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AB-157 Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 79720 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79720.
 The sum of five three  hundred twenty million dollars ($520,000,000) forty-one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($341,250,000)  shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, for expenditures, grants, and loans for projects that improve water quality or help provide clean, safe, and reliable drinking water to all Californians. the purposes of this chapter. 

SEC. 2.

 Section 79720.1 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79720.1.
 (a) From the funds described in Section 79720, one hundred forty-two million five hundred thousand dollars ($142,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, for the planning, design, and construction of local and regional drought relief projects that reduce the impacts of drought conditions, including, but not limited to, the impacts of reductions in Delta diversions. Eligible projects include all of the following:
(1) Water conservation and efficiency projects, including installation of the most water efficient fixtures commercially available.
(2) Water recycling and related infrastructure.
(3) Groundwater cleanup.
(4) Local and regional conveyance projects that improve water supplies and public benefits associated with conveyance facilities.
(5) Other local and regional water supply reliability projects.
(6) Local and regional surface water storage projects that provide emergency water supplies and water supply reliability in drought conditions.
(b) Projects funded pursuant to this section shall meet both of the following requirements:
(1) The project will provide a sustainable water supply that does not contribute to groundwater overdraft or increase surface water diversions.
(2) The project is capable of being operational within two years of receiving the grant.
(c) Preference shall be given to applicants that can demonstrate substantial past and current investments in conservation and local water projects.
(d) Not more than 10 percent of the funds provided pursuant to this section shall be available for planning, investigations, studies, and monitoring.
(e) The department shall require a cost share of not less than 50 percent of total project costs from nonstate sources. The department may waive or reduce the cost-sharing requirement for projects that directly benefit disadvantaged communities or economically distressed areas.
(f) From the funds described in this section, the sum of seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) shall be made available for local and regional water projects, including surface storage projects, that provide emergency water supplies and water supply reliability in drought conditions in San Diego County.

SEC. 3.

 Section 79720.2 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79720.2.
 From the funds described in Section 79720, the sum of sixty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($67,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, for grants to disadvantaged communities and economically distressed areas experiencing economic impacts from drought for drought relief projects and programs.

SEC. 4.

 Section 79720.3 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79720.3.
 From the funds described in Section 79720, the sum of fifty-six million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($56,250,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, to the State Water Resources Control Board for grants for small community wastewater treatment projects, to protect water quality, that meet all of the following criteria:
(a) The project is for the planning, design, permitting, construction, or improvement of a wastewater treatment facility, sewer system, or related infrastructure necessary to meet water quality standards or prevent contamination of surface water or groundwater resources.
(b) The project will serve a community with a population of 20,000 or less.
(c) The project meets other standards that may be established by the State Water Resources Control Board with respect to the design, construction, financing, and operation of the project.

SEC. 5.

 Section 79720.4 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79720.4.
 (a) From the funds described in Section 79720, sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) shall be available for deposit into the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund created pursuant to Section 116760.30 of the Health and Safety Code.
(b) From the funds described in this section, up to six million dollars ($6,000,000) shall be made available for grants for projects within the City of Maywood that design and implement water supply infrastructure upgrades that provide for safe drinking water.

SEC. 6.

 Section 79720.6 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79720.6.
 From the funds described in Section 79720, the sum of fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be available for water quality and public health projects on the New River.

SEC. 7.

 Section 79721 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79721.
 The projects eligible for funding pursuant to this chapter shall help improve water quality for a beneficial use. The purposes of this chapter are to:
(a) Reduce contaminants in drinking water supplies regardless of the source of the water or the contamination.
(b) Assess and prioritize the risk of contamination to drinking water supplies.
(c) Address the critical and immediate needs of disadvantaged, rural, or small communities that suffer from contaminated drinking water supplies, including, but not limited to, projects that address a public health emergency.
(d) Leverage other private, federal, state, and local drinking water quality and wastewater treatment funds.
(e) Reduce contaminants in discharges to, and improve the quality of, waters of the state.
(f) Prevent further contamination of drinking water supplies.
(g) Provide disadvantaged communities with public drinking water infrastructure that provides clean, safe, and reliable drinking water supplies that the community can sustain over the long term.
(h) Ensure access to clean, safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water for California’s communities.
(i) The  Meet primary and secondary safe drinking water standards or remove contaminants identified by the state or federal government for development of a primary or secondary drinking water standard.  sum of seven hundred eighty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($787,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, from the fund to the department for competitive grants and expenditures in accordance with Section 79722. 

SEC. 8.

 Section 79722 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79722.
 (a) Except as provided in subdivision (f), the department shall award grants to eligible projects that implement an adopted integrated regional water management plan.
(b) An urban water supplier that does not prepare, adopt, and submit its urban water management plan in accordance with the Urban Water Management Planning Act (Part 2.6 (commencing with Section 10610) of Division 6) is ineligible to receive funds made available pursuant to Section 79721 until the urban water management plan is prepared and submitted in accordance with the requirements of that act.
(c) For the purposes of awarding a grant under this chapter, the department shall require a local cost share of not less than 50 percent of the total costs of the project. The department may waive or reduce the cost-sharing requirement for projects that directly benefit a disadvantaged community or an economically distressed area.
(d) Eligible projects are those included in adopted integrated regional water management plans consistent with Part 2.2 (commencing with Section 10530) of Division 6, including, but not limited to, local and regional surface water storage projects.
(e) The funding provided in Section 79721 shall be allocated to each hydrologic region as identified in the California Water Plan in accordance with this subdivision. For the South Coast hydrologic region, the department shall establish three funding areas that reflect the watersheds of San Diego County (designated as the San Diego subregion), the Santa Ana River watershed and southern Orange County (designated as the Santa Ana subregion), and the Los Angeles and Ventura County watersheds (designated as the Los Angeles subregion), and shall allocate funds to those areas in accordance with this subdivision. The North and South Lahontan hydrologic regions shall be treated as one area for the purpose of allocating funds. For purposes of this subdivision, the Sacramento River hydrologic region does not include the Delta. For purposes of this subdivision, the Mountain Counties Overlay is not eligible for funds from the Sacramento River hydrologic region or the San Joaquin River hydrologic region. The department may recognize multiple integrated regional water management plans in each of the areas allocated funding. Funds made available by this chapter shall be allocated as follows:
(1) North Coast: $33,750,000.
(2) San Francisco Bay: $99,000,000.
(3) Central Coast: $43,500,000.
(4) Los Angeles subregion: $148,500,000.
(5) Santa Ana subregion: $96,000,000.
(6) San Diego subregion: $65,250,000.
(7) Sacramento River: $57,000,000.
(8) San Joaquin River: $48,000,000.
(9) Tulare/Kern: $52,500,000.
(10) North/South Lahontan: $38,250,000.
(11) Colorado River Basin: $35,250,000.
(12) Mountain Counties Overlay: $33,000,000.
(13) Interregional: $37,500,000.
The (f)   contaminants that may be addressed with funding pursuant to this chapter may include, but shall not be limited to, nitrates, perchlorate, MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether), arsenic, selenium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, PCE (perchloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), DCE (dichloroethene), DCA (dichloroethane), 1,2,3-TCP (trichloropropane), carbon tetrachloride, 1,4-dioxane, 1,4-dioxacyclohexane, nitrosodimethylamine, bromide, iron, manganese, and uranium. Interregional funds may be expended directly or granted by the department to address multiregional needs or state priorities, including, but not limited to, any of the following: 
(1) Investing in new water technology development and deployment.
(2) Meeting state water recycling and water conservation goals.
(3) Adapting to climate change impacts.
(4) Reducing contributions to climate change.
(5) Other projects to improve statewide water management systems.
(6) Other projects and activities designed to meet the needs of disadvantaged communities or economically distressed areas including technical and grant writing assistance.
(g) Seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000) of the interregional funds shall be available for a grant to the University of California, Sierra Nevada Research Institute of the University of California, for the development and deployment of measurement infrastructure and related information technology to identify and analyze water supply impacts of climate change on the Sierra Nevada snow pack and runoff.

SEC. 9.

 Section 79723 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79723.
 Of (a)   the funds authorized by Section 79720, two hundred sixty million dollars ($260,000,000) shall be available for deposit in the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Small Community Grant Fund created pursuant to Section 13477.6 for grants for wastewater treatment projects. Priority shall be given to projects that serve disadvantaged communities and severely disadvantaged communities, and to projects that address public health hazards. Projects may include, but not be limited to, projects that identify, plan, design, and implement regional mechanisms to consolidate wastewater systems or provide affordable treatment technologies. The sum of two hundred sixty-two million five hundred thousand dollars ($262,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, from the fund to the department for grants and expenditures for the planning, design, and construction of local and regional conveyance projects that support regional and interregional connectivity and water management. Projects shall be consistent with an adopted integrated regional water management plan and shall provide one or more of the following benefits: 
(1) Improvements in regional or interregional water supply and water supply reliability.
(2) Mitigation of conditions of groundwater overdraft, saline water intrusion, water quality degradation, or subsidence.
(3) Adaptation to the impacts of hydrologic changes.
(4) Improved water security from drought, natural disasters, or other events that could interrupt imported water supplies.
(5) Providing safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities and economically distressed areas.
(b) Not more than 10 percent of the funds provided by this section shall be available for planning, investigations, studies, and monitoring.
(c) The department shall require a cost share of not less than 50 percent of total project costs from nonstate sources. The department may waive or reduce the cost share requirement for projects that directly benefit disadvantaged communities or economically distressed areas.

SEC. 10.

 Section 79731 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79731.
 The sum of one billion six hundred eighty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,687,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation from the fund, for grants and direct expenditures, as follows:
(a) (1) Five hundred sixty-two million five hundred thousand dollars ($562,500,000) for projects, including grants to Delta counties and cities within the Delta, that provide public benefits and support Delta sustainability options, including projects and supporting scientific studies and assessments that do any of the following:
(A) Ensure that urban and agricultural water supplies derived from the Delta, including water supplies used within the Delta, are not disrupted because of catastrophic failures of Delta levees resulting from earthquakes, floods, land sinking, rising ocean levels, or other forces.
(B) Assist in preserving economically viable and sustainable agriculture and other economic activities in the Delta.
(C) Improve the quality of drinking water derived from the Delta.
(D) Improve levee and flood control facilities and other vital infrastructure necessary to protect Delta communities affected by the implementation of this chapter.
(E) Provide physical improvements or other actions to create waterflow and water quality conditions within the Delta to provide adequate habitat for native fish and wildlife.
(F) Facilitate other projects that provide public benefits and support Delta sustainability options approved by the Legislature, including costs associated with planning, monitoring, and design of alternatives, and project modifications and adaptations necessary to achieve the goals of this chapter.
(G) Mitigate other impacts of water conveyance and ecosystem restoration.
(H) Provide or improve water quality facilities and other infrastructure.
(2) Of the funds provided in this subdivision, not less than thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000) shall be available for matching grants for improvements to wastewater treatment facilities upstream of the Delta to improve Delta water quality.
(3)  Of the funds authorized by Section 79730, the sum of three hundred twenty-seven provided in this subdivision, up to one hundred eighty-seven  million five hundred thousand dollars ($327,500,000) shall be allocated for multibenefit water quality, water supply, and watershed protection and restoration projects for the watersheds of the state in accordance with the following schedule: ($187,500,000) may be expended in the Delta to provide assistance to local governments and the local agricultural economy due to loss of productive agricultural lands for habitat and ecosystem restoration within the Delta. 
(a) Baldwin Hills Conservancy, ten million dollars ($10,000,000).
(b) California Tahoe Conservancy, fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000).
(c) Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, ten million dollars ($10,000,000).
(d) Ocean Protection Council, thirty million dollars ($30,000,000).
(e) San Diego River Conservancy, seventeen million dollars ($17,000,000).
(f) San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, thirty million dollars ($30,000,000).
(g) San Joaquin River Conservancy, ten million dollars ($10,000,000).
(h) Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, thirty million dollars ($30,000,000).
(i) (b)  Sierra Nevada Conservancy,  One billion one hundred  twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000). ($1,125,000,000) for projects to protect and enhance the sustainability of the Delta ecosystem, including any of the following: 
(j) (1)  State Coastal Conservancy, one hundred million five hundred thousand dollars ($100,500,000). Eligible watersheds for the funds allocated pursuant to this subdivision include, but are not limited to, those that are in the San Francisco Bay Conservancy region, the Santa Ana River watershed, the Tijuana River watershed, the Otay River watershed, Catalina Island, and the central coast region. Projects for the development and implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, consistent with Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 2800) of Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code. The projects shall be implemented through a cooperative effort among regulatory agencies, regulated and potentially regulated entities, and affected parties, including state and federal water contractors. These funds may be expended for the preparation of environmental documentation and environmental compliance. 
(2) Other projects to protect and restore native fish and wildlife dependent on the Delta ecosystem, including the acquisition of water rights and the removal or reduction of undesirable invasive species.
(3) Projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from exposed Delta soils.
(4) Projects that reduce impacts of mercury contamination of the Delta and its watersheds, and remediation and elimination of continuing sources of mercury contamination.
(5) Scientific studies and assessments that support the projects authorized under this section.
(k) (c)  Funds provided by this chapter shall be available for appropriation to, among other entities, the  Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, fifty million dollars ($50,000,000). Conservancy for implementation consistent with the Delta Plan. 

SEC. 11.

 Section 79740 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79740.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 162, the commission may make the determinations, findings, and recommendations required of it by this chapter independent of the views of the director. All final actions by the commission in implementing this chapter shall be taken by a majority of the members of the commission at a public meeting noticed and held pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
The (b)   sum of eight hundred ten million dollars ($810,000,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature  Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the sum of two billion two hundred fifty million dollars ($2,250,000,000) is hereby continuously appropriated  from the fund, for expenditures on, and competitive grants and loans to, projects that are included in and implemented in an adopted integrated regional water management plan consistent with Part 2.2 (commencing with Section 10530) of Division 6 and respond to climate change and contribute to regional water security as  without regard to fiscal years, to the commission for public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions, in accordance with this chapter. Funds authorized for, or made available to, the commission pursuant to this chapter shall be available and expended only for the purposes  provided in this chapter. chapter, and shall not be subject to appropriation or transfer by the Legislature or the Governor for any other purpose. 
(c) Projects shall be selected by the commission through a competitive public process that ranks potential projects based on the expected return for public investment as measured by the magnitude of the public benefits provided, pursuant to criteria established under this chapter.
(d) Any project constructed with funds provided by this chapter shall be subject to Section 11590.

SEC. 12.

 Section 79750 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79750.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 162, the commission may make the determinations, findings, and recommendations required of it by this chapter independent of the views of the director. All final actions by the commission in implementing this chapter shall be taken by a majority of the members of the commission at a public meeting noticed and held pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(b) The  Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the sum of two billion seven hundred million dollars ($2,700,000,000) is hereby continuously appropriated from the fund, without regard to fiscal years, to the commission for public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions, in   sum of one billion three hundred thirty-eight million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,338,750,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, in  accordance with this chapter. Funds authorized for, or made available to, the commission pursuant to this chapter shall be available and expended only for the purposes provided in this chapter, and shall not be subject to appropriation or transfer by the Legislature or the Governor for any other purpose. chapter, for expenditures and grants for ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects, including, but not limited to, all of the following watersheds: 
(a) The San Joaquin River watershed.
(b) The Kern River and Tulare Basin watersheds.
(c) Projects shall be selected by the commission through a competitive public process that ranks potential projects based on the expected return for public investment as measured by the magnitude of the public benefits provided, pursuant to criteria established under this chapter. The Salton Sea and Colorado River watersheds. 
(d) Any project constructed with funds provided by this chapter shall be subject to Section 11590. The Los Angeles River watershed. 
(e) The San Gabriel River watershed.
(f) The Santa Ana River watershed.
(g) The Klamath River watershed, including the Trinity, Scott, and Shasta Rivers and watersheds.
(h) The North Coast watersheds.
(i) The San Francisco Bay watersheds.
(j) The Central Coast watersheds.
(k) The South Coast watersheds.
(l) The Lake Tahoe Basin watershed.
(m) The Sacramento River watershed, including the Yolo Bypass.
(n) The San Diego County coastal watersheds.
(o) The Ventura River watershed.
(p) The Sierra Nevada Mountain watersheds.
(q) The Mojave River watershed.
(r) The Owens River watershed.
(s) The Santa Monica Bay watershed.
(t) The watersheds of Marin County.
(u) The watersheds of Orange County.

SEC. 13.

 Section 79755 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79755.
 (a) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, not less than one hundred eighty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($187,500,000) shall be available to the State Coastal Conservancy for projects within coastal counties and coastal watersheds. Of this amount, not less than thirty million dollars ($30,000,000) shall be available for grants in San Diego County, including not less than fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) in grants to the San Diego River Conservancy, not less than thirty million dollars ($30,000,000) shall be available for the Santa Ana River Parkway, and not less than fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be available for grants for protection and restoration of the Bolsa Chica wetlands and adjacent uplands and for associated visitor and interpretive natural history or archeological facilities.
(b) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, not less than seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) shall be available to the Wildlife Conservation Board for direct expenditures or grants for the acquisition of water rights from willing sellers and the conveyance of water for the benefit of migratory birds on wildlife refuges and wildlife habitat areas subject to Section 3406(d) of the federal Central Valley Project Improvement Act (Public Law 102-575), if the acquisition of water rights by the Wildlife Conservation Board is consistent with that federal act. All costs associated with the acquisition of water rights by the Wildlife Conservation Board for the purposes set forth under this section shall be paid out of the funds designated for the Wildlife Conservation Board.
(a) (c)  Except as provided in subdivision (c), no funds allocated  Of the funds provided in Section 79750, not less than one hundred sixty-one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($161,250,000) shall be available to the Wildlife Conservation Board for direct expenditures or grants for the protection or restoration of watershed lands or rivers and streams that support species listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law, consistent with the requirements of programs identified in Division 2 (commencing with Section 700) of the Fish and Game Code, and requirements to implement or develop a natural community conservation plan pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 2800) of Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code. Of the funds provided in this section, the sum of eighteen million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($18,750,000) shall be available to the San Joaquin River Conservancy for river parkway projects. Of the funds provided in this subdivision, not less than fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be available for watershed protection projects that reduce the fragmentation of habitats by promoting the linkage of existing public lands in Ventura County. In order to ensure programmatic consistency with ongoing state conservancy programs, any project financed  pursuant to this chapter may be allocated for a project before December 15, 2016, and until the commission approves the project based on the commission’s determination that all of the following have occurred: paragraph within the jurisdiction of any conservancy, shall be upon application of, and by grant to, that respective conservancy. The conservancy may apply on behalf of a local agency, and in that case, the board may make the grant award directly to that local agency. 
(d) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, fifty-six million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($56,250,000) shall be available to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for the purposes described in subdivision (d) of Section 79752.
(e) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, fifty-six million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($56,250,000) shall be available to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for implementation of watershed protection activities throughout the watershed of the upper Los Angeles River.
(1) (f)  The commission has adopted the regulations specified in Section 79754 and specifically quantified and made public the cost of the public benefits associated with the project. Of the funds provided in Section 79750, fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be available to the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. 
(g) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, eighteen million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($18,750,000) shall be available for Santa Monica Bay watershed projects pursuant to Division 23 (commencing with Section 33000) of the Public Resources Code.
(h) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000) shall be available to the State Coastal Conservancy for coastal salmonid restoration projects.
(i) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) shall be available to the Lake Tahoe Conservancy for the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program as described in subdivision (c) of Section 79752.
(j) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be available to the Department of Conservation for the California Farmland Conservancy Program Act (Division 10.2 (commencing with Section 10200) of the Public Resources Code). Up to three million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($3,750,000) may be used for the Department of Conservation Watershed Coordinator Grant Program.
(k) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000) shall be available to the secretary for projects in accordance with the California River Parkways Act of 2004 (Chapter 3.8 (commencing with Section 5750) of Division 5 of the Public Resources Code). Up to fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) may be transferred to the department for the Urban Streams Restoration Program pursuant to Section 7048 of the Water Code.
(l) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, not less than fifty-six million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($56,250,000) shall be available to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for grants, loans, direct expenditures, and other purposes and projects consistent with the mission and laws governing the conservancy, including, but not limited to, physical projects, projects for the provision of public access, educational and interpretive activities, projects to improve community sustainability and institutional infrastructure, planning, including collaborative public processes, monitoring, and research activities.
(m) Of the funds provided in Section 79750, seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) shall be available for Salton Sea restoration pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 79752.
(2) (n)  The project applicant has entered into a contract with each party that will derive benefits, other than public benefits, as defined in Section 79753, from the project that ensures the party will pay its share of the total costs of the project. The benefits available to a party shall be consistent with that party’s share of total project costs. Of the funds provided in Section 79750, seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000) shall be available to the Natural Resources Agency for planning for natural resources and watershed protections to address climate change impacts and adaptation. 
(3) (o)  The project applicant has entered into a contract with each public agency identified in Section 79754 that administers the public benefits, after that agency makes a finding that the public benefits of the project for which that agency is responsible meet all the requirements of this chapter, to ensure that the public contribution of funds pursuant to this chapter achieves the public benefits identified for the project. Of the funds provided in Section 79750, twenty-two million five hundred thousand dollars ($22,500,000) shall be available to the Department of Parks and Recreation for grants for watershed education facilities. Of this amount, fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be available for capital improvements to watershed education centers that serve an urban area with a population of over one million. 
(4) (p)  The commission has held a public hearing  Of the funds provided in Section 79750, seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000) shall be deposited in the California Waterfowl Habitat Preservation Account  for the purposes of providing an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the information required to be prepared pursuant to this subdivision. implementing the California Waterfowl Habitat Program described in Article 7 (commencing with Section 3460) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 4 of the Fish and Game Code, the California Landowner Incentive Program, and the Permanent Wetland Easement Program.  
(5) All of the following additional conditions are met:
(A) Feasibility studies have been completed.
(B) The commission has found and determined that the project is feasible, is consistent with all applicable laws and regulations, and will advance the long-term objectives of restoring ecological health and improving water management for beneficial uses of the Delta.
(C) All environmental documentation associated with the project has been completed, and all other federal, state, and local approvals, certifications, and agreements required to be completed have been obtained.
(b) The commission shall submit to the Legislature its findings for each of the criteria identified in subdivision (a) for a project funded pursuant to this chapter.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), funds may be made available under this chapter for the completion of environmental documentation and permitting of a project.

SEC. 14.

 Section 79756 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79756.
 (a) The public benefit cost share of a project funded pursuant to this chapter, other than a project described in subdivision (c) of Section 79751, shall not exceed 50 percent of the total costs of any project funded under this chapter. Seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) of the funds provided pursuant to Section 79750 shall be allocated to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for direct expenditures or grants for fuel treatment and forest restoration projects to protect watersheds tributary to dams or reservoirs from the adverse impacts of fire and erosion, to promote forest health in those watersheds, to protect life and property, to provide for climate change adaptation, and reduce total wildfire costs and losses. Funds shall be available in accordance with the following requirements: 
(1) Fifty million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($50,250,000) shall be available to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to provide technical assistance for project development and implementation and to fund grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of fuel treatment projects that will reduce wildfire risks, protect watersheds tributary to water storage facilities, and promote watershed health.
(2) Eighteen million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($18,750,000) shall be available to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to provide technical assistance for project development and implementation, and for grants and loans for fuel treatment and reforestation projects to eligible landowners as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 4793 of the Public Resources Code and consistent with the provisions of the California Forest Improvement Act of 1978.
(3) The sum of six million dollars ($6,000,000) shall be available to do all of the following:
(A) Reimburse incremental costs to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection resulting from implementation of fuel reduction projects consistent with the provisions of the Vegetation Management Program established under Article 2 (commencing with Section 4475) of Chapter 7 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code. These projects shall include three or more pilot projects to utilize the fuels removed for energy production or other wood product uses.
(B) Reimburse costs of conservation camp crews used to conduct fuel reduction activities, and costs to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for conducting prefire management projects consistent with the 1996 California Fire Plan or its successor plan.
(b) No project may be funded unless it provides ecosystem improvements as described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 79753 that are at least 50 percent of total public benefits of the project funded under this chapter. Funding criteria and projects shall demonstrate the linkage between the project and the protection of watershed health, protection of watershed storage capacity, maintenance or enhancement of forest health, protection of life and property, and greenhouse gas reduction. 

SEC. 15.

 Section 79757 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79757.
 (a) Of  A project is not eligible for funding under this chapter unless, by January 1, 2022,   the funds provided in Section 79750, not more than one hundred eighty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($187,500,000) shall be available for dam removal and related measures in the Klamath River watershed if the secretary finds that  all of the following conditions are  have been  met:
(1) All feasibility studies are complete and draft environmental documentation is available for public review.
(2) (a)  The commission makes a finding that the project is feasible, and will advance the long-term objectives of restoring ecological health and improving water management for beneficial uses of the Delta. State of California, the State of Oregon, the United States, and PacifiCorp have executed a dam removal agreement. 
(3) (b)  The director receives commitments for not less than 75 percent of the nonpublic benefit cost share of the project. State of California, the State of Oregon, and the United States have made the determinations required under the agreement to effect dam removal. 
(b) (c)  If compliance with subdivision (a) is delayed by litigation or failure to promulgate regulations, the date in subdivision (a) shall be extended by the commission for a time period that is equal to the time period of the delay, and funding under this chapter that has been dedicated to the project shall be encumbered until the time at which the litigation is completed or the regulations have been promulgated. Ratepayer funds required by the agreement have been authorized and will be timely provided. 
(d) All other conditions required in the agreement have been met.

SEC. 16.

 Section 79758 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79758.
 Surface storage projects funded pursuant to this chapter and described in subdivision (a) of Section 79751 may be made a unit of the Central Valley Project as  Of the funds  provided in Section 11290 and may be financed, acquired, constructed, operated, and maintained pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 11100) of Division 6. 79750, not less than fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) shall be allocated to Siskiyou County for the purpose of economic development as defined in Section 13997.2 of the Government Code. 

SEC. 17.

 Section 79759 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79759.
 (a) Of  The funds allocated for the design, acquisition, and construction of surface storage projects identified in the CALFED Bay-Delta Record of Decision, dated August 28, 2000, pursuant to this chapter may be provided for those purposes to local joint powers authorities formed by irrigation districts and other local water districts and local governments within the applicable hydrologic region to design, acquire, and construct those projects.  the funds provided in Section 79750, the sum of thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, to the California State University for the purposes of funding agricultural water supply, water use, efficiency, water quality, and related research and education efforts in accordance with the California State University Water Resources and Policy Initiatives. 
(b) The joint powers authorities described in subdivision (a) may include in their membership governmental partners that are not located within their respective hydrologic regions in financing the surface storage projects, including, as appropriate, cost share participation or equity participation. Notwithstanding Section 6525 of the Government Code, the joint powers agencies described in subdivision (a) shall not include in their membership any for-profit corporation or any mutual water company whose shareholders and members include a for-profit corporation or any other private entity. The department shall be an ex officio member of each joint powers authority subject to this section, but the department shall not control the governance, management, or operation of the surface water storage projects.
(c) A joint powers authority subject to this section shall own, govern, manage, and operate a surface water storage project, subject to the requirement that the ownership, governance, management, and operation of the surface water storage project shall advance the purposes set forth in this chapter.

SEC. 18.

 Section 79759.5 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79759.5.
 Of the funds provided in Section 79750, the sum of thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000) shall be available to the State Coastal Conservancy for projects that meet the requirements of the California Ocean Protection Act (Division 26.5 (commencing with Section 35500) of the Public Resources Code).

SEC. 19.

 Section 79760 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79760.
 (a) Of  In approving the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, the people were informed and hereby declare that the provisions of this chapter are necessary, integral, and essential to meeting the single object or work of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. As such, any amendment of the provisions of this chapter by the Legislature without voter approval would frustrate the scheme and design that induced voter approval of this act. The people therefore find and declare that any amendment of the provisions of this chapter by the Legislature shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership in each house of the Legislature and voter approval.  the funds provided in Section 79750, forty-five million dollars ($45,000,000) shall be available to the Natural Resources Agency for projects authorized under Section 3406 (b) (10) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act that improve salmonid fish passage in the Sacramento River watershed.  
(b) This section shall not govern or be used as authority for determining whether the amendment of any other provision of this act not contained in this chapter would constitute a substantial change in the scheme and design of this act requiring voter approval.

SEC. 20.

 Section 79760.5 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79760.5.
 Of the funds provided in Section 79750, thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, to the Wildlife Conservation Board to capitalize an advanced public infrastructure revolving fund mitigation program, to be established by statute, designed to improve the environmental effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure mitigation. These funds shall not be used to subsidize or decrease the mitigation obligations of any party.

SEC. 21.

 Section 79770 of the Water Code, as amended by Section 1 of Chapter 226 of the Statutes of 2010, is amended to read:

79770.
 Prevention (a)   and cleanup of groundwater contamination are critical components of successful groundwater management. Groundwater quality becomes especially important as water providers do the following: The sum of seven hundred fifty million dollars ($750,000,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, for expenditures, grants, and loans for projects to prevent or reduce the contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. Projects shall be consistent with an adopted integrated regional water management plan. Funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be available to the State Department of Public Health for projects necessary to protect public health by preventing or reducing the contamination of groundwater that serves as a major source of drinking water for a community. 
(a) (b)  Evaluate investments in groundwater recharge with surface water, stormwater, recycled water, and other conjunctive use projects that augment local groundwater supplies to improve regional water self-reliance. Projects shall be prioritized based upon the following criteria: 
(1) The threat posed by groundwater contamination to the affected community’s overall drinking water supplies, including the need for treatment of alternative supplies if groundwater is not available due to contamination.
(2) The potential for groundwater contamination to spread and reduce drinking water supply and water storage for nearby population areas.
(3) The potential of the project, if fully implemented, to enhance local water supply reliability.
(4) The potential of the project to increase opportunities for groundwater recharge and optimization of groundwater supplies.
(c) The State Department of Public Health shall give additional consideration to projects that meet any of the following criteria:
(1) The project is implemented pursuant to a comprehensive basinwide groundwater quality management and remediation plan or is necessary to develop a comprehensive groundwater plan.
(2) Affected groundwater provides a local supply that, if contaminated and not remediated, will require import of additional water from outside the region.
(3) The project will serve an economically disadvantaged community or an economically distressed area.
(4) The project addresses contamination at a site where the responsible parties have not been identified or where the responsible parties are unwilling or unable to pay for cleanup.
(d) Of the amount made available by this section, not less than seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) shall be available for costs associated with projects, programs, or activities that meet the requirements of this section and both of the following criteria:
(1) The costs are part of a basinwide management and remediation plan for which federal funds have been allocated.
(b) (2)  Adapt to changing hydrologic conditions brought on by climate change. The costs address contamination at a site on the list maintained by the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to Section 25356 of the Health and Safety Code or a site listed on the National Priorities List pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 9601 et seq.). 
(c) (e)  Consider developing groundwater basins to provide much needed local storage options to accommodate hydrologic and regulatory variability in the state’s water delivery system. Of the amount made available by this section, seventy-five million dollars ($75,000,000) shall be available to the State Department of Public Health for grants and direct expenditures to finance emergency and urgent actions in accordance with this section on behalf of disadvantaged communities and economically distressed areas to ensure that safe drinking water supplies are available to all Californians. 
(f) The Legislature, by statute, shall establish both of the following:
(d) (1)  Evaluate investments in groundwater recovery projects. Requirements for repayment of grant funds in the event of cost recovery from parties responsible for the groundwater contamination. 
(2) Requirements for recipients of grants to make reasonable efforts to recover costs from parties responsible for groundwater contamination.

SEC. 22.

 Section 79780 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79780.
 The sum of three seven  hundred ninety-five fifty  million dollars ($395,000,000) ($750,000,000)  shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, to the Department of Water Resources and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board for the purpose of statewide flood management projects and activities. Funds shall be allocated to multibenefit projects that achieve public safety and include fish and wildlife habitat enhancement. The Department of Water Resources shall make its best effort to coordinate this funding with proceeds from Propositions 84 and 1E. for grants and loans for water recycling and advanced treatment technology projects, including all of the following:` 
(a) Water recycling projects.
(b) Contaminant and salt removal projects, including groundwater and seawater desalination.
(c) Dedicated distribution infrastructure for recycled water, including commercial and industrial end-user retrofit projects to allow use of recycled water.
(d) Pilot projects for new salt and contaminant removal technology.
(e) Groundwater recharge infrastructure related to recycled water.
(f) Technical assistance and grant writing assistance for disadvantaged communities.

SEC. 23.

 Section 79781 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79781.
 Of the funds authorized by Section 79780, two hundred ninety-five million dollars ($295,000,000) made available in Section 79780, not less than thirty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($37,500,000)  shall be available to reduce the risk of levee failure and flood in the Delta for any of the following: for projects that are designed to help restore lost water supply reliability in areas with widespread groundwater contamination in locations that contain sites that are listed by the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to Section 25356 of the Health and Safety Code or a site listed on the National Priorities List pursuant to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. Section 9601 et seq.) and for which federal funds have been allocated pursuant to Public Law 106-554. 
(a) Local assistance under the Delta levee maintenance subventions program pursuant to Part 9 (commencing with Section 12980) of Division 6, as that part may be amended.
(b) Special flood protection projects pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 12310) of Part 4.8 of Division 6, as that chapter may be amended.
(c) Levee improvement projects that increase the resiliency of levees within the Delta to withstand earthquake, flooding, or sea level rise.
(d) Emergency response and repair projects.

SEC. 24.

 Section 79784 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79784.
 (a) (1) The sum of one hundred eighty-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($187,500,000) shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the fund, for direct expenditures, grants, and loans for water conservation and water use efficiency plans, projects, and programs, including any of the following:
(A) Urban water conservation plans, projects, and programs, including regional projects and programs, implemented to achieve urban water use targets pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 10608.16) of Part 2.55 of Division 6. Priority for funding shall be given to programs that do the following:
(i) Assist water suppliers and regions to implement conservation programs and measures that are not locally cost-effective.
(ii) Support water supplier and regional efforts to implement programs targeted to enhance water use efficiency for commercial, industrial, and institutional water users.
(iii) Assist water suppliers and regions with programs and measures targeted toward realizing the conservation benefits of implementation of the provisions of the state landscape model ordinance.
(B) Agricultural water use efficiency projects and programs pursuant to Part 2.8 (commencing with Section 10800) of Division 6.
(C) Agricultural water management plans developed pursuant to Part 2.8 (commencing with Section 10800) of Division 6.
(2) The department shall award grants or loans under this chapter in a competitive process that considers, as primary factors, the local and statewide conservation and water use efficiency benefits of the measures proposed for grants.
(b) Section 1011 applies to all conservation measures that an agricultural water supplier or an urban water supplier implements with funding under this chapter. This subdivision does not limit the application of Section 1011 to any other measures or projects implemented by a water supplier.

SEC. 25.

 Section 79810 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79810.
 (a) Bonds in the total amount of eight billion three hundred fifty-five million dollars ($8,355,000,000), not including the amount of any refunding bonds issued in accordance with Section 79822, or so much thereof as is necessary, may be issued and sold to provide a fund to be used for carrying out the purposes expressed in this division and to reimburse the General Obligation Bond Expense Revolving Fund pursuant to Section 16724.5 of the Government Code. The bonds, when sold, shall be and constitute valid and binding obligations of the State of California, and the full faith and credit of the State of California is hereby pledged for the punctual payment of both the principal of, and interest on, the bonds as the principal and interest become due and payable.
(b) The Treasurer shall sell the bonds authorized by the committee pursuant to this section. The bonds shall be sold upon the terms and conditions specified in a resolution to be adopted by the committee pursuant to Section 16731 of the Government Code.

SEC. 26.

 Section 79824 of the Water Code, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009, is amended to read:

79824.
 Of the eight billion three hundred fifty-five million dollars ($8,355,000,000) in bonds authorized in this division, no more than four billion one hundred seventy-seven million five hundred thousand dollars ($4,177,500,000) shall be sold by the Treasurer before July 1, 2015.
SEC. 28.
 The Secretary of State shall submit Sections 79720, 79720.1, 79720.2, 79720.3, 79720.4, 79720.6, 79721, 79722, 79723, 79731, 79740, 79750, 79755, 79756, 79757, 79758, 79759, 79759.5, 79760, 79760.5, 79770, 79780, 79781, 79784, 79810, and 79824 of the Water Code, as amended by Sections 1 to 26, inclusive, of this act, in place of those sections, as added by Section 1 of Chapter 3 of the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of 2009 or as amended by Section 1 of Chapter 226 of the Statutes of 2010, in order that they are voted upon as part of the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012, at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election.