SACRAMENTO (May 17, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 2509 was passed with unanimous support on the Assembly Floor today. This bill allows for an exemption in the State Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), specifically allowing for the excavation or grading of lands affected by a flood or natural disaster.
"In times of excessive flows, vast deposits of debris, silt and snags clog our critical flood control facilities such as bypasses," said Nielsen. "AB 2509 is a common sense, public safety bill that ensures our flood control channels can retain capacity to prevent levee breaks and flooding."
This bill also specifies that excess soil caused by these high flows can be removed and sold by land owners to offset costs associated with returning the land to its productive condition prior to such flooding or natural disaster.
"I am grateful to Assemblyman Nielsen for introducing this bill and Sutter County looks forward to seeing this legislation continue through the process," said James Gallagher, Sutter County Supervisor. "This bill ensures the Sutter bypass remains viable for the dual goal of agricultural production and flood protection."
AB 2509 now moves to the State Senate where it will be referred for consideration by a policy committee in the coming weeks.