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SB-541 Water: school facility water capture practices.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 10/16/2017 02:00 PM
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Senate Bill No. 541
CHAPTER 811

An act to add Section 189.3 to the Water Code, relating to water.

[ Approved by Governor  October 14, 2017. Filed with Secretary of State  October 14, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 541, Allen. Water: school facility water capture practices.
Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in consultation with the State Department of Education and the Division of the State Architect and the Office of Public School Construction within the Department of General Services, to recommend best design practices that include energy efficiency measures for all new public schools, and to report the recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by October 1, 2003.
Existing law establishes in the California Environmental Protection Agency, the State Water Resources Control Board, which exercises the adjudicatory and regulatory functions of the state in the field of water resources.
This bill would require the board, in consultation with the regional water quality control boards, and the Division of the State Architect within the Department of General Services to recommend best design and use practices for stormwater and dry weather runoff capture practices, as defined, that can generally be applied to all new, reconstructed, or altered public schools, including school grounds. The bill would require the board to submit these recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2019, and would require the board and the State Department of Education to post the recommendations on their respective Internet Web sites.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 189.3 is added to the Water Code, to read:

189.3.
 (a) The board, in consultation with the regional water quality control boards, and the Division of the State Architect within the Department of General Services shall recommend best design and use practices for storm water and dry weather runoff capture practices that can generally be applied to all new, reconstructed, or altered public schools, including school grounds.
(b) The board shall submit the recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2019.
(c) The board and the State Department of Education shall post the recommendations on their respective Internet Web sites on or before March 1, 2019.
(d) For purposes of this section, “school facility storm water and dry weather runoff capture practices” means practices to control water pollutants, pollutant loads, and water runoff volume exiting a site to the maximum extent feasible by minimizing impervious surface area and controlling runoff from impervious surfaces through infiltration, evapotranspiration, bioretention, treatment, and rainfall harvest.
(e) (1) The reporting requirement pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be inoperative on January 1, 2023, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(2) A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.