Governor Brown Signs Water Legislation


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a package of bills to help expand access to clean drinking water in California.

The Governor signed the following bills today:

• AB 21 by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) – Creates the Safe Drinking Water Small Community Emergency Grant Fund which would be administered by the Department of Public Health.

• AB 30 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Removes the sunset date for the Small Community Grant Fund, which provides grants to small communities for the construction of wastewater collection, treatment, or disposal projects.

• AB 115 by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) – Authorizes the eligibility of multi-agency Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund applications or applications submitted by a legal entity on behalf of a community, as specified.

• AB 118 by the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials – Declares certain water systems serving a severely disadvantaged community as eligible for a grant instead of a loan from the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

• AB 120 by the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials – Allows school districts to apply for reimbursement from the School Districts Account within the Underground Storage Tank Clean-up Fund by adjusting the underground storage tank permit requirements.

• AB 240 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) – Requires mutual water companies to comply with open meeting, public record, and budget requirements and allows them to impose liens to collect unpaid charges. Allows the Water Replenishment District of Southern California to receive specified Department of Public Health grants to improve drinking water infrastructure in communities served by mutual water companies in the City of Maywood. A signing message can be found here.

• AB 426 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Allows the State Water Resources Control Board to approve a water transfer involving any water right determined through a statutory adjudication by eliminating the requirement that only those decreed after January 1, 1981 are eligible.

• AB 803 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) – Modifies the State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards regulation of recycled water.

• AB 850 by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) – Authorizes joint powers authorities to issue rate reduction bonds to finance publicly owned utility projects until December 31, 2020. The bonds would be secured by utility project property and repaid through a separate utility project charge imposed on the utility customers’ bills.

• SB 322 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Requires by December 31, 2016, the Department of Public Health in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, to investigate the feasibility of developing uniform water recycling criteria for direct potable reuse, to provide a final report on that investigation to the Legislature no later than December 31, 2016; and requires the Department to complete the public review draft of its report by September 1, 2016. A signing message can be found here.

• SB 620 by Senator Roderick D. Wright (D-Los Angeles) – Amends state laws governing water replenishment districts’ annual budget reserves and the penalties a water replenishment district can impose on water-producing facility operators.

• SB 753 by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) – Provides the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, with new and clarified authorities for addressing unauthorized and unforthcoming structures built in or on levees or other areas of the flood control system which are under the jurisdiction of the Board.

• SB 763 by Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) – Extends the sunset date on the Replacing, Removing, and Upgrading Tanks (RUST) Program, changes the interest rate on RUST loans, reduces the share of funds that may be used for RUST grants, and transfers $8 million from the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund to the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financing Account to finance RUST loans and grants.

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