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AB-3012 State Coastal Conservancy: grants: climate change projects.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/21/2018 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 3012
CHAPTER 657

An act to amend Section 31113 of the Public Resources Code, relating to coastal resources.

[ Approved by Governor  September 21, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 21, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3012, Gallagher. State Coastal Conservancy: grants: climate change projects.
Existing law establishes the State Coastal Conservancy, and prescribes the membership and functions and duties of the conservancy with regard to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of specified coastal lands in the state. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to address the impacts and potential impacts of climate change on resources within its jurisdiction, and to undertake certain projects within that designated area. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for certain projects that address the effects of climate change, and, to the extent allowed, to prioritize projects that maximize public benefits, including, but not limited to, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, reducing hazards to harbors and ports, preserving and enhancing coastal wetlands and natural lands, conserving biodiversity, and providing recreational opportunities.
This bill would require the conservancy, to the extent allowed, to prioritize projects that maximize public benefits and accomplish either the above-described benefits or reduce flood risk and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, as described.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 31113 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

31113.
 (a) In implementing this division, the conservancy is authorized to address the impacts and potential impacts of climate change on resources within its jurisdiction. Pursuant to this authorization, the conservancy may undertake projects within its jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surge, beach and bluff erosion, salt water intrusion, flooding, and other coastal hazards that threaten coastal communities, infrastructure, and natural resources.
(b) The conservancy may award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for activities authorized pursuant to subdivision (a). In awarding the grants, the conservancy shall, to the extent allowed, prioritize projects that maximize public benefits and that accomplish either of the following:
(1) Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce hazards to harbors and ports, preserve and enhance coastal wetlands and natural lands, conserve biodiversity, and provide recreational opportunities.
(2) Reduce flood risk and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, including multibenefit projects that remove sediment where the excavated material can be used to enhance shorelines or ecosystems.