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AB-718 Mosquito abatement and vector control districts: managed wetland habitat: memoranda of understanding.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 1506 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

1506.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Managed wetland habitat” means artificially irrigated and intensively managed wetland habitat administered primarily for the benefit of waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species.
(2) “Best management practices” means management strategies jointly developed by the department, the State Department of Public Health, and mosquito abatement and vector control districts, in consultation with the Central Valley Habitat  Joint Venture, for the ecological control of mosquitoes on managed wetland habitat.
(3) “Wildlife management area” has the same meaning as set forth in subdivision (d) of Section 1504.
(4) “Mosquito abatement and vector control district” has the same meaning as set forth in subdivision (f) of Section 2002 of the Health and Safety Code.
(b) (1) A mosquito abatement and vector control district whose district boundaries include one or more wildlife management areas or a mosquito abatement and vector control district in which vectors and vectorborne diseases from a wildlife management area may enter the district shall periodically, or at least semiannually, notify the department of those areas that are of concern due to the potential for high mosquito populations that may incur associated mosquito control costs.
(2) (A) To reduce mosquito production at those wildlife management areas described in paragraph (1), the department shall consult with local mosquito abatement and vector control districts to identify those areas within wildlife management areas having the highest need for additional mosquito reduction through the implementation of best management practices.
(B) If the wetland occupies land outside the jurisdictional boundaries of a mosquito abatement and vector control district, the department may consult with the State Department of Public Health to determine which best management practices can be implemented in the absence of an organized local mosquito control program.
(c) This section does not affect existing authority of a mosquito abatement and vector control district under Section 2040 of the Health and Safety Code.
(d) (1) A private landowner whose property includes managed wetland habitat located within the boundaries of a mosquito abatement and vector control district may initiate the opportunity to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the district if all of the following criteria are met:
(A) The managed wetland habitat is encumbered by a state or federal conservation easement or similar state or federal voluntary habitat agreement or is protected in perpetuity by state or federal law.
(B) The managed wetland habitat is within the boundaries of the Central Valley Joint Venture, as those boundaries are identified in the Central Valley Joint Venture Implementation Plan.
(2) The goal of a memorandum of understanding entered into pursuant to paragraph (1) is to establish a process to implement best management practices in order to decrease mosquito production, provide net cost savings to the landowner, decrease the application of pesticides, and maintain or enhance the waterfowl habitat values on the property.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.