California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1376

Introduced by Assembly Member Perea

February 27, 2015

An act to amend Section 13163 of the Water Code, relating to water quality.


AB 1376, as introduced, Perea. State Water Resources Control Board: investigations.

Existing law designates the State Water Resources Control Board as the state pollution control agency for purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and authorizes the state board to exercise any powers delegated to the state by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Existing law requires the state board to coordinate water-quality-related investigations of state agencies and requires a state agency to submit to the state board, for review and comment, plans for, and results of, investigations that relate to, or have an effect upon, water quality.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these water-quality-related investigation provisions.

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 13163 of the Water Code is amended to

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(a) The state board shall coordinate
2water-quality-related investigations of state agencies, recognizing
3that other state agencies have primary statutory authority forbegin delete suchend delete
4begin insert theend insert investigations, and shall consult with the concerned regional
5boards in implementing this section.

6(b) The state board from time to time shall evaluate the need
7for water-quality-related investigations to effectively develop and
8implement statewide policy for water quality control and shall
9transmit its recommendations for investigations to affected or
10concerned federal, state, and local agencies. The affected state
11begin delete agenciesend deletebegin insert agencyend insert shall comply with the recommendations or shall
12advise the state board in writing whybegin delete they doend deletebegin insert the state agency willend insert
13 not comply withbegin delete suchend deletebegin insert theend insert recommendations.

14(c) begin deleteState agencies end deletebegin insertA state agency end insertshall submit to the state board
15begin insert for review and commentend insert plansbegin delete forend deletebegin insert for,end insert and resultsbegin delete of allend deletebegin insert of,end insert
16 investigations that relatebegin delete toend deletebegin insert to,end insert or have an effectbegin delete uponend deletebegin insert upon,end insert water
17qualitybegin delete for review and commentend delete.