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DIVISION 5. FLOOD CONTROL [8000 - 9651]

  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369. )

PART 4. THE CENTRAL VALLEY FLOOD PROTECTION BOARD [8520 - 9142]

  ( Heading of Part 4 amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 366, Sec. 6. )

CHAPTER 1. Definitions and General Provisions [8520 - 8539]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369. )

ARTICLE 2. General Provisions [8525 - 8539]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369. )

8525.
  

The report of the California Debris Commission transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States by the Secretary of War on June 27, 1911, as modified by the report of the California Debris Commission, dated January 5, 1925, and as heretofore amended or modified by the board, is approved as a plan for controlling the flood water of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries, for the improvement and preservation of navigation and the reclamation and protection of lands that are susceptible to overflow from the rivers and their tributaries.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8526.
  

The board in conjunction with the California Debris Commission shall execute the plan approved by this chapter, and the board may make such modifications and amendments to the plan as are necessary to execute the plan for the purpose stated.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8527.
  

For the purpose of cooperating in the carrying out and completion of the plan approved in Section 8525, and on condition that the United States will likewise cooperate in the carrying out of the plan and, to that end, will appropriate and make available to the extent that it has not already done so, substantially the same amount as the State as recommended in the plan, appropriations will be made by the State from time to time by law, which, together with amounts heretofore appropriated by the State in aid of the plan, will not exceed in the aggregate seventeen million seven hundred thousand dollars ($17,700,000).

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8528.
  

The intent of the next preceding section is to provide for substantially equal contributions by the United States, the State and local interests to the total cost of carrying out the plan, it being recognized that certain local interests have become obligated in excess of one-third of the total cost of the plan.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8529.
  

All money appropriated under authority of Section 8527 shall be expended in accordance with the plans, specifications and recommendations of the California Debris Commission and the board for purposes in general conformity with the plan approved in Section 8525, including expenditures and appropriations to make such equitable adjustments as the Legislature may determine with such local interests as have obligated themselves in excess of their shares of one-third of the total cost of the plan, and including necessary expenditures for operation and maintenance during construction.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8530.
  

The board shall have control and jurisdiction over the plans of the California Debris Commission and such other plans as may be adopted by the board, excepting such portions of the plans as relate to channel excavating, enlargement, rectification and control in the Sacramento River and the construction of weirs.

All work and control in the Sacramento River and the construction of weirs shall remain concurrently with the United States and the State.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8531.
  

The Statutes of California as existing on April 1, 1923, shall be observed and followed:

(a) In all plans, hearings, notices and proceedings relating to the maintenance, repair and operation of reclamation and flood control works existing on April 1, 1923.

(b) In the completion, maintenance and operation of any project adopted by the board prior to April 1, 1923.

(c) In the adoption and carrying to completion of any project of work contained or involved in the report of the California Debris Commission dated January 5, 1925.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8532.
  

The State has a primary interest in adequately protecting lands overflowed, or subject to overflow, in confining the waters of rivers, tributaries, by-passes and overflow channels and basins within their respective basins and boundaries within the district, and in preserving the welfare of the residents and holders of land therein.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8533.
  

The State has a primary and supreme interest in having erected, maintained and protected on the banks of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, their tributaries, by-passes, overflow channels and basins, good and sufficient levees and embankments or other works of reclamation, adequately protecting the lands overflowed or subject to overflow, and confining the waters of the rivers, tributaries, by-passes, overflow channels, and basins within their respective channels and boundaries.

(Added by stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8534.
  

The board at all times shall enforce on behalf of the State the erection, maintenance and protection of such levees, embankments and channel rectification as will, in its judgment, best serve the interests of the State.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8535.
  

Consistent with Section 3 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution, the board, after holding at least one public hearing, may set and charge fees sufficient to cover the reasonable cost for the services it provides in carrying out its duties set forth in Sections 8502 and 8534, including, but not limited to, the issuance of and modifications to encroachment permits, inspections and enforcement of encroachments, and management and control of Sacramento and San Joaquin Drainage District property.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 26, Sec. 95. (SB 92) Effective June 27, 2017.)

8536.
  

The board has no power, jurisdiction, authority or control over the construction, operation or maintenance of the Central Valley Project or any part of it.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8538.
  

No county or public officer shall charge or receive any fee for any of the services required to be performed by him under the provisions of this part, but any reasonable and necessary expense actually incurred by any officer in carrying out any of the provisions of this part relating in any manner to the collection or enforcement of any assessment, shall be paid out of the funds of the drainage district applicable thereto.

(Added by Stats. 1943, Ch. 369.)

8539.
  

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that there is an urgent need for channel clearing and desnagging in many California waterways, and that these snags pose a severe danger and cause unnecessary erosion of banks.

The board, other state agencies, cities, counties, and districts are hereby authorized to cooperate with one another and with agencies of the United States in the performance of channel clearing and desnagging work within the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries, and may furnish money, services, equipment, and other property to that end. The board, as appropriate, shall consult with the Department of Water Resources, the State Lands Commission, and the Department of Fish and Game in carrying out its responsibilities pursuant to this section.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 795, Sec. 1. Effective September 8, 1982.)

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