Paragraph 16(a) of the Settlement directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop and implement a plan for recirculation, recapture, reuse, exchange, or transfer of the Interim and Restoration Flows. Paragraph 16(b) of the Settlement provides fixed pricing of wet-year supplies to promote opportunities for groundwater banking. Additionally, Congress added a subtitle to the legislation to authorize:
- Federal cost-share assistance for local groundwater storage projects;
- Feasibility studies and construction to restore capacity in the Friant-Kern and Madera Canals;
- Feasibility studies and construction of pump-back facilities on the Friant-Kern Canal.