Greener Products for Bluer Waters: California’s Safer Consumer Regulations

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New regulations shift responsibility to manufacturers to seek safer alternatives for harmful ingredients in consumer products The Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first of a kind, offering California the opportunity to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world.  The regulations, which took effect in October of 2013,  require manufacturers or other responsible […]

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Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: The importance of local agency and stakeholder participation

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A Local Government Commission webinar focuses on SGMA implementation on the local level covering land use issues, stakeholder participation, and more For implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to be a success, local governments and stakeholders need to be active participants in the process.  The Local Government Commission, a nonprofit working to foster innovation in local environmental sustainability, economic […]

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This just in … DWR Achieves First Major Milestone as Final SGMA Groundwater Basin Boundary Regulations Go Into Effect; Plus funding opportunity for stressed basins

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From the Department of Water Resources: Reaching its first major milestone under the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today implemented new basin boundary regulations, a key provision of the groundwater law. Today’s action comes well in advance of the January 1, 2016 SGMA deadline, effectively giving local agencies an additional six weeks to […]

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This just in … Governor Brown Signs Water Legislation

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From the Office of the Governor: As California’s historic drought continues, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills to help boost water conservation, strengthen groundwater management and improve water quality: AB 142 by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) – Wild and scenic rivers: Mokelumne River. AB 401 by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) – Low-Income […]

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Groundwater adjudications in the age of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Panel of lawyers discuss the potential collision course of groundwater adjudications with the development of groundwater sustainability plans Prior to the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act last fall, groundwater disputes were typically resolved through groundwater adjudications – a lengthy and expensive process by most accounts, but with the new legislation setting up a process for managing groundwater, the […]

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California Water Commission: Groundwater Basin Boundary Regulations Update

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Update to commission includes background, an overview of existing groundwater basins, and summary of boundary issues; Public listening sessions to start next week In September of 2014, Governor Brown signed a package of three bills which has come to be known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  The Act creates a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the […]

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This just in … DWR posts groundwater update reports; will support implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the Groundwater Update to the California Water Plan Update 2013 with essential data, information and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. Legislation enacted last year by the California State Legislature established a roadmap of activity and […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects #6: The role of the state in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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DWR’s David Gutierrez and the State Water Board’s Michael Lauffer discuss the carrot and stick role of the state in implementing sustainable groundwater management The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act became effective on January 1, 2015, creating a framework for managing the state’s groundwater resources on a local or regional basis.  But while the new groundwater legislation contemplates a bottom-up governance, […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 5: Groundwater management practices for local sustainability

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California’s new historic groundwater legislation, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requires local agencies and stakeholders to come together to from Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and to develop plans to manage their groundwater basins in a sustainable fashion – no easy task. The fifth lecture in the California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 4: Toward groundwater sustainability planning in an agro-urban basin


Tim O’Halloran discusses the challenges of implementing the new groundwater legislation on the local level The provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act call for local control of groundwater by establishing Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to manage the groundwater basins or sub-basins, and to accomplish this feat by June 30, 2017.  In some areas of the state, these agencies are already […]

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