Friday, October 23, 2015

State Water Officials Roll Out Groundwater Law

In 2014 California enacted a package of bills aimed at regulating the state’s groundwater resources, many of which are in a chronic state of overdraft. The law provides local agencies with a framework for managing the state’s 515 groundwater basins. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires formation of local groundwater sustainability agencies to come up with plans to measure and manage their resources. State water agency officials are currently holding a series of meetings to explain the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and gather input from local officials and water users. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian attended the meeting in Visalia this week and files this report.