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  ( Heading of Division 6 amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932. )


  ( Part 6 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 196. )

CHAPTER 3. Financing of Projects [12800 - 12832]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 196. )

ARTICLE 2. Extent and Method of Allocations [12825 - 12832]
  ( Heading of Article 2 renumbered from Article 3 by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1285. )


When the United States makes funds available on or after March 12, 1946, for the construction of any flood control project either adopted and authorized by Chapters 1 and 2 of this part or by subsequent legislation, any public agency affected may request the department to investigate and report to the Legislature as to the date state funds should be allocated to pay the cost of cooperation by the State with the United States for the project and the estimated amount.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)


(a) No money appropriated for flood control projects shall be allocated for the purchase of lands, easements, and rights-of-way necessary for multiple purpose dams or reservoirs constructed by the United States, and authorized by the Legislature prior to January 1, 1987, except the projects on the Fresno and Merced County Stream Groups.

(b) For projects involving dams or reservoirs authorized by the Legislature after January 1, 1987, the state shall pay for the costs of the flood control components of the project as specified in Section 12585.5.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1251, Sec. 4.)


As to projects other than those approved and authorized by the Legislature, the department shall make its determination in the manner provided by Chapters 1 and 2 of this part.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)


Except where the co-operation required by the United States in addition to the costs of all lands, easements, and rights-of-way, has been authorized to be assumed by the State prior to March 12, 1946, the department shall not reallocate the funds allocated to it, nor shall the Reclamation Board expend any funds appropriated directly to it, for acquisition of property rights or contributions to the United States, for any project for which the Reclamation Board is directed to give assurances to the United States unless and until a public agency other than the Reclamation Board has either assumed the obligations of maintenance and holding the United States harmless from damages due to the construction of works, directly with the United States, or has by binding agreement with the Reclamation Board agreed to assume such obligations and to hold the State and the Reclamation Board harmless from any claims therefor.

This section is not intended to prevent the expenditure of project funds by the Reclamation Board for planning and design engineering, title reports and appraisals, and other incidental expenses required in advance of actual acquisition of property rights.

(Amended by Stats. 1963, Ch. 520.)


Money allocated to the department for flood control projects shall be reallocated to public agencies upon order of the department after application therefor has been made to it by such agencies showing the necessity, purpose and use to be made of the money or by the showing that such agencies have made necessary advances or incurred obligations for the purpose of expediting projects for which the allocation is made and giving such other information as the department may require. Expenditures of the reallocated sums shall be reported to the department as and when required by it. The reports shall give such information as it may require.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1285.)


The department may refuse to make any order for the reallocation of any of the funds if the provisions of this chapter are violated.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 745, Sec. 230.7. Effective October 12, 2001.)


The department shall submit to the Controller all approved local agency claims for reimbursement allocations for flood control projects within 90 days of receipt of the claim.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1378, Sec. 1. Effective September 26, 1984.)


The Controller shall perform an audit of projects completed pursuant to this chapter within nine months after the claim is received by the department. If the Controller is unable to perform the audit within nine months after the claim is submitted by a local agency, the department shall pay at least 90 percent of the claim subject to completion of the audit by the Controller.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1378, Sec. 2. Effective September 26, 1984.)

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