To authorize the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement, and for other purposes.


San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to implement the Stipulation of Settlement dated September 13, 2006, in Natural Resources Defense Council, et al. v. Kirk Rodgers, et al., United States District Court, Eastern District of California, in cooperation with the state of California. Directs the Secretary to: (1) enter into agreements with California to facilitate or expedite Settlement implementation; and (2) identify impacts and measures to mitigate impacts on adjacent and downstream water users and landowners. Provides that Settlement implementation and the reintroduction of Chinook salmon shall not result in the involuntary reduction in contract water allocations to Central Valley Project long-term contractors apart from Friant Division contractors.

Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) acquire through purchase from willing sellers property needed to implement the Settlement; and (2) dispose of such property. Requiresproceeds from the disposal of such property to be deposited into a San Joaquin River Restoration Fund.

Declares that the Settlement satisfies and discharges the Secretary's obligations under the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992. Provides for the reintroduction of Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) convert specified long-term contracts to provide for repayment of construction costs; (2) establish a conservation of resources fee for non-producing federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico; and (3) provide direct financial assistance to the California Water Institute to study coordination and integration of sub-regional integrated regional water management plans into a unified Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.

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