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Dec 17 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 3: Panel discussion on options for moving forward

Groundwater adjudications, notoriously expensive and time consuming, emerged as an issue during the development and ultimate passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, and the Brown Administration has made it a priority to consider possible reforms.  To that end, on November 20, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational …

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Dec 16 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 2: Case Study on the Antelope Valley Adjudication

The Antelope Valley groundwater adjudication case is the current poster child for how painfully long and expensive groundwater adjudications can be.  The enormous case involves a multitude of public agencies, farmers, cities, the federal government, and landowners, both large and small, some of whom pump water, but most who don’t but still hold groundwater rights …

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Dec 15 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 1: Justice Robie with an overview on how groundwater disputes are resolved in California

In August of this year, Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requiring local officials for the first time to create sustainable groundwater management plans.  These management plans potentially could involve pumping restrictions or new pumping fees and as a result, more legal disputes and groundwater adjudications may likely result. Groundwater adjudications have been …

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Apr 14 2014

Secretary Karen Ross gives an update on the drought and the impacts to California agriculture

Karen Ross, Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture, gave an update on the drought during her testimony at an Assembly budget subcommittee last week where she detailed the impacts the drought is having on agriculture. Ms. Ross began by emphasizing the collaboration between the state and federal agencies with regards to how the …

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Apr 11 2014

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water oversight hearing on groundwater, part 4: Gary Bardini and Felicia Marcus discuss the path forward

On March 18, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational oversight hearing on groundwater. In this final installment of coverage, Gary Bardini from the Department of Water Resources and Felicia Marcus from the State Water Resources Control Board discuss what actions the administration is taking to address the state’s groundwater management …

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Apr 10 2014

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water oversight hearing on groundwater, part 3: Successes and challenges

On March 18, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational oversight hearing on groundwater.  In this installment of coverage from the hearing, Jay Jasperse from the Sonoma County Water Agency, Lynn Maulhardt from the United Water Conservation District & Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, and Sarge Green from Fresno State’s California …

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Apr 09 2014

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water oversight hearing on groundwater, part 2: Approaches to groundwater management

On March 18, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational oversight hearing on groundwater. In this portion of the hearing, Andrew Fahlund with the California Water Foundation discussed the issues that need to be considered as the legislature contemplates groundwater management on a statewide basis. This is the second of four-part …

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Apr 08 2014

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water oversight hearing on groundwater, part 1: Professor Richard Frank on California’s groundwater laws

On March 18, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational oversight hearing on groundwater.  On the agenda, Professor Richard Frank will discuss the laws governing groundwater; Andrew Fahlund with the California Water Foundation will discuss the state’s approach to groundwater management; next water managers from Sonoma County, the Central Valley, and …

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Mar 21 2014

Assembly joint informational hearing on California’s groundwater, part 3: Stakeholder perspectives on where should we go from here

On March 11, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation held a joint informational hearing on the management of California’s groundwater resources. In this last segment of coverage from the hearing, a wide variety of stakeholders gave their perspective on the problems and potential solutions for …

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Mar 20 2014

Assembly joint informational hearing on California’s groundwater, part 2: Elements of successful groundwater management

On March 11, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation held a joint informational hearing on the management of California’s groundwater resources. Not all groundwater basins in California are poorly managed, nor is adjudication a requirement for successful groundwater management.  The second panel of the hearing …

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Mar 19 2014

Assembly joint informational hearing on California’s groundwater, part 1: Where are we now?

On March 11, the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and Transportation held a joint informational hearing on the management of California’s groundwater resources.  Assemblymember Anthony Rendon opened the hearing with some remarks about the importance of groundwater to the state of California. “The astonishing fact is that …

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Mar 04 2014

Joint informational hearing on the BDCP, part 2: Delta stakeholders give their perspective

On February 25, 2014, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife held a joint informational oversight hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The hearing was organized around two panels of speakers: the first panel consisted of Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, Director of Department …

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Mar 03 2014

Joint informational hearing on the BDCP, part 1: Secretary Laird, Directors Bonham and Cowin on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Legislators hear from administration officials and Delta stakeholders on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan On February 25, 2014, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife held a joint informational oversight hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The hearing was organized around two panels of speakers: …

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Feb 24 2014

Assembly oversight hearing on the funding structure and economic impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (part 4): Delta stakeholders have their say

On February 12th, the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review held an oversight hearing on the funding structure and economic impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. In this fourth and final installment of coverage of the hearing, the committee members hear from Melinda Terry from the North Delta Water Agency and the California …

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Feb 21 2014

Assembly oversight hearing on the funding structure and economic impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (part 3): San Diego County Water Authority & Contra Costa Water District share their concerns

On February 12th, the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review held an oversight hearing on the funding structure and economic impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Coverage continues with the testimony of Dennis Cushman from the San Diego County Water Authority and Marguerite Patil discussing their agencies concerns about the Bay Delta Conservation …

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