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AB-793 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: financing.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 793


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 108.7 to the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 793, as introduced, Frazier. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: financing.
Existing law establishes various state water policies, including the policy that source watersheds are recognized and defined as integral components of California’s water infrastructure.
This bill would declare it to be state policy that the natural state of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is recognized and defined as an integral component of California’s water infrastructure. The bill would state that the maintenance and repair of the Delta are eligible for the same forms of financing as other water collection and treatment infrastructure and would specify the maintenance and repair activities that are eligible are limited to certain cleanup and abatement-related restoration and conservation activities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 108.7 is added to the Water Code, to read:

108.7.
 (a) It is hereby declared to be the established policy of the state that the natural state of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is recognized and defined as an integral component of California’s water infrastructure.
(b) (1) As climate change and other stressors on the Delta intensify, the Delta will continue to serve as a critically important natural resource that provides countless benefits to local communities and the state.
(2) Recognizing the critical role of the Delta in providing water supply reliability, the maintenance and repair of the Delta is eligible for the same forms of financing as other water collection and treatment infrastructure.
(3) Nothing in this section is intended to constrain financing for the Delta as it supplies local, state, or federal water systems.
(4) Nothing in this section is intended to supersede federal eligibility requirements or alter any of the following:
(A) Funding criteria or guidelines established for a bond or other measure enacted by the voters.
(B) Funding programs related to pollution control, cleanup, or abatement.
(C) Funding programs for addressing public health emergencies.
(c) Eligible maintenance and repair activities pursuant to this section are limited to the following cleanup and abatement related restoration and conservation activities:
(1) Cleanup and abatement of toxic or hazardous waste spilled into or exposed in any way to the Delta’s recognized waters or hydrology.
(2) Cleanup and abatement of marine debris, solid waste, and abandoned vessels of any kind.
(3) Habitat restoration or conservation in addition to, but not exclusive of, any other habitat conservation plan.
(4) Water quality improvement projects that protect or enhance the quality of water in the Delta for human and environmental purposes, reduce salinity, prevent seawater intrusion into the Delta, or improve freshwater flows into the Delta.
(5) Projects with a demonstrated likelihood of improving conditions of the water and ecosystems in the Delta for the benefit of humans and the environment.