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Water Code - WAT

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 3.5. Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation in Connection With Flood Control and Watershed Protection Projects [12840 - 12849]

  ( Chapter 3.5 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 537. )

ARTICLE 1. State Policy [12840 - 12842]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 537. )

12840.
  

Notwithstanding any other provisions of Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 12639) and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12800), the policy set forth in this chapter shall apply to watershed protection and flood prevention projects under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 12850), to small watershed projects approved by the State Conservationist of the United States Department of Agriculture, to small flood control projects authorized by Section 12750, and to flood control projects authorized by Congress and adopted and authorized by the Legislature pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 12639). It is not the intent of this chapter to affect the responsibility for the maintenance and operation of those projects pursuant to the applicable provisions of law.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1251, Sec. 5.)

12841.
  

The Legislature finds and declares that in order to protect the general health and welfare of the public it is necessary to provide for the preservation and enhancement of the state’s fish and wildlife resources in connection with flood control and watershed protection projects and to realize the full potential of such projects to provide recreational opportunities to the general public.

The Legislature further finds and declares that in order to enhance the general public health and welfare it is necessary that all flood control and watershed protection projects be designed, constructed, and operated so as to realize their full potential for the enhancement of the state’s fish and wildlife resources and to provide recreational opportunities to the general public. The Legislature further finds and declares that the realization of fish and wildlife enhancement opportunities and the provision of recreational opportunities is of benefit to all of the people of California and that a portion of the costs of realizing these benefits from federal flood control and watershed protection projects should be borne by them.

The Legislature further finds and declares that fish and wildlife enhancement and recreational development should be among the purposes of all federal flood control and watershed protection projects and that opportunities to attain these benefits should be realized concurrently with the realization of benefits from other project purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 537.)

12842.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares that it is the intent of the Legislature that the planning and construction of all flood control and watershed protection projects shall include such features as may be determined to be necessary and desirable to preserve and enhance the state’s fish and wildlife resources and to achieve the full utilization of such projects for recreational purposes consistent with the construction and operation of such projects to protect life and property.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 537.)

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