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Senate BillNo. 758


Introduced by Senator Block

February 27, 2015


An act to add Article 8 (commencing with Section 347) to Chapter 2.5 of Division 1 of the Water Code, relating to climate change.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 758, as amended, Block. Atmosphericbegin delete Rivers Research and Mitigationend deletebegin insert Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecastingend insert Program.

Existing law establishes the Department of Water Resources and requires the department to implement various water conservation and flood control programs and projects in the state.

This bill would establish the Atmosphericbegin delete Rivers Research and Mitigationend deletebegin insert Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecastingend insert Program in the department to, upon appropriation of special fund moneys, researchbegin insert climate forecasting andend insert the causes andbegin delete effects ofend deletebegin insert impacts that climate change has onend insert atmospheric rivers,begin delete and to take actions to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers to increase the water supply and reliability of water resources in the state andend delete to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in thebegin delete state.end deletebegin insert state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.end insert

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.  

Article 8 (commencing with Section 347) is added
2to Chapter 2.5 of Division 1 of the Water Code, to read:

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4Article 8.  Atmosphericbegin delete Rivers Research and Mitigationend deletebegin insert Rivers:
5Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecastingend insert
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347.  

(a) The Atmosphericbegin delete Rivers Research and Mitigationend delete
8begin insert Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecastingend insert Program
9is hereby established in the Department of Water Resources.

10(b) Upon appropriation of special fund moneys, including, but
11not limited to, private funds, for these purposes, the department
12shallbegin insert conductend insert researchbegin insert relating to climate forecasting andend insert the
13causes andbegin delete effects ofend deletebegin insert impacts that climate change has onend insert
14 atmospheric rivers, and shall take all actions within its existing
15authority tobegin delete capture water generated by atmospheric rivers in order
16to increase the water supply and reliability of water resources in
17the state and toend delete
operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood
18protection in thebegin delete state.end deletebegin insert state and to reoperate flood control and
19water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric
20rivers, thereby increasing water supply, hydropower availability,
21and the reliability of water resources in the state.end insert



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