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AB-638 Department of Water Resources: water storage: climate change impacts.(2019-2020)


 Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 430) is added to Division 1 of the Water Code, to read:

CHAPTER  4.5. Climate Change Impacts on Water Storage
 (a) On or before December 31, 2023, and every five years thereafter, along with the update to The California Water Plan pursuant to Section 10004, the department, in collaboration with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and local water agencies, and after one or more public workshops, shall identify water storage facilities vulnerable to climate change impacts, and shall quantify potential impacts to specific facilities, where possible, or at regional levels where greater detail is not possible. The department shall identify mitigation strategies for anticipated adverse impacts.
(b) For purposes of this section, water storage facilities shall include, but are not limited to, both of the following:
(1) Above-ground water storage, including surface water storage and naturally occurring above-ground water storage, such as the Sierra Nevada snowpack.
(2) Below-ground water storage and naturally occurring below-ground water storage consistent with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (Part 2.74 (commencing with Section 10720) of Division 6).
(c) The department shall provide a copy of the information identified by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and publish this information on the department’s publicly available internet website.
(d) For purposes of the information provided pursuant to subdivision (a) on or before December 31, 2023, the department shall identify information about watersheds and groundwater basins available at the time and shall identify what other watersheds, groundwater basins, or hydrologic basins are identified for addition to the information provided pursuant to subdivision (a) on or before December 31, 2028.