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Water Code - WAT

DIVISION 11. IRRIGATION DISTRICTS [20500 - 29978]

  ( Division 11 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

PART 6. COOPERATION [23100 - 23465]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

CHAPTER 2. Cooperation With United States [23175 - 23302]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

ARTICLE 2. Contracts With United States [23195 - 23204]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372. )

23195.
  

Districts may cooperate and contract with the United States under the Federal Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, and all acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto or any other act of Congress heretofore or hereafter enacted permitting cooperation.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

23196.
  

The co-operation and contract may be for any or all of the following purposes:

(a) Acquisition, extension, or operation of works for irrigation or drainage or development and distribution of electric power or any or all of these purposes.

(b) A water supply.

(c) Assumption as principal or guarantor of indebtedness to the United States on account of district land.

(d) Borrowing or procuring money from the United States to finance any of the operations of the district.

(e) Financing or refinancing obligations of the district, including outstanding warrants or other indebtedness.

(f) Purchasing or refunding bonds of the district.

(g) Accomplishing any of the purposes of the district.

(h) Maintenance and operation of works and facilities within or without its boundaries for the protection of land and property from damage by flood or overflow.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1513.)

23197.
  

In a contract made pursuant to Section 23196 a district may include provision for either or both of the following:

(a) Delivery and distribution of water for the land in the district under the relevant acts of Congress and the rules and regulations established thereunder.

(b) Conveyance to the United States as partial consideration for the privileges obtained by the district under the contract of any property of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

23198.
  

When a contract has been made with the United States, if so provided by the contract and authorized pursuant to this chapter, bonds of the district may be transferred to or deposited with the United States, at not less than 95 percent of their par value, to the amount or any part thereof to be paid by the district to the United States. The interest or principal or both on the bonds shall be raised by assessment and levy as prescribed in this chapter and shall be regularly paid to the United States and applied as provided in the contract. The bonds may provide for the payment of interest at a rate not exceeding 8 percent per year, be of the denominations, and call for the repayment of the principal at the times, all as agreed upon.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1107.)

23199.
  

The contract with the United States may likewise call for the payment of the amount or any part thereof to be paid by the district to the United States, at the times, in the installments, and with interest charges not exceeding 8 percent per year, all as may be agreed upon, and for assessment and levy as provided in this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1107.)

23200.
  

All water, the right to the use of which is acquired by a district under any contract with the United States shall be distributed and apportioned by the district in accordance with the applicable acts of Congress, the rules and regulations of the Secretary of the Interior thereunder, and the provisions of the contract, and provision may be made in the contract for the refusal of water service to any or all land which may become delinquent in the payment of any assessment levied for the purpose of carrying out the contract.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

23201.
  

A district may pursuant to the contract sell or lease water for private land, to entrymen, or to municipalities, in the neighborhood of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

23202.
  

When a contract pursuant to this chapter has been entered into between the United States and any district, the district shall not be dissolved, nor shall its boundaries be changed, except upon written consent of the Secretary of the Interior filed with the official records of the district. If consent is given and land is excluded, the areas excluded shall be free from all liens and charges for payments to become due to the United States.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

23203.
  

A district may accept an appointment to collect money for or to act as fiscal agent of the United States in connection with any Federal reclamation project, and the district may assume the duties and liabilities incident to this action and do any and all things related to the appointment required by the Federal statutes now or hereafter enacted and by the applicable rules and regulations now or hereafter established by any department of the Federal Government.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

23204.
  

Any property owned or acquired by a district may be conveyed by it to the United States in so far as the property may be needed for the construction or operation of works by the United States for the benefit of the district pursuant to the contract.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 372.)

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