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DIVISION 5. PARKS AND MONUMENTS [5001 - 5873]

  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 94. )

CHAPTER 1.4. California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act [5093.50 - 5093.70]
  ( Chapter 1.4 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1259. )

5093.50.
  

It is the policy of the State of California that certain rivers which possess extraordinary scenic, recreational, fishery, or wildlife values shall be preserved in their free-flowing state, together with their immediate environments, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the state. The Legislature declares that such use of these rivers is the highest and most beneficial use and is a reasonable and beneficial use of water within the meaning of Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution. It is the purpose of this chapter to create a California Wild and Scenic Rivers System to be administered in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 1.)

5093.51.
  

This chapter shall be known as the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1259.)

5093.52.
  

As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following meaning:

(a) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Resources Agency.

(b) “Resources Agency” means the Secretary of the Resources Agency and any constituent units of the Resources Agency that the secretary determines to be necessary to accomplish the purposes of this chapter.

(c) “River” means the water, bed, and shoreline of rivers, streams, channels, lakes, bays, estuaries, marshes, wetlands, and lagoons, up to the first line of permanently established riparian vegetation.

(d) “Free-flowing” means existing or flowing without artificial impoundment, diversion, or other modification of the river. The presence of low dams, diversion works, and other minor structures does not automatically bar a river’s inclusion within the system. However, this subdivision does not authorize or encourage future construction of those structures on any component of the system.

(e) “System” means the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

(f) “Land use regulation” means the regulation by any state or local governmental entity, agency, or official of any activities that take place other than directly on the waters of the segments of the rivers designated in Section 5093.54.

(g) “Director” means the Director of Fish and Game.

(h) “Immediate environments” means the land immediately adjacent to the segments of the rivers designated in Section 5093.54.

(i) “Special treatment areas” means, for purposes of this chapter, those areas defined as special treatment areas in Section 895.1 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, as in effect on January 1, 2004, as that definition applies to wild and scenic river segments designated from time to time in Section 5093.54, and also includes areas within 200 feet of the watercourse transition line of a state-designated recreational river segment designated in Section 5093.54 that may be at risk during timber operations.

(j) “Board” means the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 545, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2005.)

5093.53.
  

Those rivers or segments of rivers included in the system shall be classified as one of the following:

(a) Wild rivers, which are those rivers or segments of rivers that are free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail, with watersheds or shorelines essentially primitive and waters unpolluted.

(b) Scenic rivers, which are those rivers or segments of rivers that are free of impoundments, with shorelines or watersheds still largely primitive and shorelines largely undeveloped, but accessible in places by roads.

(c) Recreational rivers, which are those rivers or segments of rivers that are readily accessible by road or railroad, that may have some development along their shorelines, and that may have undergone some impoundment or diversion in the past.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 3.)

5093.54.
  

The following rivers and segments thereof are designated as components of the system:

(a) Klamath River. The main stem from 100 yards below Iron Gate Dam to the Pacific Ocean; the Scott River from the mouth of Shackleford Creek west of Fort Jones to the river mouth near Hamburg; the Salmon River from Cecilville Bridge to the river mouth near Somes Bar; the North Fork of the Salmon River from the intersection of the river with the south boundary of the Marble Mountain Wilderness area to the river mouth; Wooley Creek from the western boundary of the Marble Mountain Wilderness area to its confluence with the Salmon River.

(b) Trinity River. The main stem from 100 yards below Lewiston Dam to the river mouth at Weitchpec; the North Fork of the Trinity from the intersection of the river with the southern boundary of the Salmon-Trinity Primitive Area downstream to the river mouth at Helena; New River from the intersection of the river with the southern boundary of the Salmon-Trinity Primitive Area downstream to the river mouth near Burnt Ranch; South Fork of the Trinity from the junction of the river with State Highway Route 36 to the river mouth near Salyer.

(c) Smith River. The main stem from the confluence of the Middle and South Forks to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean; the Middle Fork from its source about three miles south of Sanger Lake as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the middle of Section 7 T17N R5E; the Middle Fork from the middle of Section 7 T17N R5E to the middle of Section 6 T17N R5E; the Middle Fork from the middle of Section 6 T17N R5E to one-half mile upstream from the confluence with Knopki Creek; the Middle Fork from one-half mile upstream from the confluence with Knopki Creek to the confluence with the South Fork; Myrtle Creek from its source in Section 9 T17N R1E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Crescent City” topographic map to the middle of Section 28 T17N R1E; Myrtle Creek, from the middle of Section 28 T17N R1E to the confluence with the Middle Fork; Shelly Creek from its source in Section 1 T18N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with Patrick Creek; Kelly Creek from its source in Section 32 T17N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with the Middle Fork; Packsaddle Creek from its source about 0.8 miles southwest of Broken Rib Mountain as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the eastern boundary of Section 3 T17N R1E; Packsaddle Creek from the eastern boundary of Section 3 T17N R4E to the northern boundary of Section 3 T17N R4E; Packsaddle Creek from the northern boundary of Section 3 T17N R4E to the confluence with the Middle Fork; East Fork Patrick Creek from its source in Section 10 T18N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with West Fork Patrick Creek; West Fork Patrick Creek from its source in Section 18 T18N R3E as depicted on 1951 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with East Fork Patrick Creek; Griffin Creek from its source about 0.2 miles southwest of Hazel View Summit as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the confluence with the Middle Fork; Knopki Creek from its source about 0.4 miles west of Sanger Peak as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the confluence with Middle Fork; Monkey Creek from its source in the northeast quadrant of Section 12 T18N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the northern boundary of Section 26 T18N R3E; Monkey Creek from the northern boundary of Section 26 T18N R3E to the confluence with the Middle Fork; Patrick Creek from the junction of the East and West Forks of Patrick Creek to the confluence with Middle Fork; the North Fork from the California-Oregon boundary to the confluence with an unnamed tributary in the northern quarter Section 5 T18N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map; the North Fork from the confluence with an unnamed tributary in northern quarter of Section 5 T18N R2E to the southernmost intersection of eastern boundary Section 5 T18N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map; the North Fork from the southernmost intersection of the eastern boundary Section 5 T18N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with Stony Creek; the North Fork from the confluence with Stony Creek to the confluence with the Middle Fork; Diamond Creek from the California-Oregon state boundary to the confluence with High Plateau Creek; Diamond Creek from the confluence with High Plateau Creek to the confluence with the North Fork; Bear Creek from its source in Section 24 T18N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with Diamond Creek; Still Creek from its source in Section 11 T18N R1E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Crescent City” topographic map to the confluence with the North Fork Smith River; North Fork Diamond Creek from the California-Oregon state boundary to the confluence with Diamond Creek; High Plateau Creek from its source in Section 26 T18N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to northern boundary Section 23 T18N R2E; High Plateau Creek from the northern boundary Section 23 T18N R2E to the confluence with Diamond Creek; the Siskiyou Fork from its source about 0.7 miles southeast of Broken Rib Mountain as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the confluence with the South Siskiyou Fork; the Siskiyou Fork from its confluence with the South Siskiyou Fork to the confluence with the Middle Fork; the South Siskiyou Fork from its source about 0.6 miles southwest of Buck Lake as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the confluence with the Siskiyou Fork; the South Fork from its source about 0.5 miles southwest of Bear Mountain as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to Blackhawk Bar; the South Fork from Blackhawk Bar to the confluence with the Middle Fork; Williams Creek from its source in Section 31 T14N R4E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with Eight Mile Creek; Eight Mile Creek from its source in Section 29 T14N R4E as depicted on 1955 USGS 15´ “Dillon Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; the Prescott Fork from its source about 0.5 miles southeast of Island Lake as depicted on 1955 USGS 15´ “Dillon Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; Quartz Creek from its source in Section 31 T16N R4E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; Jones Creek from its source in Section 36 T16N R3E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to the middle of Section 5 T15N R3E; Jones Creek from the middle of Section 5 T15N R3E to the confluence with the South Fork; Hurdygurdy Creek from its source about 0.4 miles southwest of Bear Basin Butte as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; Gordon Creek from its source in Section 18 T16N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; Coon Creek from the junction of the two-source tributaries in the southwest quadrant of Section 31 T17N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the western boundary Section 14 T16N R2E; Coon Creek from the western boundary Section 14 T16N R2E to the confluence with the South Fork; Craigs Creek from its source in Section 36 T17N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; Buck Creek from its source at Cedar Camp Spring as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with the South Fork; Muzzleloader Creek from its source in Section 2 T15N R3E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with Jones Creek; Canthook Creek from its source in Section 2 T15N R2E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to the confluence with South Fork.

(d) Eel River. The main stem from 100 yards below Van Arsdale Dam to the Pacific Ocean; the South Fork of the Eel from the mouth of Section Four Creek near Branscomb to the river mouth below Weott; Middle Fork of the Eel from the intersection of the river with the southern boundary of the Middle Eel-Yolla Bolly Wilderness Area to the river mouth at Dos Rios; North Fork of the Eel from the Old Gilman Ranch downstream to the river mouth near Ramsey; Van Duzen River from Dinsmores Bridge downstream to the river mouth near Fortuna.

(e) American River. The North Fork from its source to the Iowa Hill Bridge; the Lower American from Nimbus Dam to its junction with the Sacramento River.

(f) (1) West Walker River. The main stem from its source to the confluence with Rock Creek near the town of Walker; Leavitt Creek from Leavitt Falls to the confluence with the main stem of the West Walker River.

(2) Carson River. The East Fork from the Hangman’s Bridge crossing of State Highway Route 89 to the California-Nevada border.

(3) The Legislature finds and declares that, because the East Fork Carson River and West Walker River are interstate streams, and a source of agricultural water and domestic water for communities within the Counties of Alpine and Mono where they originate, it is necessary that the following special provisions apply:

(A) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to prohibit the replacement of diversions or changes in the purpose of use, place of use, or point of diversion under existing water rights, except that (i) no replacement or change shall operate to increase the adverse effect, if any, of the preexisting diversion facility or place or purpose of use, upon the free-flowing condition and natural character of the stream, and (ii) after January 1, 1990, no new diversion shall be constructed unless and until the secretary determines that the facility is needed to supply domestic water to the residents of any county through which the river or segment flows and that the facility will not adversely affect the free-flowing condition and natural character of the stream.

(B) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as quantifying or otherwise affecting any equitable apportionment, or as establishing any upper limit, between the State of California and the State of Nevada of the waters of these streams.

(g) (1) The South Yuba River: From Lang Crossing to its confluence with Kentucky Creek below Bridgeport.

(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall prejudice, alter, delay, interfere with, or affect in any way, the existing rights of the Placer County Water Agency; the implementation of those rights; any historic water use practices; the replacement, maintenance, repair, operation, or future expansion of existing diversions, storage, powerhouses, or conveyance facilities or other works by the Placer County Water Agency; or changes in the purpose of use, places of use, points of diversion, or ownership of those existing water rights; nor shall anything in this subdivision preclude the issuance of any governmental authorization needed for utilization of those rights, except that no changes shall operate to increase the adverse effect, if any, of the preexisting facilities or places, or the purposes of use upon the free-flowing and natural character of the river segment designated in this subdivision.

(h) Albion River. The Albion River from one-fourth mile upstream of its confluence with Deadman Gulch downstream to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean.

(i) Gualala River. The main stem Gualala River from the confluence of the North and South Forks to the Pacific Ocean.

(j) (1) Cache Creek from one-fourth mile below Cache Creek Dam to Camp Haswell.

(2) North Fork Cache Creek from the Highway 20 bridge to the confluence with the main stem.

(3) The designation of Cache Creek under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not prejudice, alter, delay, interfere with, or affect in any way, the existing water rights of the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, or public water agencies within the Cache Creek watershed lying in the County of Lake, including the range of operations permitted under these existing water rights; any historic water use practices within existing water rights; or the replacement, maintenance, repair, or future expansion within existing water rights of existing diversion, storage, powerhouse, or conveyance facilities or other works by the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District or public water agencies within the Cache Creek watershed lying in the County of Lake.

(4) The designation of Cache Creek under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not prejudice, alter, delay, interfere with, or affect any changes to the existing water rights of the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, including changes to the purpose of use, place of use, points of diversion, quantity of water diverted, or ownership, or applications by the district for new water rights; provided, that the changes or applications do not involve the construction of a dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility within the segments of Cache Creek designated in paragraphs (1) and (2). Any such change or application shall be subject to all applicable constitutional, statutory, and judicial requirements, including the public trust doctrine.

(5) As the waters of the Cache Creek watershed are the sole source of supply within that watershed for the County of Lake, the designation of Cache Creek under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not prejudice, alter, delay, interfere with, or affect any changes to the existing water rights of the public water agencies within the Cache Creek watershed lying in the County of Lake, including changes to the purpose of use, place of use, points of diversion, quantity of water diverted, or ownership, or applications by these agencies for new water rights; provided, that the changes or applications do not involve the construction of a dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility within the segments of Cache Creek designated in paragraphs (1) and (2). Any such change or application shall be subject to all applicable constitutional, statutory, and judicial requirements, including the public trust doctrine.

(6) (A) The designation of Cache Creek under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not impair or affect in any way activities to manage or remove invasive or nonnative plants and animal species.

(B) The designation of Cache Creek under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not impair or affect in any way activities to remediate mercury pollution; provided, that this activity does not involve the construction of a dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility within the segments of Cache Creek designated in paragraphs (1) and (2).

(7) (A) Neither the Governor nor an employee of a state agency or department shall apply to a secretary, department, agency, or other entity of the federal government for the designation of any portion of Cache Creek as a component of the national wild and scenic rivers system under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1271 et seq.).

(B) Neither the Governor nor an employee of a state agency or department shall expend funds preparing, filing, or otherwise submitting an application to a secretary, department, or other entity of the federal government for the designation of any portion of Cache Creek as a component of the national wild and scenic rivers system under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1271 et seq.).

(8) To the extent that this subdivision conflicts with other provisions of this chapter, this subdivision shall control.

(k) (1) Mokelumne River. The following segments are designated:

(A) Segment A1: North Fork Mokelumne River from 0.50 miles downstream of the Salt Springs Dam to Bear River confluence.

(B) Segment A2: North Fork Mokelumne River from the Bear River confluence to 0.50 miles upstream of the Tiger Creek Powerhouse.

(C) Segment B: North Fork Mokelumne River from 1,000 feet downstream of the Tiger Creek Afterbay Dam to State Highway Route 26 (SR-26).

(D) Segment C1: North Fork Mokelumne River from 400 feet downstream of the small reregulating dam at the outlet of the West Point Powerhouse to the southern boundary of Section 12, T6N R12E.

(E) Segment C2: Section 12 boundary to confluence of the North and Middle Forks Mokelumne River.

(F) Segment D: Mokelumne River from the confluence of the North and Middle Forks to 300 feet upstream of the Electra Powerhouse.

(G) Segment E: Mokelumne River from 300 feet downstream of the small reregulating dam downstream of the Electra Powerhouse to the Pardee Reservoir flood surcharge pool at 580 feet elevation above mean sea level.

(2) The designation of the Mokelumne River segments under paragraph (1) is subject to all of the following special provisions:

(A) The designation of the identified segments of the Mokelumne River into the system shall not prejudice, alter, delay, interfere with, or affect in any way, the existing water rights of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company or public water agencies in the Counties of Alpine, Amador, and Calaveras, including the Amador Water Agency’s pending water right application 5647X03; the range of operations permitted under these existing water rights; any historic consumptive water use practices within existing water rights; full utilization of existing water rights, including changes in the purposes of use, places of use, points of diversion, quantities of water diverted or ownership; or the replacement, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation or alteration, or operation of facilities with no or negligible expansion of capacity within existing water rights of existing diversion, storage, powerhouse, or conveyance facilities or other works by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company or public water agencies in the Counties of Alpine, Amador, and Calaveras. Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude the issuance of any governmental authorization or financial assistance needed for full utilization of those rights. No such changes shall cause an adverse effect upon the free-flowing condition, natural character, immediate environments, or extraordinary scenic or recreational values of the river segments designated herein, provided that the existing water rights and facilities may be utilized to their fullest extent in accordance with applicable law. For the purposes of this designation, an adverse effect will be considered to be significant impairment to flows that would otherwise exist within designated segments.

(B) The designation of the identified segments of the Mokelumne River into the system shall not prejudice, alter, delay, interfere with, or affect any applications for new water rights by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, or any applications for new water rights or unappropriated water that may be available under State Filings 5647 and 5648 by public water agencies in the Counties of Alpine, Amador, and Calaveras, provided that the applications do not involve the construction of a dam, reservoir, other water impoundment facility within the designated segments, impound water on a designated segment, or diversion on a designated segment in a manner inconsistent with this chapter, nor cause an adverse effect upon the free-flowing condition, natural character, immediate environments, or extraordinary scenic or recreational values, or both, of the river segments designated herein. Any change, application, or future new projects or existing projects with significant expansion in capacity under this subdivision shall be subject to a determination that any such future changes will not cause an adverse effect upon the free-flowing condition, natural character, immediate environments, or extraordinary scenic or recreational values of the river segments designated herein. Nothing in this subdivision shall preclude the issuance of any governmental authorization or financial assistance needed for the feasibility study and review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000)) of any such change, application, or projects. For the purposes of this designation, an adverse effect will be considered to be significant impairment to flows that would otherwise exist within designated segments.

(C) The designation of the identified segments of the Mokelumne River into the system shall not prejudice, alter, affect in any way, or interfere with the maintenance, repair, or operation by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of the Mokelumne River Project (FERC No. 137) currently under the 2001 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the project, the incorporated settlement agreement, any license amendments made with the agreement of the parties to the incorporated settlement agreement, and any adjustment of flows permitted to occur pursuant to the license for enhancement of ecological and recreational resources. The designation of the identified segments of the Mokelumne River into the state wild and scenic rivers system shall not prejudice, alter, affect in any way or interfere with the maintenance, repair, or recreational opportunities of the Roaring Camp Mining Company and its associated structures, facilities, and land.

(D) Neither the Governor nor an employee of a state agency or department shall expend funds preparing, filing, applying, nominating, or otherwise submitting an application to a secretary, department, agency, or other entity of the federal government to include any segment designated herein into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1271(2)(a)(ii)).

(E) To the extent that these special provisions conflict with other provisions of this chapter, this subdivision shall control.

(l) Other rivers which qualify for inclusion in the system may be recommended to the Legislature by the secretary.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 51, Sec. 23. (SB 854) Effective June 27, 2018.)

5093.541.
  

(a) Notwithstanding the fact that the tributaries of the Smith River specified in this subdivision are not included in the system, no dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility shall be constructed on any of the following tributaries of the Smith River:

(1) Dominie Creek.

(2) Rowdy Creek.

(3) South Fork Rowdy Creek.

(4) Savoy Creek.

(5) Little Mill Creek.

(6) Bummer Lake Creek.

(7) East Fork Mill Creek.

(8) West Branch Mill Creek.

(9) Rock Creek.

(10) Goose Creek.

(11) East Fork Goose Creek.

(12) Mill Creek.

(b) All state agencies exercising powers under any other provision of law with respect to the protection and restoration of fishery resources shall continue to exercise those powers in a manner to protect and restore fishery resources in the tributaries specified in subdivision (a). In carrying out the provisions of this subdivision, any exercise of powers shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 5093.58.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 5.)

5093.542.
  

The Legislature finds and declares that the McCloud River possesses extraordinary resources in that it supports one of the finest wild trout fisheries in the state. Portions of the river have been appropriately designated by the Fish and Game Commission, pursuant to Chapter 7.2 (commencing with Section 1725) of Division 2 of the Fish and Game Code, as wild trout waters, with restrictions on the taking, or method of taking, of fish. The Legislature has determined, based upon a review of comprehensive technical data evaluating resources and potential beneficial uses, that potential beneficial uses must be balanced, in order to achieve protection of the unique fishery resources of the McCloud River, as follows:

(a) The continued management of river resources in their existing natural condition represents the best way to protect the unique fishery of the McCloud River. The Legislature further finds and declares that maintaining the McCloud River in its free-flowing condition to protect its fishery is the highest and most beneficial use of the waters of the McCloud River within the segments designated in subdivision (b), and is a reasonable use of water within the meaning of Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution.

(b) No dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility shall be constructed on the McCloud River from Algoma to the confluence with Huckleberry Creek, and 0.25 mile downstream from the McCloud Dam to the McCloud River Bridge; nor shall any such facility be constructed on Squaw Valley Creek from the confluence with Cabin Creek to the confluence with the McCloud River.

(c) Except for participation by the Department of Water Resources in studies involving the technical and economic feasibility of enlargement of Shasta Dam, no department or agency of the state shall assist or cooperate with, whether by loan, grant, license, or otherwise, any agency of the federal, state, or local government in the planning or construction of any dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility that could have an adverse effect on the free-flowing condition of the McCloud River, or on its wild trout fishery.

(d) All state agencies exercising powers under any other provision of law with respect to the protection and restoration of fishery resources shall continue to exercise those powers in a manner to protect and enhance the fishery of those segments designated in subdivision (b). In carrying out this subdivision, any exercise of powers shall be consistent with Section 5093.58.

(e) Nothing in this section shall prejudice, alter, affect in any way, or interfere with the construction, maintenance, repair, or operation by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of the existing McCloud-Pit development (FERC 2106) under its license, or prevent Pacific Gas and Electric from constructing a hydroelectric generating facility by retrofitting the existing McCloud Dam if the operation of the facility does not alter the existing flow regime below the dam.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 215, Sec. 2.)

5093.545.
  

The classifications heretofore established by the secretary for the rivers or segments of rivers included in the system are revised and adopted as follows:

Rivers

Classification

(a)

Klamath River: The Klamath River from the

FERC Project 2082 downstream boundary
in Section 17 T47N R5W as shown on
Exhibit K-7 sheet 1 dated May 25, 1962, to
the river mouth at the Pacific Ocean

Recreational

(b)

Scott River:

(1)

The Scott River from Shackleford Creek to
McCarthy Creek

Recreational

(2)

The Scott River from McCarthy Creek to
Scott Bar

Scenic

(3)

The Scott River from Scott Bar to the
confluence with the Klamath River

Recreational

(c)

Salmon River:

(1)

The Salmon River from the Forks of
Salmon to the Lewis Creek confluence

Recreational

(2)

The Salmon River from the Lewis Creek
confluence to the Wooley Creek confluence

Scenic

(3)

The Salmon River from the Wooley Creek
confluence to the confluence with the
Klamath River

Recreational

(4)

The South Fork of the Salmon River from
Cecilville to St. Claire Creek confluence

Recreational

(5)

The South Fork from St. Claire Creek
confluence to the Matthews Creek
confluence

Scenic

(6)

The South Fork from Matthews Creek
confluence to the Forks of Salmon

Recreational

(7)

The North Fork of the Salmon River from
Marble Mountain Wilderness boundary to
Mule Bridge Campground in Section 35
T12N R11W and Section 12 T11N R11W

Wild

(8)

The North Fork from Mule Bridge
Campground to the Forks of Salmon

Recreational

(9)

Wooley Creek from the Marble Mountain
Wilderness Area boundary to1/2 mile
upstream of the confluence with Salmon
River

Wild

(10)

Wooley Creek downstream1/2 mile above
the confluence with the Salmon River

Recreational

(d)

Trinity River:

(1)

The Trinity River from 100 yards below
Lewiston Dam to Cedar Flat Creek
confluence

Recreational

(2)

The Trinity River from Cedar Flat Creek
confluence to Gray Falls

Scenic

(3)

The Trinity River from Gray Falls to the
west boundary of Section 2 T8N R4E

Recreational

(4)

The Trinity River from the west boundary
of Section 2 T8N R4E to the confluence
with the Klamath River at Weitchpec

Scenic

(5)

The North Fork of the Trinity River from
the Trinity Alps Primitive Area boundary to
north boundary Section 20 T34N R11W

Wild

(6)

The North Fork from the north boundary
Section 20 T34N R11W to mouth

Recreational

(7)

The South Fork Trinity River from Forest
Glen to Hidden Valley Ranch

Wild

(8)

The South Fork from Hidden Valley Ranch
to the Naufus Creek confluence in Section 8
T1N R7E

Scenic

(9)

The South Fork from the Naufus Creek
confluence in Section 8 T1N R7E to
Johnson Creek confluence near the
boundary of Sections 13 and 14 T2N R6E

Wild

(10)

The South Fork from Johnson Creek
confluence near the boundary of Sections 13
and 14 T2N R6E to the boundary of
Sections 25 and 36 T2N R6E

Scenic

(11)

The South Fork from the boundary of
Sections 25 and 36 T2N R6E to the
footbridge near the mouth of Underwood
Creek in Section 17 T4N R6E Humboldt
Base and Meridian

Recreational

(12)

The South Fork from the footbridge near the
mouth of Underwood Creek in Section 17
T4N R6E to Todd Ranch in Section 18 T5N
R5E

Wild

(13)

The South Fork from Todd Ranch in Section
18 T5N R5E to the confluence with Main
Trinity

Scenic

(14)

New River from the Salmon Trinity
Primitive Area boundary to the junction
with the East Fork New River in Section 23
T7N R7E

Wild

(15)

New River from the junction with the East
Fork New River in Section 23 T7N R7E to
100 yards below Panther Creek
Campground in Section 18 T6N R7E

Recreational

(16)

New River from 100 yards below Panther
Creek Campground in Section 18 T6N R7E
to Dyer Creek confluence in Section 25
T26N R6E

Scenic

(17)

New River from Dyer Creek confluence in
Section 25 T26N R6E to the confluence
with Trinity River

Wild

(e)

Smith River:

(1)

Smith River from the confluence of the
Middle and South Forks to its mouth at the
Pacific Ocean

Recreational

(2)

Middle Fork Smith River from its source
about 3 miles south of Sanger Lake as
depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak”
topographic map to the middle of Section 7
T17N R5E

Wild

(3)

Middle Fork Smith River from the middle
of Section 7 T17N R5E to the middle of
Section 6 T17N R5E

Scenic

(4)

Middle Fork Smith River from middle of
Section 6 T17N R5E to one-half mile
upstream from the confluence with Knopki
Creek

Wild

(5)

Middle Fork Smith River from one-half
mile upstream from the confluence with
Knopki Creek to the confluence with South
Fork Smith River

Recreational

(6)

Myrtle Creek from its source in Section 9
T17N R1E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´
“Crescent City” topographic map to the
middle of Section 28 T17N R1E

Recreational

(7)

Myrtle Creek from the middle of Section 28
T17N R1E to the confluence with the
Middle Fork Smith River

Recreational

(8)

Shelly Creek from its source in Section 1
T18N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´
“Gasquet” topographic map to the
confluence with Patrick Creek

Recreational

(9)

Kelly Creek from its source in Section 32
T17N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´
“Gasquet” topographic map to the
confluence with the Middle Fork Smith
River

Recreational

(10)

Packsaddle Creek from its source about 0.8
miles southwest of Broken Rib Mountain as
depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak”
topographic map to the eastern boundary of
Section 3 T17N R1E

Recreational

(11)

Packsaddle Creek from the eastern
boundary of Section 3 T17N R4E to the
northern boundary of Section 3 T17N R4E

Recreational

(12)

Packsaddle Creek from the northern
boundary of Section 3 T17N R4E to the
confluence with the Middle Fork of Smith
River

Recreational

(13)

East Fork Patrick Creek from its source in
Section 10 T18N R3E as depicted on 1951
USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to
the confluence with the West Fork Patrick
Creek

Recreational

(14)

West Fork Patrick Creek from its source in
Section 18 T18N R3E as depicted on 1951
USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to
the confluence with the East Fork Patrick
Creek

Recreational

(15)

Griffin Creek from its source about 0.2
miles southwest of Hazel View Summit as
depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak”
topographic map to the confluence with the
Middle Fork Smith River

Recreational

(16)

Knopki Creek from its source about 0.4
miles west of Sanger Peak as depicted on
1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak” topographic
map to the confluence with the Middle Fork
Smith River

Recreational

(17)

Monkey Creek from its source in the
northeast quadrant of Section 12 T18N R3E
as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet”
topographic map to the northern boundary
of Section 26 T18N R3E

Recreational

(18)

Monkey Creek from the northern boundary
of Section 26 T18N R3E to the confluence
with the Middle Fork of Smith River

Recreational

(19)

Patrick Creek from the junction of East and
West Forks of Patrick Creek to the
confluence with the Middle Fork Smith
River

Recreational

(20)

North Fork Smith River from the
California-Oregon boundary to the
confluence with an unnamed tributary in the
northern quarter Section 5 T18N R2E as
depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet”
topographic map

Wild

(21)

North Fork Smith River from the
confluence with an unnamed tributary in the
northern quarter of Section 5 T18N R2E to
the southernmost intersection of the
eastern boundary of Section 5 T18N R2E
as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet”
topographic map

Scenic

(22)

North Fork Smith River from the
southernmost intersection of the eastern
boundary Section 5 T18N R2E as depicted
on 1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic
map to the confluence with Stony Creek

Wild

(23)

North Fork Smith River from the
confluence with Stony Creek to the
confluence with the Middle Fork of the
Smith River

Recreational

(24)

Diamond Creek from the California-Oregon
state boundary to the confluence with High
Plateau Creek

Recreational

(25)

Diamond Creek from the confluence with
High Plateau Creek to the confluence with
the North Fork Smith River

Recreational

(26)

Bear Creek from its source in Section 24
T18N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´
“Gasquet” topographic map to the
confluence with Diamond Creek

Recreational

(27)

Still Creek from its source in Section 11
T18N R1E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´
“Crescent City” topographic map to the
confluence with the North Fork Smith River

Recreational

(28)

North Fork Diamond Creek from the
California-Oregon state boundary to the
confluence with Diamond Creek

Recreational

(29)

High Plateau Creek from its source in
Section 26 T18N R2E as depicted on 1951
USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic map to
the northern boundary Section 23 T18N
R2E

Recreational

(30)

High Plateau Creek from the northern
boundary Section 23 T18N R2E to the
confluence with Diamond Creek

Recreational

(31)

Siskiyou Fork of Smith River from its
source about 0.7 miles southeast of Broken
Rib Mountain as depicted on 1956 USGS
15´ “Preston Peak” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Siskiyou Fork of
the Smith River

Wild

(32)

Siskiyou Fork of the Smith River from the
confluence with the South Siskiyou Fork of
the Smith River to the confluence with the
Middle Fork of the Smith River

Recreational

(33)

South Siskiyou Fork of the Smith River
from its source about 0.6 miles southwest of
Buck Lake as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´
“Preston Peak” topographic map to the
confluence with the Siskiyou Fork of the
Smith River

Wild

(34)

South Fork Smith River from its source
about 0.5 miles southwest of Bear Mountain
as depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston
Peak” topographic map to Blackhawk Bar

Wild

(35)

South Fork Smith River from Blackhawk
Bar to the confluence with the Middle Fork
Smith River

Recreational

(36)

Williams Creek from its source in Section
31 T14N R4E as depicted on 1952 USGS
15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic map to
the confluence with Eight Mile Creek

Recreational

(37)

Eight Mile Creek from its source in Section
29 T14N R4E as depicted on 1955 USGS
15´ “Dillon Mtn.” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(38)

Prescott Fork of the Smith River from its
source about 0.5 miles southeast of Island
Lake as depicted on 1955 USGS 15´
“Dillon Mtn.” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(39)

Quartz Creek from its source in Section 31
T16N R4E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´
“Ship Mountain” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(40)

Jones Creek from its source in Section 36
T16N R3E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´
“Ship Mountain” topographic map to the
middle of Section 5 T15N R3E

Recreational

(41)

Jones Creek from the middle of Section 5
T15N R3E to the confluence with the South
Fork of the Smith River

Recreational

(42)

Hurdygurdy Creek from its source about 0.4
miles southwest of Bear Basin Butte as
depicted on 1956 USGS 15´ “Preston Peak”
topographic map to the confluence with the
South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(43)

Gordon Creek from its source in Section 18
T16N R3E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´
“Gasquet” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(44)

Coon Creek from the junction of the two
source tributaries in the southwest quadrant
of Section 31 T17N R3E as depicted on
1951 USGS 15´ “Gasquet” topographic
map to the western boundary of Section 14
T16N R2E

Recreational

(45)

Coon Creek from the western boundary of
Section 14 T16N R2E to the confluence
with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(46)

Craigs Creek from its source in Section 36
T17N R2E as depicted on 1951 USGS 15´
“Gasquet” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(47)

Buck Creek from its source at Cedar Camp
Spring as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´
“Ship Mountain” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(48)

Muzzleloader Creek from its source in
Section 2 T15N R3E as depicted on 1952
USGS 15´ “Ship Mountain” topographic
map to the confluence with Jones Creek

Recreational

(49)

Canthook Creek from its source in Section 2
T15N R2E as depicted on 1952 USGS 15´
“Ship Mountain” topographic map to the
confluence with the South Fork Smith River

Recreational

(f)

Eel River:

(1)

The Eel River from 100 yards below Van
Arsdale Dam to the confluence with Tomki
Creek

Recreational

(2)

The Eel River from the confluence with
Tomki Creek to the middle of Section 22
T19N R12W

Scenic

(3)

The Eel River from the middle of Section
22 T19N R12W to the boundary between
Sections 7 and 8 T19N R12W

Recreational

(4)

The Eel River from the boundary between
Sections 7 and 8 T19N R12W to the
confluence with Outlet Creek

Wild

(5)

The Eel River from the confluence with
Outlet Creek to the mouth at the Pacific
Ocean

Recreational

(6)

The South Fork of the Eel River from the
mouth of Section Four Creek near
Branscomb

Recreational

(7)

The South Fork of the Eel River from
Horseshoe Bend to the middle of Section 29
T23N R16W

Wild

(8)

The South Fork of the Eel River from the
middle of Section 29 T23N R16W to the
confluence with the main Eel near Weott

Recreational

(9)

Middle Fork of the Eel River from the
intersection of the river with the southern
boundary of the Middle Eel-Yolla Bolly
Wilderness Area to the Eel River Ranger
Station

Wild

(10)

The Middle Fork of the Eel River from Eel
River Ranger Station to Williams Creek

Recreational

(11)

The Middle Fork of the Eel River from
Williams Creek to the southern boundary of
the northern quarter of Section 25 T22N
R12W

Scenic

(12)

The Middle Fork of the Eel River from the
southern boundary of the northern quarter of
Section 25 T22N R12W to the boundary
between Sections 4 and 5 T21N R13W

Wild

(13)

The Middle Fork of the Eel River from the
boundary between Sections 4 and 5 T21N
R13W to the confluence with main Eel at
Dos Rios

Recreational

(14)

The North Fork of the Eel River from the
Old Gilman Ranch to the middle of Section
8 T24N R13W

Wild

(15)

The North Fork of the Eel River from the
middle of Section 8 T24N R13W to the
boundary between Sections 12 and 13 T24N
R14W

Recreational

(16)

The North Fork of the Eel River from the
boundary between Sections 12 and 13 T24N
R14W to the confluence with main Eel

Wild

(g)

Van Duzen River:

(1)

The Van Duzen River from the
Dinsmore Bridge to the powerline crossing
above Little Larribee Creek

Scenic

(2)

The Van Duzen River from the powerline
crossing above Little Larribee Creek to the
confluence with Eel River

Recreational

(h)

Lower American River: The Lower Ameri-

can River from Nimbus Dam to its junction
with the Sacramento River

Recreational

(i)

North Fork American River:

(1)

The North Fork from the source of the
North Fork American River to two and
one-half miles above the Forest Hill-Soda
Springs Road

Wild

(2)

The North Fork from two and one-half
miles above the Forest Hill-Soda Springs
Road to one-half mile below the Forest
Hill-Soda Springs Road

Scenic

(3)

The North Fork from one-half mile below
the Forest Hill-Soda Springs Road to
one-quarter mile above the Iowa Hill
Bridge

Wild

(4)

The North Fork from one-quarter mile
above the Iowa Hill Bridge to the Iowa Hill
Bridge

Scenic

(j)

West Walker River:

(1)

West Walker River from Tower Lake to
northern boundary of Section 10 (T5N,
R22E)

Wild

(2)

West Walker River From northern boundary
of Section 10 (T5N, R22E) to the eastern
boundary of Section 23 (T6N, R22E)

Scenic

(3)

West Walker River from the eastern
boundary of Section 23 (T6N, R22E) to the
eastern boundary of Section 24 (T6N,
R22E)

Recreational

(4)

West Walker River from the eastern
boundary of Section 24 (T6N, R22E) to the
confluence with Little Walker River

Scenic

(5)

West Walker River from the confluence
with Little Walker River to the confluence
with Rock Creek

Recreational

(6)

Leavitt Creek from Leavitt Falls to the
confluence with West Walker River

Scenic

(k)

East Fork Carson River: East Fork

Carson River from Hangman’s Bridge
crossing of state Highway 89 to the
California-Nevada border

Scenic

(l)

(1) The South Yuba River:

(A) The South Yuba River from Lang
Crossing to the confluence with
Fall Creek

Scenic

(B) The South Yuba River from the
confluence with Fall Creek to the
confluence with Jefferson Creek
below the Town of Washington

Recreational

(C) The South Yuba River from the
confluence with Jefferson Creek
to Edwards Crossing

Scenic

(D) The South Yuba River from
Edwards Crossing to its
confluence with Kentucky Creek
below Bridgeport

Scenic

(2)

This subdivision shall become operative
January 1, 2001.

(m)

Albion River: The Albion River from one-fourth

mile upstream of its confluence with
Deadman Gulch downstream to its mouth at
the Pacific Ocean

Recreational

(n)

Gualala River: The main stem Gualala

River from the confluence of the North and
South Forks to the Pacific Ocean

Recreational

(o)

Cache Creek:

(1)

North Fork Section:
From Highway 20 two miles downstream to
the confluence of Cache Creek and the North
Fork Cache Creek

Scenic

(2)

Mainstem Section:

(A) 1/4mile downstream of Cache Creek
Dam to the confluence with Davis Creek

Wild

(B) Davis Creek confluence to 1 mile
downstream of Davis Creek confluence

Scenic

(C) 1 mile downstream of Davis Creek
confluence to western boundary of
Section 6 T12N R4W

Wild

(D) Western boundary of Section 6
to the confluence with Bear Creek

Scenic

(E) Bear Creek confluence to Camp
Haswell

Recreational

(p)

Mokelumne River:

(1)

Segment A1: North Fork Mokelumne River from 0.50 miles downstream of the Salt Springs Dam to Bear River confluence

Recreational

(2)

Segment A2: North Fork Mokelumne River from the Bear River confluence to 0.50 miles upstream of the Tiger Creek Powerhouse

Wild

(3)

Segment B: North Fork Mokelumne River from 1,000 feet downstream of the Tiger Creek Afterbay Dam to State Highway Route 26 (SR-26)

Scenic

(4)

Segment C1: North Fork Mokelumne River from 400 feet downstream of the small reregulating dam at the outlet of the West Point Powerhouse to the southern boundary of Section 12, T6N R12E

Wild

(5)

Segment C2: Section 12 boundary to confluence of the North and Middle Forks Mokelumne River

Recreational

(6)

Segment D: Mokelumne River from the confluence of the North and Middle Forks to 300 feet upstream of the Electra Powerhouse

Scenic

(7)

Segment E: Mokelumne River from 300 feet downstream of the small reregulating dam downstream of the Electra Powerhouse to the Pardee Reservoir flood surcharge pool at 580 feet elevation above mean sea level

Recreational

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 51, Sec. 24. (SB 854) Effective June 27, 2018.)

5093.546.
  

Classification or reclassification of rivers or segments of rivers within the system as wild, scenic, or recreational shall be by statute. The secretary may recommend legislation to classify or reclassify rivers or segments of rivers within the system, and may include specific land use restrictions relative to each particular classification in such recommendations.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 7.)

5093.547.
  

(a) The secretary shall study and submit to the Governor and the Legislature reports on the suitability or nonsuitability for addition to the system of rivers or segments thereof which are designated by the Legislature as potential additions to the system. The secretary shall report to the Legislature his or her recommendations and proposals with respect to the designation of a river or segment.

(b) Each report, including maps and illustrations, shall show, among other things, the area included within the report, the characteristics which do or do not make the area a worthy addition to the system, the current status of land ownership and use in the immediate environment, and the reasonably foreseeable potential uses of the land and water which will be enhanced, foreclosed, or curtailed if the river or river segment were included in the system.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 183, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1996.)

5093.55.
  

Other than temporary flood storage facilities permitted pursuant to Section 5093.57, no dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility may be constructed on any river and segment thereof designated in Section 5093.54; nor may a water diversion facility be constructed on the river and segment unless and until the secretary determines that the facility is needed to supply domestic water to the residents of the county or counties through which the river and segment flows, and unless and until the secretary determines that the facility will not adversely affect the free-flowing condition and natural character of the river and segment.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 545, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2005.)

5093.56.
  

No department or agency of the state may assist or cooperate, whether by loan, grant, license, or otherwise, with any department or agency of the federal, state, or local government, in the planning or construction of a dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility that could have an adverse effect on the free-flowing condition and natural character of the rivers and segments thereof designated in Section 5093.54 as included in the system.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 51, Sec. 27. (SB 854) Effective June 27, 2018.)

5093.57.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit any measures for flood protection, structural or nonstructural, necessary for the protection of lives and property along the Eel River as described in subdivision (d) of Section 5093.54, except for dams, reservoirs, or other water impoundment structures; provided, however, that such measures for flood protection may include facilities for temporary flood storage or flood storage basins on tributaries of the Eel River.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1259.)

5093.58.
  

This chapter neither diminishes the power of the secretary or any other state or local official or agency under any other statute, nor conveys any authority, express or implied, to the secretary or any state or local agency, commission, board, or official to adopt or implement any interim or permanent order, rule, regulation, guideline, or directive concerning land use regulation.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 11.)

5093.60.
  

The Resources Agency shall be responsible for coordinating the activities of state agencies whose activities affect the rivers in the system with those of other state, local, and federal agencies with jurisdiction over matters which may affect the rivers.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 14.)

5093.61.
  

All departments and agencies of the state shall exercise their powers granted under any other provision of law in a manner that protects the free-flowing state of each component of the system and the extraordinary values for which each component was included in the system. All local government agencies shall exercise their powers granted under any other provision of law in a manner consistent with the policy and provisions of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 545, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2005.)

5093.62.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall affect the jurisdiction or responsibility of the state with regard to fish, wildlife, or their habitat. Hunting and fishing may be permitted on lands and waters administered as parts of the system under applicable state or federal laws and regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 16.)

5093.63.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to permit or require the reservation, use, or taking of private property for scenic, fishery, wildlife, or recreation purposes, for inclusion in the system or for other public use, without just compensation.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1259.)

5093.64.
  

If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the chapter which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this chapter are severable.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 1259.)

5093.66.
  

(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the enactment of this section is necessary in order to allow extraction and refinement of strategic metals at a site on Gasquet Mountain within the Smith River watershed.

(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 5093.54 or any other provisions of this chapter, Hardscrabble Creek and all of its tributaries, a tributary of the Smith River, are excluded from the system.

(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 5093.58 or any other provision of this chapter, Copper Creek and all of its tributaries, a tributary to the Smith River, located in Sections 26, 27, 28, 34, and 35 of Township 18 North, Range 1 East, within the County of Del Norte, are classified as recreational.

(d) In order to protect extraordinary scenic, recreational, fishery, or wildlife values within one-quarter mile of the north fork of the Smith River located in the County of Del Norte, no mining activity shall be permitted which would result in a significant adverse effect to these values within one-quarter mile of the north fork of the Smith River.

(e) Nothing in this section or Section 5093.67 is intended to modify or limit the regulatory authority of any state agency under any other provision of law.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1336, Sec. 12.)

5093.67.
  

In order to enhance the recreational qualities of rivers where temporary summer recreational dams have been constructed in the past to improve water oriented recreational opportunities for the public, the secretary may authorize the emplacement of temporary impoundments for recreational purposes on portions of rivers included in the system which are classified as recreational, if the secretary finds all of the following:

(a) There has been a history of impoundments at the location for recreational purposes.

(b) The impoundment will not cause an adverse effect on the fishery values of the river.

(c) The impoundment will be removed before it would interfere with anadromous fisheries.

(d) The impoundment will improve the recreational opportunities for the public.

(e) The impoundment will not adversely affect navigation, scenic qualities, and public access.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 14, Sec. 2. Effective February 5, 1982.)

5093.68.
  

(a) Within the boundaries of special treatment areas adjacent to wild, scenic, or recreational river segments, all of the following provisions shall apply, in addition to any other applicable provision under this chapter or generally, whether by statute or regulation:

(1) A timber operator, whether licensed or not, is responsible for the actions of his or her employees. The registered professional forester who prepares and signs a timber harvesting plan, a timber management plan, or a notice of timber operations is responsible for its contents, but is not responsible for the implementation or execution of the plan or notice unless employed for that purpose.

(2) A registered professional forester preparing a timber harvesting plan shall certify that he or she or a qualified representative has personally inspected the plan area on the ground.

(b) In order to temporarily suspend timber operations that are being conducted within special treatment areas adjacent to wild, scenic, or recreational rivers designated pursuant to Section 5093.54, while judicial remedies are pursued pursuant to this section, an inspecting forest officer of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection may issue a written timber operations stop order if, upon reasonable cause, the officer determines that a timber operation is being conducted, or is about to be conducted, in violation of Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 4511) of Part 2 of Division 4, or of rules and regulations adopted pursuant to those provisions, and that the violation or threatened violation would result in imminent and substantial damage to soil, water, or timber resources or to fish and wildlife habitat. A stop order shall apply only to those acts or omissions that are the proximate cause of the violation or that are reasonably foreseen would be the proximate cause of a violation. The stop order shall be effective immediately and throughout the next day.

(c) A supervising forest officer may, after an onsite investigation, extend a stop order issued pursuant to subdivision (b) for up to five days, excluding Saturday and Sunday, if the forest officer finds that the original stop order was issued upon reasonable cause. A stop order shall not be issued or extended for the same act or omission more than one time.

(d) Each stop order shall identify the specific act or omission that constitutes a violation or that, if foreseen, would constitute a violation, the specific timber operation that is to be stopped, and any corrective or mitigative actions that may be required.

(e) The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection may terminate the stop order if the timber operator enters into a written agreement with the department assuring that the timber operator will resume operations in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 4511) of Part 2 of Division 4, and with the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to those provisions, and will correct any violation. The department may require a reasonable cash deposit or bond payable to the department as a condition of compliance with the agreement.

(f) Notice of the issuance of a stop order or an extension of a stop order shall be deemed to have been made to all persons working on the timber operation when a copy of the written order is delivered to the person in charge of operations at the time that the order is issued or, if no persons are present at that time, by posting a copy of the order conspicuously on the yarder or log loading equipment at a currently active landing on the timber operations site. If no person is present at the site when the order is issued, the issuing forest officer shall deliver a copy of the order to the timber operator either in person or to the operator’s address of record prior to the commencement of the next working day.

(g) As used in this section, “forest officer” means a registered professional forester employed by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in a civil service classification of forester II or higher grade.

(h) (1) Failure of the timber operator or an employee of the timber operator, after receiving notice pursuant to this section, to comply with a validly issued stop order is a violation of this section and is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment for not more than one year in the county jail, or both. The person shall also be subject to civil damages to the state not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each misdemeanor violation. However, in all cases, the timber operator, and not an employee of the operator or any other person, shall be charged with that violation. Each day or portion thereof that the violation continues shall constitute a new and separate offense.

(2) In determining the penalty for a timber operator guilty of violating a validly issued stop order, the court shall take into consideration all relevant circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following:

(A) The extent of harm to soil, water, or timber resources or to fish and wildlife habitat.

(B) Corrective action, if any, taken by the defendant.

(i) Nothing in this section prevents a timber operator from seeking an alternative writ as prescribed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1084) of Title 1 of Part 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure, or as provided by any other provision of law.

(j) (1) If a timber operator believes that a forest officer lacked reasonable cause to issue or extend a stop order pursuant to this section, the timber operator may present a claim to the Department of General Services pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 900) of Division 3.6 of Title 1 of the Government Code for compensation and damages resulting from the stopping of timber operations.

(2) If the Department of General Services finds that the forest officer lacked reasonable cause to issue or extend the stop order, the board shall award a sum of not less than one hundred dollars ($100), nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), per day for each day the order was in effect.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 31, Sec. 270. (SB 836) Effective June 27, 2016.)

5093.69.
  

(a) The Resources Agency shall conduct studies specifically funded by the Legislature relative to the condition of the system and may make recommendations to the Legislature for protection and enhancement of the system.

(b) The director shall conduct studies specifically funded by the Legislature and shall make recommendations relating to all of the following:

(1) The restoration of salmon and steelhead habitat in the system, including measures that can be taken to increase spawning populations, and provide at least 100 miles of reopened spawning and nursery areas each year until the year 1990.

(2) Enforcement requirements necessary to protect the system from fish or wildlife degradation.

(3) Development of information or statistical data necessary to provide the most beneficial management of the fisheries included within the system.

(4) Legislative action deemed necessary to protect the fishery and wildlife values of the system.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1481, Sec. 18.)

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(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:

(1) Mill Creek and Deer Creek possess extraordinary resources in that they support one of the few remaining viable populations of wild spring-run chinook salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River system. One essential component of the resources provided by these creeks is their exceptional water quality.

(2) Based on a review of comprehensive technical data, the Legislature has determined that potential beneficial uses must be balanced to achieve protection of the unique fishery resources and existing water rights of Mill Creek and Deer Creek in the manner specified in this section. In lieu of including Mill Creek and Deer Creek in the system, the continued management of stream resources in their existing natural condition consistent with the terms of this section represents the best way to protect the unique fishery of Mill Creek and Deer Creek. Maintaining the existing free flowing conditions of Mill Creek and Deer Creek to protect their fisheries is the highest and most beneficial use of the unappropriated waters of Mill Creek and Deer Creek within the segments designated in subdivisions (b) and (c), and is a reasonable use of water within the meaning of Section 2 of Article X of the California Constitution.

(b) No new dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility shall be constructed on Mill Creek from the headwaters of East Sulphur Creek within Section 15 T30N R4E to the United States Geological Survey gauging station in the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 6 T25N, R1W.

(c) No new dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility shall be constructed on Deer Creek from the headwaters in Section 11 T27N R5E to the United States Geological Survey gauging station in the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 23 T25N, R1W.

(d) Except for the maintenance of existing flood control facilities and projects by public agencies or private landowners or emergency flood control activities or repairs required due to acts of God, provided that those activities or projects do not interfere with the passage of migrating anadromous fish, no state agency shall assist or cooperate with, whether by loan, grant, license, or otherwise, any agency of the federal, state, or local government in the planning or construction of any dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility that could have an adverse effect on the free-flowing conditions of Mill Creek and Deer Creek, or on their wild runs of spring-run chinook salmon.

(e) All state agencies exercising powers under any other provision of law with respect to the protection and restoration of fishery resources shall continue to exercise those powers in a manner that protects and enhances the fishery of the segments designated in subdivisions (b) and (c). In carrying out this subdivision, any exercise of powers shall be consistent with Section 5093.58.

(f) Nothing in this section shall prejudice, alter, affect in any way, delay, or interfere with the implementation or construction of any fishery restoration or improvement project that is authorized, required, or recommended pursuant to the Central Valley Improvement Act (Public Law 102-575) or the Upper Sacramento River Fisheries and Riparian Habitat Management Plan developed pursuant to Chapter 885 of the Statutes of 1986, or of any other fishery restoration or improvement project.

(g) Nothing in this chapter shall prejudice, alter, affect in any way, delay, or interfere with existing water rights; implementation of those rights; historic water use practices; and replacement, maintenance, repair, or operation of diversions and diversion facilities; or changes in the purposes of use, places of use, points of diversion, or ownership of existing water rights, except that no change shall operate to increase the adverse effect, if any, of the preexisting diversion facility or place or purpose of use upon the free flowing and natural character of the stream.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 183, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1996.)

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