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AB-638 Department of Water Resources: water storage capacity.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/15/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 638


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

February 15, 2019


An act to add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 430) to Division 1 of the Water Code, relating to water resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 638, as introduced, Gray. Department of Water Resources: water storage capacity.
Existing law requires the Department of Water Resources to gather and correlate information and data pertinent to an annual forecast of seasonal water crop, as specified. Existing law also requires the Department of Water Resources to update every 5 years the plan for the orderly and coordinated control, protection, conservation, development, and use of the water resources of the state, which is known as The California Water Plan.
This bill would require the department, on or before January 1, 2021, with updates every 2 years thereafter, to identify the statewide water storage capacity, the adverse impacts to the capacity from the effects of climate change, and the mitigation strategies for anticipated adverse impacts. The bill would require the department to publish this information on the department’s publicly available internet website and to provide a copy of the impacts and mitigation strategies to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 430) is added to Division 1 of the Water Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4.5. Climate Change Impacts on Water Storage

430.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2021, and every two years thereafter, the department, after one or more public workshops, shall identify the statewide water storage capacity. The department shall use the statewide water storage capacity information to identify adverse impacts to statewide water storage capacity from the effects of climate change and identify mitigation strategies for anticipated adverse impacts.
(b) Water storage capacity shall include, but is not limited to, both of the following:
(1) Above ground water storage and naturally occurring above ground water storage, such as the Sierra Nevada snowpack.
(2) Below ground water storage and naturally occurring below ground water storage.
(c) The department shall provide a copy of the information identified by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, and publish this information on the department’s publicly available internet website.