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  ( 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 7. Recreation [345 - 346]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1958, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 101. )


The Department of Water Resources shall (a) plan recreation development associated with state-constructed water projects in consultation with local public agencies and affected state and federal agencies, (b) thereafter acquire land necessary to implement and execute plans for such development pursuant to specific legislative authorization. Such authorization shall specify to what extent, if any, the power of eminent domain may be used.

It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Legislature, in enacting this section, that no water resources development funds will be appropriated for the purpose of acquiring land for recreation development associated with state-constructed water projects, exclusive of land required for storage and conservation of water for such projects.

In carrying out its duties under this section, the Department of Water Resources may enter into contracts, leases, and agreements with other state agencies, the federal government, local public agencies, and persons; and the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Parks and Recreation and all other affected state and local agencies shall cooperate with the Department of Water Resources to that end.

(Amended by Stats. 1970, Ch. 254.)


Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 345, the department, with the approval of the Department of General Services, may acquire by eminent domain or otherwise, either in fee or in any lesser estate or interest, any real property for recreational development associated with state-constructed water projects. Any funds, including but not limited to water resources development funds, heretofore or hereafter appropriated to the department for the acquisition of rights-of-way, easements, and property, may be used to carry out the purposes of this section.

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

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