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Inventory of the California State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Records
LP169:166-201, LP200:152-165, LP202:171, LP208:88-268, LP231:236-240, LP247:123-174, LP259:222-233, LP260:1-41, LP300, LP361  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Committee History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections at the California State Archives

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Records
    Dates: 1976-2002
    Collection number: LP169:166-201, LP200:152-165, LP202:171, LP208:88-268, LP231:236-240, LP247:123-174, LP259:222-233, LP260:1-41, LP300, LP361
    Creator: California State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
    Collection Size: 48 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Records consist of 48 cubic feet of records detailing the activity of the committee in evaluating legislation and policy related to California water resources, flood management, fish and game, parks and recreation, and wildlife. The records cover the years 1976 to 2002.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Californa State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Records, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee records according to state law.

    Committee History

    Assembly member Eugene T. Gualco authored House Resolution (HR) 31, which was introduced in 1977 on June 15th and adopted on June 24th. At this time, the Assembly Committee on Water widened its scope to become the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Gualco was chairman of both the former and latter committees and membership remained the same after the transition. HR 31 established the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife as one of nineteen Assembly standing committees and eighteen Assembly investigating committees.
    The number of members making up the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife has risen and fallen over the years. In 1977, the seven members of the Assembly Committee on Water became the seven members of the newly created Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. In 1978, the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife again had seven members. The committee was made up of nine members from 1979 to 1982. Between 1983 and 2002, the number of committee members fluctuated between eleven and seventeen.
    The primary jurisdiction of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife is water resources, flood management, fish and game, parks and recreation, and wildlife.
    The chairpersons of this committee from 1977 to 2002 were:
    Gualco, Eugene T., (Dem.), 1977-1978
    Kapiloff, Lawrence, (Dem.), 1979-1980
    Waters, Norman S., (Dem.), 1981-1982
    Costa, Jim, (Dem.), 1983-1990
    Cortese, Dominic, (Dem.), 1991-1995
    Cortese, Dominic, (Reform), 1996
    Machado, Michael J., (Dem.), 1997-2000
    Florez, Dean, (Dem.), 2001-2002

    Scope and Content

    The Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife records consist of Bill Files, Hearing Files, Correspondence Files, and Subject Files. In total, the records measure 48 cubic feet. It is anticipated that the Archives will receive further records from the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. Researchers should check for recently received, unprocessed records of the committee.
    The largest series, Bill Files (1979-2002), is made up of 708 file folders. Bill files document bills directed to the committee. The files include committee analysis, letters from interested parties, and the comments of affected agencies. These files show the close involvement of the committee in such issues and subjects as agricultural water management; coastal resources; commercial and game fishing; dams and levees; disaster relief; flood protection and control; humane treatment of animals; hunting; invasive species control; marine resources; museum establishment and funding; state parks; threatened, endangered, and protected species; water conservation, reclamation, resources, rights, supply, transfers, and quality; watercraft; wetlands; and wildlife management. The committee worked closely with local water, utility, and irrigation districts as well as California state agencies including, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, Dept. of Boating and Waterways, Dept. of Fish and Game, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, and Dept. of Water Resources.
    The Hearing Files series (1976-2000) includes 375 file folders as well as 332 audiocassette tapes and thirteen VHS videotapes. The bulk of the file folders were created from 1988 to 1991 and from 1999 to 2000. There are audiotapes for every year between 1976 and 2000 except for 1982, 1983, 1995, and 1996. The videotapes are from the years 1990 to 1991 and 1997 to 2000. Hearing files are arranged chronologically by hearing date and may include agendas, audiotapes, videotapes, transcripts, testimony, background information, and working files for regular session hearings, interim hearings, and some joint hearings. The committee's hearing files deal with issues and subjects including, agricultural water use, the California Delta, California's water future and water plan, drought, flood control, funding for the Dept. of Fish and Game, the Peripheral Canal, recreation in California, the state park system, water project development, water resources, water supply, water transfers, and wildlife protection.
    The smallest series, Correspondence Files (1995-1997), is made up of only six file folders. The letters and memoranda included in these chronological correspondence files have to do with the conduct of the committee's daily business.
    The Subject Files series (1976-2000) consists of 58 file folders. These subject files contain materials that the committee gathered or produced while conducting research on issues related to state and local agencies, state parks, fiscal matters, proposed legislation, environmental groups, water resources, land use, flood control, wildlife, and historic preservation. The largest amount of material in this series pertains to the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, the California Endangered Species Act, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Vernalis Adaptive Management Plan, and the Wildlife Conservation Board-Headwaters Forest. Also included are Legislative summaries for the 1985-1986 and the 1991-1992 sessions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. Legislature. Assembly. Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
    CALFED Bay-Delta Program
    Water--Law and legislation--California
    Parks--Government policy--California
    Wildlife conservation--Law and legislation--California
    Wildlife management--California

    Related Collections at the California State Archives

    Assembly Energy and Natural Resources Committee Records
    Assembly Natural Resources Committee Records
    Assembly Natural Resources and Conservation Committee Records
    Assembly Water Committee Records
    Senate Agriculture and Water Resources Committee Records
    Senate Natural Resources Committee Records
    Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Records
    Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee Records
    Senate Water Committee Records
    Senate Water Resources Committee Records
    Dept. of Fish and Game Records
    Dept. of Natural Resources Records
    Dept. of Parks and Recreation Records
    Dept. of Public Works Records
    Dept. of Water Resources Records
    Resources Agency Records
    Joe Canciamilla Papers, may be restricted
    Dominic Cortese Papers
    Dean Florez Papers, may be restricted
    Eugene Gualco Papers
    Lawrence Kapiloff Papers
    Mike Machado Papers
    Norman S. Waters Papers