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DIVISION 6. CONSERVATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND UTILIZATION OF STATE WATER RESOURCES [10000 - 12999]

  ( Heading of Division 6 amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932. )

PART 6. WATER DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS [12570 - 12949.6]

  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 196. )

CHAPTER 1. Investigation of Projects [12570 - 12634.3]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 196. )

ARTICLE 4. Administrative Provisions [12601 - 12612]
  ( Heading of Article 4 amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932. )

12601.
  

The department shall establish general policies, prescribe rules and regulations for the general administration of Chapters 1 and 2 of this part, and may require such information as it deems necessary.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12602.
  

The department, or a representative authorized by the department to do so, may call, conduct or attend conferences or hearings, official or unofficial, within or without this state, or otherwise participate in such conferences or hearings, with interested persons, agencies or officers, of this or any other state, or with the Congress of the United States, congressional committees, or officials of the federal government, concerning water projects, plans, or problems. However, where the appropriations committees of the Congress are hearing requests for appropriations for flood control projects being planned or constructed in California under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, or reclamation projects being planned or constructed in California by the Bureau of Reclamation, United States Department of the Interior, the California Water Commission shall present its views. Prior to making such presentation, the commission shall consult with interested local, state, and federal agencies, and may on request report to the committees the views of any county, city, state agency, or public district regarding such appropriations. The commission may, on request, represent any local agencies before such committees. Nothing in this section or in Section 12604.3 shall be deemed or construed to modify, limit, or take away from any of the powers and duties vested in the department, or any other state agency, pursuant to this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1041.)

12603.
  

The department shall keep itself informed as to any activities, requirements or procedures of the United States, its departments or agencies affecting any proposed water project within the scope of Chapters 1 and 2 of this part, including flood control, water conservation, domestic and irrigation use, and power development, but not excluding other uses.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12604.
  

As to any matter involving the United States, its departments or agencies, which is within the scope of the powers and duties of the department, the department may represent the interests of the State or any county, city, state agency or public district, and to that end may correspond, confer and cooperate with the United States, its departments or agencies, and where necessary the director, or his authorized representative, may travel either within or without the State.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12604.3.
  

In matters concerning the coordination of planning, construction, and operation of federal water development and flood control projects in the State of California with state and local projects, the California Water Commission shall advise the department, and the Governor, and to this end may confer with the appropriate executive agencies of the United States.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 180.)

12606.
  

The department may hold hearings and conduct investigations in any part of the State.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12608.
  

At any hearing by or on behalf of the department any county, city, state agency, including the Department of Fish and Game, public district, association, or any person affected by or interested in the control, storage, and use of water resources, involved in the hearing may appear and present any petition, evidence, testimony, plan, data, information, or opinion bearing on the subject matter of the hearing including an evaluation of loss and damage to fish and other natural resources.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12609.
  

As a further means of carrying out the policies defined in Sections 12578 to 12582, inclusive, the department shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Collect and file data.

(b) Make necessary studies and surveys.

(c) Make investigations.

(d) Prepare plans and estimates of cost and benefits of all proposed water development projects.

(e) Determine the damage created by flood waters.

(f) Encourage the creation and development of flood control and water conservation plans and activities of the several counties, cities, state agencies, and public districts.

(g) Cooperate with the United States or any of its departments or agencies in carrying out measures for control, storage or use of waters on streams, rivers or other waterways, and the watersheds thereof within this State which are authorized and adopted pursuant to an act of Congress of the United States, approved June 22, 1936, entitled “An act authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbors for flood control, and for other purposes,” together with amendatory or supplemental legislation adopted by Congress.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12610.
  

In performing the duties prescribed in Section 12609, the director, or his authorized representative, may travel either within or without the State and shall consult and cooperate with the officials and engineers of the counties, cities, state agencies, or public districts affected.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12611.
  

The department may cooperate with any county, city, state agency or public district on flood control and other water problems and when requested by such county, city, state agency or public district, may enter into cooperative agreements to prepare plans and specifications, construct, or maintain and operate projects or expend money in behalf of such county, city, state agency or public district, to accomplish the purposes of Chapters 1 and 2 of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

12612.
  

The department has no authority to undertake the construction of flood control or other water projects provided for under Chapters 1 and 2 of this part, thereby obligating any county, city, state agency, or public district in any way except upon the formal request of such county, city, state agency or public district.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

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