Amended in Assembly March 26, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1376


Introduced by Assembly Member Perea

February 27, 2015


An actbegin delete to amend Section 13163 of the Water Code,end delete relating tobegin delete water quality.end deletebegin insert drinking water, making an appropriation thereforend insertbegin insert.end insert

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1376, as amended, Perea. State Water Resources Control Board:begin delete investigations.end deletebegin insert appropriation:end insertbegin insert drought-related drinking water projects.end insert

Existingbegin delete 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.end deletebegin insert law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, requires the State Water Resources Control Board to administer provisions relating to the regulation of drinking water to protect public health, including, but not limited to, conducting research, studies, and demonstration programs relating to the provision of a dependable, safe supply of drinking water, enforcing the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, adoption of enforcement regulations, and conducting studies and investigations to assess the quality of water in domestic water supplies. Existing law requires the state board to ensure that all public water systems are operated in compliance with the act.end insert

This bill wouldbegin delete make nonsubstantive changes to these water-quality-related investigation provisions.end deletebegin insert appropriate $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the state board, for expenditure until June 30, 2016, for grants of up to $500,000 per project for public water systems to address drought-related drinking water emergencies or threatened emergencies in the state. The bill would require the state board to make every effort to use other funds available to address drinking water emergencies, including federal funds made available for the drought, prior to using the funds appropriated pursuant to these provisions.end insert

Vote: begin deletemajority end deletebegin insert23end insert. Appropriation: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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Fifteen million dollars (15,000,000) is hereby
2appropriated from the General Fund to the State Water Resources
3Control Board, for expenditure until June 30, 2016, for grants of
4up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) per project for
5public water systems to address drought-related drinking water
6emergencies or threatened emergencies in the state. The state
7board shall make every effort to use other funds available to
8address drinking water emergencies, including federal funds made
9available for the drought, prior to using the funds appropriated
10pursuant to this section.

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SECTION 1.  

Section 13163 of the Water Code is amended to
12read:

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13163.  

(a) The state board shall coordinate
14water-quality-related investigations of state agencies, recognizing
15that other state agencies have primary statutory authority for the
16investigations, and shall consult with the concerned regional boards
17in implementing this section.

18(b) The state board from time to time shall evaluate the need
19for water-quality-related investigations to effectively develop and
20implement statewide policy for water quality control and shall
21transmit its recommendations for investigations to affected or
22concerned federal, state, and local agencies. The affected state
23agency shall comply with the recommendations or shall advise the
24state board in writing why the state agency will not comply with
25the recommendations.

P3    1(c) A state agency shall submit to the state board for review and
2comment plans for, and results of, investigations that relate to, or
3have an effect upon, water quality.

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