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 hearing on groundwater adjudications titled, […]

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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 that cannot be dismissed or […]

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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 the solution for groundwater disputes […]

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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 issues. Gary Bardini began by […]

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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 Water Institute discuss the successes […]

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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 coverage of the hearing. Andrew […]

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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 Ventura County will discuss their […]

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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 of Water Resources Mark Cowin, […]

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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: the first panel consisted of […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Senator Wolk and Assemblymember Rendon present their bonds at the Joint Senate Committee hearing, “Setting the Stage for a 2014 Water Bond: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?”

Currently, there are two bond measures that are working their way through the legislative process.  Senator Lois Wolk has introduced SB 42 that would replace the current 2014 bond with the $6.475 billion “Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Flood Protection Act of 2014.”  Assemblymember Anthony Rendon has introduced AB 1331, which would replace the current 2014 bond with the […]

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