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Fish and Game Code - FGC

DIVISION 6. FISH [5500 - 9101]

  ( Division 6 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

PART 1. GENERALLY [5500 - 6930]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

CHAPTER 3. Dams, Conduits, and Screens [5900 - 6100]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

ARTICLE 3. Conduits and Screens: Diversions Over 250 Cubic Feet per Second [5980 - 5993]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

5980.
  

This article shall apply only to conduits described in Section 5987, and conduits with a maximum flow capacity over 250 cubic feet per second of water.

In classifying conduits it is recognized that those involving the passage of water through power devices and those of large size tend to destroy fish in a greater degree than conduits of smaller size or different type.

If this section is for any reason held to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this article.

The Legislature hereby declares that the persons owning conduits referred to in this section shall be subject to the provisions of this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5981.
  

The department shall examine all conduits; and order the owner of a conduit to install, and it is the duty of such an owner to install, a screen on the conduit when, in the opinion of the department, a screen is necessary to prevent fish from passing into the conduit.

Except as provided in Sections 5987, 5988 and 5989, one-half of the expense of constructing or installing a screen shall be paid by the owner of a conduit and one-half by the department.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5982.
  

An order to install a screen shall be in writing, and shall specify the type, size, mesh, material and location of the screen, the time within which the screen shall be installed, and an estimate of the expense of installing the screen.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5983.
  

When an order is made to install a screen, the department shall pay the owner of the conduit upon whom the order is served one-half of the estimated expense of the construction or installation of the screen.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5984.
  

If the expense of constructing or installing a screen exceeds the estimated expense the department shall, upon written notification by the owner of the conduit, inspect the screen, and pay to the owner one-half of the amount estimated to be necessary to complete the construction or installation of the screen.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5985.
  

The owner of the conduit shall, within 10 days after completing the installation of the screen, return to the department any surplus money advanced by the department pursuant to this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5986.
  

All money paid by the department to the owner of a conduit pursuant to this article shall be paid out of the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5987.
  

The department shall not pay one-half of the expense of the construction and installation of any screen as provided in Sections 5981, 5983, and 5984 to any person engaged in producing, generating, transmitting, delivering, or furnishing electricity for light, heat or power.

If this section is for any reason held to be unconstitutional, the decision shall not affect the validity of Section 5981, 5983 or 5984, and the Legislature hereby declares that the persons mentioned in this section shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 5981, 5983 and 5984.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5988.
  

When a screen has been installed, the owner may, by written notice within 90 days after such installation, request the department to inspect the screen for the purpose of accepting it. Thereupon it is the duty of the department to inspect the screen, and if it has been installed in accordance with the order and plans and specifications agreed upon by the department and the owner as provided in Section 5992 or approved by the Department of Water Resources the department shall accept and approve the screen in writing. If, upon such inspection it appears that the screen has not been constructed and installed in accordance with such plans and specifications, the department shall, within 60 days after such inspection, notify the owner of any deviation from the order. Thereupon such deviation may be remedied within 90 days, and a further inspection requested.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5989.
  

After acceptance, should the screen fail to function in an efficient manner, no changes in conditions affecting its operation having occurred subsequent to the acceptance of the screen, the owner shall not be required to install a new screen. However, the department may install another screen at the sole cost and expense of the department of a type, size, mesh, and at a location agreed upon by the department and the owner, or approved by the Department of Water Resources, as provided in Section 5992 of this code.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5990.
  

It is unlawful for the owner of a conduit to refuse, fail, or neglect to install a screen in compliance with an order from the department or to permit the screen to be removed or taken out of place, except for repairs or cleaning while water is running in the conduit.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5991.
  

In lieu of the department’s ordering the owner to install a screen the department may, at its option, elect to construct and install the screen itself, in which event the type, size, mesh, and location of the screen and the time within which it shall be installed shall be determined as provided by Section 5992 of this code.

When the department elects to construct and install a screen, one-half of the cost of construction and installation shall be paid by the owner.

The department may pay the entire cost of the construction and installation of a screen from the Fish and Game Preservation Fund, in which case it shall, upon completion of the screen, notify the owner of the amount of one-half of the cost, and the owner shall, within 30 days thereafter, remit that amount to the department.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5992.
  

Any screen installed under any of the provisions of this article shall be reasonably adequate to prevent fish from passing into the conduit and not unnecessarily impede the flow of water or prevent the owner from diverting the amount of water he is legally entitled to divert.

The type, size, mesh, and location of the screen and the time within which it shall be installed shall be mutually agreed upon by the department and the owner of the conduit. In the event the department and the owner of the conduit cannot agree upon the type, size, mesh, and location of the screen and the time within which it shall be installed, such matters shall be submitted for determination to the Department of Water Resources whose decision thereon shall be final and conclusive.

If the owner and the department fail to agree upon the type, size, mesh, location, and time of installation of the screen within 60 days from the first submission of proposed plans and specifications by the department to the owner, either the department or the owner may submit such matters, in writing to the Department of Water Resources for final and conclusive decision, and it shall, within 60 days from such reference, render its decision in writing determining such matters.

The department shall maintain and keep the screen in repair, and shall quarterly notify the owner in writing of the cost thereof, and the owner shall within 30 days thereafter remit to the department an amount equal to one-half of such cost.

The owner shall operate and keep free from debris any screen installed, and shall quarterly notify the department in writing of the cost thereof, and the department shall within 30 days thereafter remit to the owner an amount equal to one-half of such cost.

(Enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456.)

5993.
  

Before the installation of any screen under the provisions of this article, the department and the owner shall enter into an agreement defining the method of determining the cost of maintenance, repairs, operation, and keeping the screen free of debris, which agreement shall provide that in the event either the department or the owner objects to such cost the matter shall be referred to the Director of General Services for his final and conclusive decision.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)

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