Today's Law As Amended


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AB-637 State Water Resources Control Board: disadvantaged communities: drinking water.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 186.5 is added to the Water Code, to read:

186.5.
 (a) Before taking an action that significantly impacts drinking water, the board shall use existing information such as CalEnviroScreen to identify impacted disadvantaged communities and shall seek to reduce impacts to those communities to the greatest extent practicable and as permitted by law.
(b) When making a decision that significantly impacts drinking water and when not otherwise required by law or regulation, the board shall ensure that disadvantaged communities, such as those identified by CalEnviroScreen, are provided an opportunity to participate in the public process for a decision that significantly impacts drinking water by holding a public hearing in or near an impacted community.