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AB-134 Appropriation of water: Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. (2011-2012)

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Assembly Bill No. 134

An act to add Section 1486 to the Water Code, relating to water resources.

[ Approved by Governor  September 06, 2011. Filed with Secretary of State  September 06, 2011. ]


AB 134, Dickinson. Appropriation of water: Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District.
Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board administers a water rights program pursuant to which the state board grants permits and licenses to appropriate water.
Existing law requires the owner of a wastewater treatment plant to obtain the approval of the state board prior to making any changes in the point of discharge, place of use, or purpose of use of treated wastewater, and requires the state board to review the proposed changes in accordance with prescribed procedures.
This bill would authorize the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to file an application for a permit to appropriate a specified amount of water that is based on the volume of treated wastewater that the district discharges into the Sacramento River, as specified. The bill would authorize the state board to grant a permit to appropriate that treated wastewater upon terms and conditions determined by the state board. The bill would require the board, prior to granting a permit pursuant to these provisions, to comply with permit, approval, and review requirements and other laws applicable to the appropriation of water.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 1486 is added to the Water Code, to read:

 (a) The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and any successor thereto, with respect to treated wastewater produced by the sanitation district that meets the requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley, as may be amended or modified, and that is discharged into the Sacramento River, may file an application for a permit to appropriate an amount of water up to the amount of treated wastewater that is discharged into the Sacramento River, less diminution by seepage, evaporation, transportation, or other natural causes between the point of discharge from the wastewater treatment plant and the point of diversion out of the Sacramento River or the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
(b) Upon application for a permit to appropriate water pursuant to subdivision (a), the board may grant the permit subject to the terms and conditions as in the board’s judgment are necessary for the protection of the rights of any legal user of the water.
(c) Prior to the board granting a permit under subdivision (b), the board shall comply with the provisions of Part 2 (commencing with Section 1200) of Division 2, and other applicable law, and may impose terms and conditions authorized thereunder.
(d) Water appropriated in accordance with this section may be sold or utilized for any beneficial purpose.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique problems applicable to the full utilization of the waters of the Sacramento River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, into which treated wastewater discharged by the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District flows.