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AB-638 Department of Water Resources: water storage: climate change impacts.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 10004.7 is added to the Water Code, to read:

 (a) As part of the update to the California Water Plan every five years pursuant to Section 10004, the department, in collaboration with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 10004, shall identify water storage facilities vulnerable to climate change impacts, and shall quantify potential impacts to specific facilities, where possible, or at regional levels where greater detail is not possible. The department shall identify mitigation strategies for anticipated adverse impacts.
(b) For purposes of this section, water storage facilities shall include, but are not limited to, both of the following:
(1) Aboveground water storage, including surface water storage and naturally occurring aboveground water storage, such as the Sierra Nevada snowpack.
(2) Below-ground water storage and naturally occurring below-ground water storage consistent with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (Part 2.74 (commencing with Section 10720)).
(c) The department shall provide a copy of the information identified by the department pursuant to subdivision (a) to all of the following:
(1) The appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.
(2) The Natural Resources Agency for use in the next update of the state’s climate adaptation strategy pursuant to Section 71153 of the Public Resources Code.
(3) The Office of Planning and Research to be considered for inclusion in the clearinghouse for climate adaptation information established pursuant to Section 71360 of the Public Resources Code and any other relevant program activities of the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program established pursuant to Part 4.5 (commencing with Section 71350) of Division 34 of the Public Resources Code.
(d) For purposes of the information provided pursuant to subdivision (a) on or before December 31, 2023, the department shall identify information about watersheds and groundwater basins available at the time and shall also identify what information regarding other watersheds, groundwater basins, or hydrologic basins the department intends to develop or acquire for use in the update to the California Water Plan on or before December 31, 2028, pursuant to Section 10004.
(e) Subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute for this purpose, the department shall mitigate, or make grants available for the mitigation of, adverse impacts to water storage facilities caused by climate change, with priority given to water storage facilities serving disadvantaged communities and communities that lack an adequate supply of safe drinking water.