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SB-576 State Coastal Conservancy: coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/21/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 21, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 23, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 576


Introduced by Senator Umberg

February 22, 2019


An act to add Section 31121 to the Public Resources Code, relating to coastal resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 576, as amended, Umberg. State Coastal Conservancy: coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program.
Existing law establishes the State Coastal Conservancy with prescribed powers and responsibilities relating to the acquisition, protection, preservation, and enhancement of coastal lands within the coastal zone, as defined.
This bill would require the conservancy to develop and implement a coastal climate adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program designed to, among other things, recommend best practices and strategies to improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat, as prescribed, habitat and participate in, facilitate, or host an international conference on coastal climate change not less than once every 2 years. collaborate with certain entities and scientists to facilitate information sharing regarding coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness using the Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program state clearinghouse.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 31121 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

31121.
 (a) The conservancy shall develop and implement a coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program to do all of the following:
(1) Recommend best practices and strategies to improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat.
(2) Coordinate with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the San Diego River Conservancy, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and other state entities as needed to develop criteria to prioritize the types of projects needed to ensure best management practices in the coastal zone.
(3) Collaborate with California State University, Long Beach and other universities, scientists, and nongovernmental organizations involved in climate change activities covering areas along the Pacific Rim to do both of the following: facilitate information sharing regarding coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness using the Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program state clearinghouse established pursuant to Sections 71354 and 71360.

(A)Facilitate information sharing regarding coastal climate change adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness using the Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program state clearinghouse established pursuant to Section 71360.

(B)Participate in, facilitate, or host an international conference on coastal climate change, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency, the Ocean Protection Council, and other state agencies involved in climate change adaptation activities, not less than once every other year, to share information on the effect of climate change on coastal communities. The conservancy shall prepare a summary of any findings and relevant information at the conclusion of each conference.

(b) The conservancy shall use existing staff, resources, databases, and information contained in reports and other documents, including, but not limited to, the “Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update” and the Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program, to develop and implement the program required under subdivision (a).