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AB-709 Salton Sea Authority: restoration plan.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 2932.4 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

2932.4.
 Pursuant to Section 2932.3 and beginning January 1, 2014, the Salton Sea Authority is hereby designated the lead agency within the meaning of Section 21067 of the Public Resources Code for the restoration of the Salton Sea and the State Lands Commission and any other state agency shall grant to the authority a 99-year lease of any state-owned lands, within their respective jurisdictions, existing within the Salton Sea ecosystem, including, but not limited to, all state-owned lands that underlie the navigable and tidal waterways of the Salton Sea.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2932.7 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

2932.7.
 (a) The Salton Sea Authority shall develop, by April 1, 2014, a restoration plan for the Salton Sea ecosystem that is financially feasible to accomplish all of the following goals:
(1) Restore long-term stable aquatic and shoreline habitat.
(2) Mitigate air quality impacts from restoration projects.
(3) Protect the water quality.
(b) (1) The authority shall submit the restoration plan, on or before April 1, 2014, to the Legislative Analyst for review. The Legislative Analyst shall complete his or her review by June 1, 2014.
(2) Upon the written determination of the Legislative Analyst, submitted to the authority, that the plan is financially feasible and that the authority is capable of implementing the plan, any moneys made available under paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 75050 of the Public Resources Code and deposited in the Salton Sea Restoration Fund are hereby continuously appropriated and made available to the authority, without regard to fiscal years, for expenditure for the purpose of implementing the plan.
(c) (1) If the Legislative Analyst has made a determination pursuant to subdivision (b) that the restoration plan is financially feasible and that the authority is capable of implementing the plan, the authority shall submit the plan to the Wildlife Conservation Board, which shall review the plan and make a written determination as to whether the plan is an eligible project under the Salton Sea Reclamation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-372) for which federal matching funds are available for the acquisition, restoration, or protection of habitat or habitat corridors that promote the recovery of threatened, endangered, or fully protected species, to accomplish the goals set forth in subdivision (a).
(2) Upon the written determination of the board, submitted to the authority, that the restoration plan is an eligible project pursuant to paragraph (1), the board shall seek federal matching funds, which shall be deposited in the Salton Sea Restoration Fund and which are hereby continuously appropriated and made available to the authority, without regard to fiscal years, for expenditure for the purpose of implementing the restoration plan.