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DIVISION 3. DAMS AND RESERVOIRS [6000 - 6612]

  ( Heading of Division 3 amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225. )

PART 1. SUPERVISION OF DAMS AND RESERVOIRS [6000 - 6470]

  ( Heading of Part 1 amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225. )

CHAPTER 10. Dams and Reservoirs Under State Supervision Through 1965 Revisions of Part 1 [6455 - 6470]

  ( Chapter 10 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225. )

ARTICLE 1. Dams and Reservoirs Completed Before 1965 Revisions [6455 - 6461]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225. )

6455.
  

Every owner of a dam or reservoir that falls within the definition of a dam or reservoir in this part by virtue of the amendment of Section 6002 or the addition of Section 6004.5 at the 1965 Regular Session of the Legislature and that was completed prior to September 17, 1965, shall immediately file an application with the department for the approval of such dam or reservoir; provided that this Chapter 10 shall not apply to any reservoir which contains the water impounded by a dam for which a certificate of approval is in effect on September 17, 1965.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

6456.
  

A separate application shall be made for each dam or reservoir and shall be filed with the department upon forms to be supplied by it and shall include or be accompanied by such appropriate information concerning the dam or reservoir as the department requires.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

6457.
  

The department shall give notice to file an application to owners of such dams or reservoirs who have failed to do so as required by this article, and a failure to file within 30 days after such notice shall be punishable as provided in this part.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

6458.
  

The notice provided for in this article may be given by registered or certified mail and a return receipt signed by the owner shall constitute prima facie evidence of service.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

6459.
  

The department shall make inspections of such dams or reservoirs at state expense.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

6460.
  

The department shall require owners of such dams or reservoirs to perform at their expense such work or tests as necessary to disclose information sufficient to enable the department to determine whether to issue certificates of approval or to issue orders directing further work at the owner’s expense necessary to safeguard life and property. For this purpose, the department may require an owner to lower the water level of, or to empty, the reservoir.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

6461.
  

If, upon inspection or upon completion to the satisfaction of the department of all work that may be ordered, the department finds that the dam or reservoir is safe to impound water, a certificate of approval shall be issued. The owner of the dam or reservoir shall not, through action or inaction, cause the dam or reservoir to impound water following receipt by the owner of a written notice from the department that a certificate will not be issued because the dam or reservoir will not safely impound water. Before such notice is given by the department, the department shall hold a hearing. Written notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be mailed at least 20 days prior to the date set for the hearing, to the owner of the dam or reservoir. Any interested persons may appear at the hearing and present their views and objections to the proposed action. Any petition for a writ of mandate to inquire into the validity of the action of the department shall be commenced within 30 days after receipt by the owner of a written notice from the department that a certificate of approval will not be issued.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1225.)

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