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AB 2518

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Voluntary stream restoration landowner liability.


Existing law prohibits an entity from substantially diverting or obstructing the natural flow of, or substantially changing or using any material from the bed, channel, or bank of, any river, stream, or lake, or from depositing certain material where it may pass into any river, stream, or lake, without first notifying the Department of Fish and Wildlife of that project, and entering into a lake or streambed alteration agreement if required by the department to protect fish and wildlife resources. Existing law authorizes a habitat restoration or enhancement project proponent to submit a written request for approval of the project to the Director of Fish and Wildlife. Existing law requires the director to approve the project if the written request includes certain information, as specified, and provides for an alternate authorization process by the State Water Resources Control Board. This bill would exempt a landowner who voluntarily allows land to be used for such a project to restore fish and wildlife habitat from civil liability for property damage or personal injury resulting from the project if the project is funded, at least in part, by a state or federal agency that promotes or encourages riparian habitat restoration, unless the property damage or personal injury is caused by willful, intentional, or reckless conduct of the landowner or by a design, construction, operation, or maintenance activity performed by the landowner.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Jim Wood

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 2


No votes to display


Apr 06, 2020


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Mar 17, 2020


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Feb 27, 2020


Referred to Com. on W., P., & W.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on W., P., & W.

Feb 20, 2020


From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.

Feb 19, 2020


Read first time. To print.

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