Amended in Senate April 30, 2015

Amended in Senate April 21, 2015

Amended in Senate April 8, 2015

Senate BillNo. 758


Introduced by Senator Block

February 27, 2015


An act to addbegin delete Section 12805.4 to the Governmentend deletebegin insert Article 8 (commencing with Section 347) to Chapter 2.5 of Division 1 of the Waterend insert Code, relating to climate change.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 758, as amended, Block. Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Program.

Existing law establishes thebegin delete Natural Resources Agency, comprised of departments, boards, conservancies, and commissions responsible for the restoration, protection, and management of the state’s natural and cultural resources.end deletebegin insert Department of Water Resources and requires the department to implement various water conservation and flood control programs and projects in the state.end insert

This bill would establish the Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Program in the begin deleteNatural Resources Agencyend deletebegin insert departmentend insert to research the causes and effects of atmospheric rivers, and to take actions to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers to increase the water supply and reliability of water resources in the state and to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state. The bill would establish the Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Fund in the State Treasury for the purposes of funding the program.

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

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 12805.4 is added to the Government
2Code
, to read:

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12805.4.  

end delete
4begin insert

begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

end insert

begin insertArticle 8 (commencing with Section 347) is added
5to Chapter 2.5 of Division 1 of the end insert
begin insertWater Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

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begin insert
7Article begin insert8.end insert  begin insertAtmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigationend insert
end insert
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9begin insert

begin insert347.end insert  

end insert

(a) The Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation
10Program is hereby established in thebegin delete Natural Resources Agency.end delete
11begin insert Department of Water Resources.end insert

12(b) Under the program, thebegin delete agencyend deletebegin insert departmentend insert shall research
13the causes and effects of atmospheric rivers, and shall take all
14actions within its existing authority to capture water generated by
15atmospheric rivers in order to increase the water supply and
16reliability of water resources in the state and to operate reservoirs
17in a manner that improves flood protection in the state.

18(c) The Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Fund is
19hereby established in the State Treasury for the deposit of moneys
20to be expended by thebegin delete agencyend deletebegin insert departmentend insert for the program.



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