California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1201


Introduced by Assembly Member Salas

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Section 13000 of the Water Code, relating to water quality.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1201, as introduced, Salas. Water quality.

The Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act establishes a statewide program for the control of the quality of all the waters in the state and makes certain legislative findings and declarations.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to the legislative findings and declarations.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 13000 of the Water Code is amended to
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begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert The Legislature finds and declares that the people
4of the state have a primary interest in the conservation, control,
5and utilization of the water resources of the state, and that the
6quality of all the waters of the state shall be protected for use and
7enjoyment by the people of the state.

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9begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert Legislature further finds and declares that activities and
10factors which may affect the quality of the waters of the state shall
P2    1be regulated to attain the highest water qualitybegin delete whichend deletebegin insert thatend insert is
2reasonable, considering all demands being made and to be made
3on those waters and the total values involved, beneficial and
4detrimental, economic and social, tangible and intangible.

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6begin insert(c)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert Legislature further finds and declares that the health,
7begin delete safetyend deletebegin insert safety,end insert and welfare of the people of the state requires that
8there be a statewide program for the control of the quality of all
9the waters of the state; that the state must be prepared to exercise
10its full power and jurisdiction to protect the quality of waters in
11the state from degradation originating inside or outside the
12boundaries of the state; that the waters of the state are increasingly
13influenced by interbasin water development projects and other
14statewide considerations; that factors of precipitation, topography,
15population, recreation, agriculture,begin delete industryend deletebegin insert industry,end insert and economic
16development vary from region to region within the state; and that
17the statewide program for water quality control can be most
18effectively administered regionally, within a framework of
19statewide coordination and policy.



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