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SB-633 Water quality objectives: stormwater.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/23/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 633


Introduced by Senator Portantino

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 13241.5 to the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 633, as amended, Portantino. Stormwater. Water quality objectives: stormwater.
Existing law, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, requires each California regional water quality control board to adopt water quality control plans and to establish water quality objectives in those plans, considering certain factors, to ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses and the prevention of nuisance.
This bill would require a regional board preparing a water quality control plan for a region having a population in excess of 10 million residents to additionally consider opportunities to convey stormwater to a regional site within the watershed in which the stormwater originated for capture and infiltration and to consider and balance the opportunity for stormwater capture when determining past and probable future beneficial uses of water, as specified.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Los Angeles region.

Existing law, the Stormwater Resource Planning Act, authorizes one or more public agencies to develop a stormwater resource plan that meets certain standards.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to stormwater runoff in California.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13241.5 is added to the Water Code, to read:

13241.5.
 (a) In addition to the factors identified in Section 13241 to be considered when establishing water quality objectives, a regional board shall consider opportunities to convey stormwater to a regional site within the watershed in which the stormwater originated for capture and infiltration for the purpose of improving water quality and enhancing local water supply in multiobjective projects. A regional board shall consider and balance the opportunity to cost-effectively enhance local water supply through stormwater capture when determining past and probable future beneficial uses of water. For the purposes of this section, a regional board may consider all tools available to the regional board.
(b) This section applies only to a water quality control plan prepared for a region having a population in excess of 10 million residents.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique water quality challenges in the Los Angeles region.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to stormwater runoff in California.