Landmark Groundwater Legislation in California
Due to the severe drought and lack of surface water in California, groundwater is providing about 60% of the state’s water supply. Unregulated groundwater usage has resulted in further depletion of our aquifers. Another problem is that over-pumping is sinking lands which in turn can damage roads, canals and other structures.
As a result, Governor Jerry Brown signed three new laws to regulate groundwater withdrawals. These laws, Senate Bill No. 1168, No. 1319, and Assembly Bill No. 1739, require local agencies to manage their groundwater supplies. Local agencies in fast-depleting basins must develop a sustainability plan for managing wells and pumping. However, if they fail to act, then the California Water Resources Control Board can intervene. Read the full article here.