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SB-758 Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.

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

Article  8. Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting
347.
 (a) The Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program is hereby established in the Department of Water Resources.
(b) Upon appropriation of special fund moneys, including, but not limited to, private funds, for these purposes, the department shall conduct research relating to climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, and shall take all actions within its existing authority to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers, thereby increasing water supply, hydropower availability, and the reliability of water resources in the state.