The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Clean beaches, clean water, and healthy watersheds are necessary to support both
human communities and the state's native fish and wildlife, and are part of the legacy
of California. Each generation has an obligation to be good stewards of those resources in order
to pass them on to their children.
(b) California's 1,100-mile coastline is world-renowned. Coastal-related businesses provide seventeen billion dollars ($17,000,000,000) annually
to the state's economy and depend on the restoration and health maintenance of beaches.
(c) Clean water is essential to the state's communities and economy.
(d) Watershed management is a valuable approach to meeting comprehensive resource
management and water quality objectives. Watersheds provide a useful, natural unit to integrate and coordinate the many natural
resource functions of state agencies.
(e) Multiple state entities within the California Environmental Protection Agency
and the Resources Agency are currently administering programs that provide technical
assistance or financial support for various aspects of watershed management or restoration. Hundreds of watershed partnerships exist in the state, dedicated to the restoration
and management of the state's streams, rivers, and lands, and the use of watershed
management principles and practices. Coordinated watershed management implementation is crucial to addressing critical
problems and the efficient use of public funds. The California Environmental Protection Agency and the Resources Agency are developing
a strategic plan for fully integrated watershed investments.
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