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Calendar No. 541
105th Congress Report
2d Session 105-302
COASTAL HERITAGE TRAIL ROUTE
September 8 (legislative day, August 31), 1998.--Ordered to be printed
Mr. Murkowski, from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany S. 1016]
The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to which was
referred the bill (S. 1016) to authorize appropriations for the
Coastal Heritage Trail Route in New Jersey, and for other
purposes, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon
without amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.
Purpose of the Measure
The purpose of S. 1016 is to increase the appropriations
ceiling authorized for the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail
Route from $1,000,000 to $4,000,000, and to extend the
authority for National Park Service participation for five
Background and Need
The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route (Trail) is a
vehicular theme trail that links nationally and regionally
significant natural and cultural resources along the Atlantic
Coasts of New Jersey and Delaware.
The Trail is managed jointly by three State agencies in
partnership with the National Park Service and encompasses a
275 mile route from Perth Amboy on Raritan Bay, around Cape May
to Deepwater, north of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The Trail
is divided into five regions, each region will eventually have
a welcome center to provide information and exhibits. Travelers
can access the Trail at any point along the 275 mile route and
follow signs bearing the Trail's coastal logo or visit one of
the three new welcome centers developed under this program.
The Trail was originally established in 1988 under Public
Law 100-515 and was amended in 1994. Public Law 103-243
authorized $1 million of additional funds and a five year
sunset provision for activities carried out by the Secretary.
Staff support is provided by the National Park Service;
however, a lack of appropriations with which to leverage grants
and State matching funds put the project behind schedule. S.
1016 increases the Trail's funding ceiling to $4 million to
cover development and technical assistance as outlined in the
Trail's Implementation Plan. S. 1016 also authorizes a five-
year extension of the sunset provision for activities carried
out by the Secretary.
S. 1016 was introduced on July 14, 1997 by Senators
Lautenberg and Torricelli and referred to the Committee on
Energy and Natural Resources. The Subcommittee on National
Parks, Historic Preservation and Recreation held a hearing on
S. 1016 on June 18, 1998.
At its business meeting on July 29, 1998, the Committee on
Energy and Natural Resources ordered S. 1016 favorably
Committee Recommendation and Tabulation of Votes
The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in an open
business session on July 29, 1998, by a unanimous voice vote of
a quorum present, recommends that the Senate pass S. 1016, as
Summary of S. 1016
S. 1016 amends section 6 of Public Law 100-515 increasing
the Trail's authorized funding ceiling from $1 million to $4
million for development and technical assistance approved in
the Trail's Implementation Plan. S. 1016 also provides for a
five-year extension of the 1998 sunset provision, ending in
fiscal year 2003.
Cost and Budgetary Considerations
The following estimate of costs of this measure has been
provided by the Congressional Budget Office:
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, August 14, 1998.
Hon. Frank H. Murkowski,
Chairman, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate,
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for S. 1016, a bill to
authorize appropriations for the Coastal Heritage Trail Route
in New Jersey, and for other purposes.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
June E. O'Neill, Director.
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE
S. 1016--A bill to authorize appropriations for the Coastal Heritage
Trail Route in New Jersey, and for other purposes
S. 1016 would increase the existing authorization for
developing the Coastal Heritage Trail Route from $1 million to
$4 million. Other provisions of the bill would have no effect
on the federal budget. Assuming appropriation of the authorized
amounts, CBO estimates that the federal government would spend
$3 million over the next five years to implement S. 1016. The
bill would not affect direct spending or receipts; therefore,
pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
The bill contains no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and
would impose no costs on state, local, and tribal governments.
Any projects funded with appropriations authorized by this bill
would require equal matching funds from nonfederal sources,
which may include the state of New Jersey and local governments
in the state. Such spending would be voluntary on the part of
The CBO staff contact in Deborah Reis. This estimate was
approved by Robert A. Sunshine, Deputy Assistant Director for
Regulatory Impact Evaluation
In compliance with paragraph 11(b) of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee makes the following
evaluation of the regulatory impact which would be incurred in
carrying out S. 1016. The bill is not a regulatory measure in
the sense of imposing Government-established standards or
significant economic responsibilities on private individuals
No personal information would be collected in administering
the program. Therefore, there would be no impact on personal
Little, if any, additional paperwork would result from
enactment of S. 1016, as ordered reported.
The testimony of the Department of the Interior at the
Subcommittee hearing follows:
Statement of Destry Jarvis, Associate Director, External Affairs,
National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to provide your
subcommittee with the views of the Department of the Interior
on S. 1016, to authorize appropriations for the New Jersey
Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
This bill would increase the appropriations authorized for
the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route from $1,000,000 to
$4,000,000, and extend the authority for National Park Service
participation in the trail for five years, from May 1999 to May
2004. We support enactment of this bill.
The Act of October 20, 1988, as amended in 1994, authorized
the Secretary of the Interior to designate a vehicular tour
route and to prepare an inventory of sites along the route. In
addition the Secretary was authorized to prepare a coordinated
interpretive program for the trail in order to provide for
public appreciation, education, understanding and enjoyment of
the nationally significant sites in coastal New Jersey.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the State,
local governments, and other public and private entities, has
prepared and is implementing a comprehensive plan based on five
interpretive themes that link natural and cultural resources
spread over 300 miles of coastal New Jersey. The trail is
demonstrating the potential of public/private partnerships,
allowing the NPS to assist in resource preservation,
interpretation and public education in a cost-efficient manner,
primarily through the development of exhibits, audio-visual
programs, and other technical assistance. Every federal dollar
spent is matched by contributions from the partners. No federal
funds are used for operation, maintenance, or repair of any
road or related structure.
The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail celebrated its
opening on September 27th, 1993, with the introduction of the
Maritime History theme trail. Other trail themes and sites
relate to Coastal Habitats, Historic Settlements, Wildlife
Migration, and Relaxation and Inspiration. It is projected
that, when completed, the trail will include over 100 wayside
exhibits, various local information centers, and five regional
welcome centers all owned and operated by someone other than
the National Park Service.
This legislation would enable the National Park Service to
continue implementation of the trail plan, as supported by the
public and our partners in the Implementation Guide, a
blueprint for overall trail development. Without additional
time and funding, the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
will be left incomplete. The National Park Service supports
this legislation, its passage would allow us to finish
implementing the trail's plan.
This concludes my prepared remarks.
Changes in Existing Law
In compliance with paragraph 12 of rule XXVI of the
Standing Rules of the Senate, changes in existing law made by
the bill S. 1016, as ordered reported, are shown as follows
(existing law proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black
brackets, new matter is printed in italic, existing law in
which no change is proposed is shown in roman);
(Public Law 100-515, as amended--October 20, 1988)
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SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(1) by striking ``There'' and inserting ``(a) There''; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
(b)(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a),
there are hereby authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary
to carry out the purposes of the Act [$1,000,000] $4,000,000,
which is in addition to any sums appropriated for such purposes
for use during fiscal years ending on or before September 30,
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(c) The authorities provided to the Secretary under this
Act shall terminate [five] ten years after the date of
enactment of this subsection.