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DIVISION 13. CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS [34000 - 38501]

  ( Division 13 added by Stats. 1951, Ch. 390. )

PART 8.2. Paso Robles Basin Water District [37900 - 37969]

  ( Part 8.2 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 3. Groundwater Management Authority [37920 - 37931]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. )

37920.
  

All powers in this part are subject to review and approval by the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission, upon formation, change of organization, or reorganization under the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (Division 3 (commencing with Section 56000) of Title 5 of the Government Code).

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37921.
  

The board may adopt ordinances for the purpose of regulating, conserving, managing, and controlling the use and extraction of groundwater within the territory of the district. All ordinances shall be adopted, after noticed public hearings by a majority vote of the board. Notice of the adoption of all ordinances shall be given. The ordinances of the district shall become effective on the 31st day after adoption except that the board may, by the vote of at least seven members of the board, dispense with notice of public hearing and adopt an emergency ordinance that shall become effective immediately upon adoption, if the board determines that the public health, safety, or welfare so requires.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 269, Sec. 42. (SB 184) Effective January 1, 2016.)

37922.
  

Any person who intentionally violates any provision of this act or any district ordinance shall be guilty of an infraction and may be required to pay a fine to the district not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37923.
  

Any person who negligently or intentionally violates any provision of this act or any district ordinance may also be liable civilly to the district for a sum not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) per day for each day of violation, in addition to any other penalties that may be prescribed by law.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37924.
  

Upon the failure of any person to comply with any provision of this act or any district ordinance, the district may petition the superior court for a temporary restraining order, preliminary or permanent injunction, or other equitable relief as may be appropriate. The right to petition for injunctive relief is an additional right to those that may be provided elsewhere in this act or otherwise allowed by law.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37925.
  

The district may petition the superior court of the county to recover any sums due the district. In order to preserve and manage the groundwater resources within its territory, the district may also commence, maintain, intervene in, defend, compromise, and assume the costs and expenses of legal actions and administrative proceedings now or hereafter begun involving groundwater, including, but not limited to, groundwater rights adjudication.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37926.
  

The district may contract with the county, the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, or other local district for staff and other services and may hire other contractors and consultants as it considers appropriate.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37927.
  

The district may exclude from any of the requirements of this act, or the operation of any ordinance, any operator who extracts less than a minimum amount of groundwater as specified by ordinance adopted by the board.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37928.
  

The district may collect data and conduct technical and other investigations deemed necessary in order to carry out the provisions of this act. All hydrological investigations and studies carried out by or on behalf of the district shall be conducted by or under the supervision of licensed engineers or other persons qualified in groundwater geology or hydrology.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37929.
  

The district may prepare annually or receive reports on groundwater and supplemental water supplies and conditions in the territory of the district, including groundwater management and conjunctive use objectives and a plan for implementation of those objectives.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37930.
  

The district may recommend and encourage wastewater reuse and other water development projects, if those projects will enhance and contribute to the responsible management of groundwater resources, as part of its annual plan for implementation of groundwater management objectives.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

37931.
  

In addition to the powers identified here, the district shall have the authority afforded to local agencies as provided in Part 2.75 (commencing with Section 10750) of Division 6 as that part may be amended, consistent with the requirements and limitations of applicable law.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 350, Sec. 1. (AB 2453) Effective January 1, 2015.)

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