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Water Code - WAT

DIVISION 1. GENERAL STATE POWERS OVER WATER [100 - 540]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 368. )

CHAPTER 2.5. Miscellaneous Powers of Department [205 - 347]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2.5 added by Stats. 1956, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 52. )

ARTICLE 2.5. Acquisition and Disposal of Property [250 - 260]
  ( Article 2.5 added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 2104. )

250.
  

In the name of the people of the State of California, the department may acquire by eminent domain any property necessary for state water and dam purposes. The department shall not commence any such proceeding in eminent domain unless the project for which the property is being acquired has been authorized and funds are available therefor.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1239.)

252.
  

Subject to Sections 1240.670 and 1240.680 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the real property which the department may acquire by eminent domain, or otherwise, includes any property dedicated to park purposes, however it may have been dedicated.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1239.)

253.
  

The department may acquire, either in fee or in any lesser estate or interest, any real property which it considers necessary for state water and dam purposes. Real property for such purposes includes, but is not limited to, real property considered necessary for any of the following purposes:

(a) For rights of way.

(b) For the purposes of exchanging the same for other real property to be used for rights of way.

(c) For rock quarries, gravel pits, or sand or earth borrow pits.

(d) For offices, shops, or storage yards.

(e) For parks adjoining or near any state dam or water facility.

(f) For the culture and support of trees which benefit any state dam or water facility by aiding in the maintenance and preservation of the facility.

(g) For drainage in connection with any state dam or water facility.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 2104.)

257.
  

The director may execute all deeds or conveyances necessary to convey any real property or interest therein to be sold or exchanged under the provisions of this code. He may insert in any such deed or conveyance such conditions, covenants, exceptions and reservations as in his opinion are in the public interest or may convey in fee simple absolute. All statutes relating to state lands or to reservations of minerals therein or to reservations of rights to prospect for or mine or remove such minerals are inapplicable to lands heretofore or hereafter acquired by the State or conveyed by the State pursuant to the provisions of this code or pursuant to the provisions of previously existing statutes codified in this code, and no such statute in respect to state lands hereafter enacted shall be applicable thereto unless the Legislature expressly so declares.

It shall be conclusively presumed in favor of any purchaser for value and without notice of any real property or interest therein conveyed pursuant to the provisions of this code that the department acted within its lawful authority in acquiring the property, and that the director acted within his lawful authority in executing any deed or conveyance or lease authorized by this code.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 2104.)

258.
  

The authority conferred by this code to acquire real property for state dam and water purposes includes authority to acquire for future needs. The department is authorized to lease any lands which are held for state dam and water purposes and are not presently needed therefor on such terms and conditions as the director may fix and to maintain and care for such property in order to secure rent therefrom.

(Added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 2104.)

259.
  

When the department condemns the property of any common carrier railroad, other public utility, or state agency, or the appurtenances thereof, it shall be governed by Article 3 (commencing with Section 11590) of Chapter 6 of Part 3 of Division 6.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 142, Sec. 175.)

260.
  

In any lease, easement, or right of entry agreement entered into whereby the department leases real property or obtains a grant of easement, right-of-way, or right of entry in real property for the purpose of exploration for, or construction, operation, or maintenance of, water projects, or for other investigations or data collection, the department may agree to indemnify and hold harmless the lessor or grantor and may agree to repair or pay for any damage caused by reason of the uses authorized by such lease, easement, right-of-way, or right of entry. Insurance may be purchased by the Department of General Services, upon request of the department, to protect the department against loss or expense arising out of such a lease, easement, right-of-way, or right of entry.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1305.)

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