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School Construction, SDE: Powers and Duties   

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(a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:

(1) The Department of Water Resources, pursuant to Division 3 (commencing with Section 6000) of the Water Code, exercises regulatory control over dam safety in the State of California.

(2) The department approves all plans and specifications, certifies that any dam is safe to impound water, periodically inspects all dams for the continuing safety of all impounding structures, and may revoke any certification allowing impoundment of water if it is determined that the dam is a danger to life and property.

(b) If the Department of Water Resources has asserted and continues to exercise its regulatory control over the Domenigoni Valley Reservoir Project, the State Department of Education, when evaluating schoolsites, shall not require mitigation related to potential dam breach inundation of the Domenigoni Valley Reservoir Project.

(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 277, Sec. 3. Operative January 1, 1998.)