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SB 51: "An Act requiring the designation of state water as outstanding national resource water to occur by law; relating to the authority of the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Natural Resources to nominate water for designation as outstanding national resource water; relating to management of outstanding national resource water by the Department of Environmental Conservation; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 51                                                                          
01 "An Act requiring the designation of state water as outstanding national resource water                                 
02 to occur by law; relating to the authority of the Department of Environmental                                           
03 Conservation, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Natural                                            
04 Resources to nominate water for designation as outstanding national resource water;                                     
05 relating to management of outstanding national resource water by the Department of                                      
06 Environmental Conservation; and providing for an effective date."                                                       
07 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
08    * Section 1. AS 46.03 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
09            Sec. 46.03.085. Outstanding national resource water. (a) Water of the state                                
10       may be designated as outstanding national resource water, as described in federal                                 
11       regulation and this section, only by law.                                                                         
12            (b)  The department shall accept nominations of water for designation as                                     
13       outstanding national resource water. The department may forward a nomination for                                  
01       outstanding national resource water to the legislature only if the department, the                                
02       Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Natural Resources agree to                                     
03       recommend designation of the water to the legislature.                                                            
04            (c)  Water of the state may not be managed as outstanding national resource                                  
05       water unless the water has been designated as outstanding national resource water                                 
06       under (a) of this section.                                                                                        
07    * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).