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PUBLIC LAW 106-541—DEC. 11, 2000 114 STAT. 2659 SEC. 530. URBANIZED PEAK FLOOD MANAGEMENT RESEARCH, NEW JERSEY. (a) IN GENERAL. —The Secretary shall develop and implement a research program to evaluate opportunities to manage peak flood flows in urbanized watersheds located in the State of New Jersey. (b) SCOPE OF RESEARCH. —The research program authorized by subsection (a) shall be accomplished through the New York District of the Corps of Engineers. The research shall include the following: (1) Identification of key factors in the development of an urbanized watershed that affect peak flows in the watershed and downstream. (2) Development of peak flow management models for 4 to 6 watersheds in urbanized areas with widely differing geology, shapes, and soil types that can be used to determine optimal flow reduction factors for individual watersheds. (c) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—The Secretary shall evaluate policy Deadline, changes in the planning process for flood damage reduction projects based on the results of the research under this section and transmit to Congress a report on such results not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act. (d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. —There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $3,000,000. SEC. 531. NEPPERHAN RIVER, YONKERS, NEW YORK The Secretary shall provide technical assistance to the city of Yonkers, New York, in support of activities relating to the dredging of the Nepperhan River outlet. New York. SEC. 532. UPPER MOHAWK RIVER BASIN, NEW YORK (a) IN GENERAL. —The Secretary, in cooperation with the Secretary of Agriculture and the State of New York, shall conduct a study, develop a strategy, and implement a project to reduce flood damages and create wildlife habitat through wetlands restoration, soil and water conservation practices, nonstructural measures, and other appropriate means in the Upper Mohawk River Basin, at an estimated Federal cost of $10,000,000. (b) IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGY.—The Secretary shall implement the strategy under this section in cooperation with local landowners and local government. Projects to implement the strategy shall be designed to take advantage of ongoing or planned actions by other agencies, local municipalities, or nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations with expertise in wetlands restoration that would increase the effectiveness or decrease the overall cost of implementing recommended projects and may include the acquisition of wetlands, from willing sellers, that contribute to the Upper Mohawk River basin ecosystem. (c) COOPERATION AGREEMENTS. — In carrying out activities under this section, the Secretary shall enter into cooperation agreements to provide financial assistance to appropriate Federal, State, and local government agencies and appropriate nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations with expertise in wetland restoration, with the consent of the affected local government. Financial assistance provided may include activities for the implementation of wetlands restoration projects and soil and water conservation measures.