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AB-557 Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 347 of the Water Code is amended to read:

347.
 (a) The Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program is hereby established in the Department of Water Resources.
(b) Upon appropriation of special fund moneys, including, but not limited to, private funds,  by the Legislature  for these purposes, the department shall conduct research relating to climate forecasting  improving the accuracy of forecasting atmospheric river events  and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, and shall take all actions within its existing authority to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers, thereby increasing water supply, hydropower availability, and the reliability of water resources in the state.
(c) The sum of nine million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($9,250,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the department in the 2019–20 fiscal year to operate the program established by this section.