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Title: California State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Records
Collection number: See series descriptions for LP numbers.
California State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
48 cubic feet
California State Archives
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 represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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
[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 and Custodial History
The State Archives received these records in accordance with California Government Code 9080(b) which requires legislative
committees to transfer their records to the State Archives when they are no longer needed by the committee.
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
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.
Further accruals are expected.
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
Wildlife conservation--Law and legislation--California
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