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                                   THIRD READING 

          Bill No:  AB 1716
          Author:   McCarty (D) and Cooley (D), et al.
          Amended:  8/19/16 in Senate
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE:  6-2, 6/28/16
           AYES:  Pavley, Allen, Hertzberg, Hueso, Jackson, Monning
           NOES:  Stone, Vidak
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Wolk

           AYES:  Lara, Beall, Hill, McGuire, Mendoza
           NOES:  Bates, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  59-20, 6/1/16 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   Lower American River Conservancy Program

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill establishes the Lower American River  
          Conservancy Program within the Wildlife Conservation Board.

          Senate Floor Amendments of 8/19/16 add three public members to  
          the Lower American River Conservancy Program (Program) proposed  
          to be included in the Wildlife Conservation Board (Board) and  
          add a provision that another local public entity, in addition to  
          Sacramento County, may hold title to lands acquired by this  
          program. The amendments also make numerous clarifying changes.


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          Existing law: 

           1) Recognizes the American River Parkway (Parkway) in the Urban  
             American River Parkway Preservation Act and the Bushy Lake  
             Preservation Act. The Parkway was established in 1959 with  
             support from Sacramento County, the state, and other entities  
             to provide recreational, flood control, water supply, water  
             quality, and wildlife habitat to the greater Sacramento  

           2) Includes the Lower American River as part of the California  
             Wild and Scenic Rivers System and the National Wild and  
             Scenic Rivers System. 

           3) Designates the American River Parkway Plan as the management  
             plan for the Lower American River under the California Wild  
             and Scenic Rivers Act. The above-referenced statutes define  
             the "American River Parkway Plan" to mean the management  
             plans for the Lower American River adopted by the County of  
             Sacramento on September 10, 2008, by Resolution No.  
             2008-0946, and by the City of Sacramento on November 6, 2008,  
             by Resolution No. 2008-731, and endorsed by the City of  
             Rancho Cordova on September 15, 2008, by Resolution No.  

           4) Defines the "Lower American River" is defined to mean the  
             portion of the American River between Nimbus Dam and the  
             confluence of the American River with the Sacramento River  
             and the adjacent lands as described in the Plan.

           5) Permits the Plan to be amended through a local amendment  
             process, provided such amendments are consistent with the  


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          This bill: 

           1) Contains numerous finding regarding the attributes and  
             contributions of the Lower American River to the greater  
             Sacramento area for numerous recreational, environmental, and  
             educational purposes. 

           2) Establishes the Program within the Board. 

           3) Establishes an advisory committee consisting of three county  
             supervisors or their designees, two City of Sacramento  
             representatives or their designees, a representative of the  
             City of Rancho Cordova, state representation from the Natural  
             Resources Agency, the Department of Finance, and the State  
             Lands Commission, and three public members, one appointed by  
             the Governor, one appointed by the Senate Rules Committee,  
             and one appointed by the Speaker. The advisory committee is  
             subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act. 

           4) Requires the Board to coordinate and consult with the County  
             of Sacramento as to whether the Board's proposed actions are  
             consistent with the Plan. 

           5) Contains administrative criteria regarding the  
             administration of the Program by the Board. 

           6) Requires that title to any acquisition projects be held by  
             the County or another local public entity wiling to hold  

           7) Contains numerous provisions regarding the uses of funding  
             that may become available through a bond measure or other  

           8) Provides that the County remains the management entity of  
             the Parkway and also prohibits the Board from owning land. 


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           9) Establishes a preference, where feasible, for the Board to  
             give a preference to projects that utilize the California  
             Conservation Corps or Community Conservation Corps. 

           10)Establishes the Lower American River Conservancy Program  
             Fund which is subject to appropriation by the Legislature. 

           11)Contains other administrative and technical provisions. 

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    Yes         Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, approximately  
          $300,000 (special fund) to the Board plus other potentially  
          significant cost pressures (various special funds) to fund  
          programs and projects in the program area within existing  

          SUPPORT:   (Verified8/20/16)

          Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
          American River Parkway Foundation
          Audubon California
          California Association of Local Conservation Corps
          California Trout
          City of Sacramento 
          County of Sacramento
          Friends of the River
          Planning and Conservation League
          Regional Water Authority
          Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates
          Sacramento Environmental Commission
          Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps
          Save the American River Association
          Sierra Club California
          The River District Business Association


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          OPPOSITION:   (Verified8/20/16)

          None received

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:  According to the author, the American  
          River and the American River Parkway are vitally important to  
          the people, economy, and culture of Sacramento and West  
          Sacramento, and other communities in Sacramento County. 

          The Parkway encompasses 5,000 acres of riverfront accessible by  
          cyclists and pedestrians. Nearly eight million people visit the  
          Parkway each year generating $364 million for the local economy.  

          It is particularly important in the Sacramento region to  
          recognize the importance of urban rivers to promote the health  
          and welfare of a modern city. The Parkway not only provides  
          physical exercise such as hiking, fishing, and bicycling, but  
          much of the Parkway provides an opportunity to be in a natural  
          setting only minutes from urban congestion. 

          The City of Sacramento points out that as a program of the  
          Board, the American River would be eligible for additional  
          funding. It states that of the $740 million of state bond and  
          general funds allocated to rivers since 1996, $660 million has  
          gone to rivers with state conservancies, but the American River  
          has received only $3 million. 

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  59-20, 6/1/16
          AYES:  Alejo, Travis Allen, Arambula, Atkins, Baker, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chiu,  
            Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier,  
            Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez,  
            Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones,  
            Jones-Sawyer, Lackey, Levine, Lopez, Low, Maienschein,  
            McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, O'Donnell, Quirk,  
            Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone,  
            Thurmond, Ting, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, Wood, Rendon
          NOES:  Achadjian, Bigelow, Brough, Chang, Chávez, Dahle, Beth  
            Gaines, Gallagher, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Kim, Mathis, Mayes,  


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            Melendez, Obernolte, Olsen, Patterson, Steinorth, Wagner
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Linder

          Prepared by:William Craven / N.R. & W. / (916) 651-4116
          8/22/16 22:59:18

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