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

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Date Published: 02/13/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 557


Introduced by Assembly Member Wood
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry)

February 13, 2019


An act to amend Section 347 of the Water Code, relating to climate change, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 557, as introduced, Wood. Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program.
Existing law establishes the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources. Existing law requires the department, upon an appropriation for purposes of the program, to research climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.
This bill would appropriate $9,250,000 from the General Fund to the department in the 2019–20 fiscal year to operate the program.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


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.