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DIVISION 46. California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 [80000 - 80173]

  ( Heading of Division 46 renumbered from Division 45 (as added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3) by Stats. 2019, Ch. 497, Sec. 236. )

CHAPTER 4. Restoring California’s Natural, Historic, and Cultural Legacy [80070 - 80077]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. )

80070.
  

The sum of two hundred eighteen million dollars ($218,000,000) shall be available to the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for restoration, preservation, and protection of existing state park facilities and units. Eligible project types include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) Protection of natural resources to provide climate resilience, water supply, and water quality benefits.

(b) Enhancement of access to state park facilities and units, including protection and improvement of lands adjacent to state park facilities to improve access or management efficiency.

(c) The provision of low-cost overnight accommodations in ways that enhance access and recreational opportunities for disadvantaged community residents and low-income park visitors.

(d) Implementation of projects that address the department’s backlog of deferred maintenance.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80071.
  

The department, in expending the funding available under this chapter, shall endeavor, where practical, to partner with cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, and nongovernmental organizations to maximize leveraging opportunities to enhance tourism, visitation, and visitor experiences.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80072.
  

Of the amount made available pursuant to Section 80070, ten million dollars ($10,000,000) shall be available for enterprise projects that facilitate new or enhanced park use and user experiences and increase revenue generation to support operations of the department.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80073.
  

(a) Of the amount made available pursuant to Section 80070, five million dollars ($5,000,000) shall be available for grants to local agencies that operate a unit of the state park system to address urgent need for the restoration of aging infrastructure.

(b) For the purpose of awarding a grant under this section, a local cost share of not less than 25 percent of the total costs of the project shall be required. The cost-sharing requirement may be waived or reduced for a disadvantaged community.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80074.
  

Of the amount made available pursuant to Section 80070, eighteen million dollars ($18,000,000) shall be available to the Division of Fairs and Expositions of the Department of Food and Agriculture to provide for facility improvements for county fairs, district agricultural associations, including the Sixth District Agricultural Association, as described in Section 4101 of the Food and Agricultural Code, and the Forty-Fifth District Agricultural Association, citrus fruit fairs, and the California Exposition and State Fair.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80075.
  

Of the amount made available pursuant to Section 80070, thirty million dollars ($30,000,000) shall be available to the department to provide for lower cost coastal accommodation project development in units of the state park system.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80076.
  

Of the amount made available pursuant to Section 80070, not less than twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) shall be available to the department for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of the natural resource values of the state park system, which may include all of the following:

(a) Protection and improvement of water quality and biological health in streams, aquifers, and estuarine ecosystems.

(b) Protection and restoration of natural resources and ecosystems representative of California’s diverse landscapes, including landform, habitat, and biological community restoration.

(c) Acquisition, rehabilitation, restoration, protection, and expansion of wildlife corridors, including projects to improve connectivity and reduce barriers between habitat areas.

(d) Improvements of native ecosystem resilience and adaptation to climate change.

(e) Enhancement of the health of redwood forests in order to accelerate old growth characteristics, maximize carbon sequestration, improve water quality, and build climate resilience.

(f) Protection and enhancement of tribal cultural resources.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

80077.
  

(a) In expending funds made available pursuant to Section 80070, and giving first priority to the department’s criteria for expenditure of funds for deferred maintenance including infrastructure needs to protect public safety, the department shall use best efforts to expend at least ten million dollars ($10,000,000) in each of the following regions for state park units and properties deferred maintenance projects and projects that may increase tourism and visitor experiences in those regions:

(1) Central Valley, from the City of Sacramento to the base of the Tehachapi Mountains.

(2) Central Coast.

(3) East Bay.

(4) County of Imperial and the Coachella Valley.

(5) Inland Empire.

(b) To the extent the department is unable to allocate funds for parks deferred maintenance in the regions identified in this section, it shall report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on the reasons it is unable to do so.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 852, Sec. 3. Approved in Proposition 68 at the June 5, 2018, election.)

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