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AB-2519 Conservation projects: grants: advance payments.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/12/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 12, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2519


Introduced by Assembly Member Wood

February 19, 2020


An act to amend Section 6261 of add Section 12807.7 to the Government Code, and to add Section 189.6 to the Water Code, relating to water. resource conservation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2519, as amended, Wood. Reservoirs and dams: defective applications. Conservation projects: grants: advance payments.
Existing law establishes in state government the Natural Resources Agency. Existing law establishes in the Natural Resources Agency the State Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Water Resources. Existing law establishes in the California Environmental Protection Agency the State Water Resources Control Board. Existing law requires the Natural Resources Agency, the conservancy, the department, and the board to administer various grant programs relating to natural resources.
This bill would require, to the extent not in conflict with any other law, the Natural Resources Agency, the conservancy, the department, and the board, when awarding grants for conservation projects, as defined, to provide an advance payment of up to 25% of the total grant award if requested by a grant recipient.

Existing law prohibits commencing the construction of, the enlargement of, or the repair, alteration, or removal of, a dam or reservoir until the owner has applied for and obtained from the Department of Water Resources written approval of plans and specifications. Existing law prohibits the department from rejecting a defective application for these purposes made in a bona fide attempt to conform to the law and instead requires the department to send a notice of defect to an applicant by ordinary and registered mail.

This bill would require the department to send the notice of defect by ordinary and registered mail or by electronic mail.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 12807.7 is added to the Government Code, to read:

12807.7.
 (a) To the extent not in conflict with any other law, the Natural Resources Agency, including the State Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Water Resources within the agency, when awarding grants for conservation projects, shall provide an advance payment of up to 25 percent of the total grant award if requested by a grant recipient.
(b) For purposes of this section, “conservation project” means a conservation project that enhances climate resilience, restores watersheds, or protects and preserves natural lands.

SEC. 2.

 Section 189.6 is added to the Water Code, immediately following Section 189.5, to read:

189.6.
 (a) To the extent not in conflict with any other law, the board, when awarding grants for water conservation projects, shall provide an advance payment of up to 25 percent of the total grant award if requested by a grant recipient.
(b) For purposes of this section, “conservation project” means a conservation project that enhances climate resilience, restores watersheds, or protects and preserves natural lands.

SECTION 1.Section 6261 of the Water Code is amended to read:
6261.

A defective application made in a bona fide attempt to conform to the law and rules and regulations of the department shall not be rejected but notice of defect shall be sent to the applicant by ordinary and registered mail or by electronic mail.