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

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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Groundwater problems and prospects #3: Sharing groundwater: Legal issues and challenges

Attorney David Aladjem and Professor Richard Frank explain the substantive provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, dove deep into groundwater in lecture series this year, focusing on the issues and challenges surrounding implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  In […]

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This just in … Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce $1 Billion Emergency Drought Package

From the Office of the Governor: Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The $1 […]

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Groundwater Problems and Prospects, Part 2: The story behind the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Assembly policy consultant Tina Cannon Leahy, ACWA’s Cindy Tuck, and the California Water Foundation’s Kate Williams talk about the unusual and extraordinarily successful effort to bring the groundwater legislation to fruition It was a indeed a historic moment when Governor Brown put his pen to the paper and signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 16, 2014.  Groundwater had […]

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Legal options for water providers in times of drought

The Water Code, Prop 218, Prop 26 and more … Attorney Kelly Salt reviews the legal provisions in the State constitution and the Water Code that govern water providers in times of drought As the State Water Resources Control Board considers adopting a stronger regulation for urban water conservation, water agencies and localities are going to need all the tools […]

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The Department of Water Resources’ role in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Rich Juricich briefs the California Water Commission on the Department of Water Resources’ many roles, which include developing new regulations and providing planning, technical, and financial assistance to newly-forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies At the February meeting of the California Water Commission, Rich Juricich from the Department of Water Resources briefed the Commissioners on the Department’s role in implementing the Sustainable […]

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Prop 1 oversight hearing, part 2: First out of the gate: State entities with proposed water bond funding

Department heads tell legislators how they plan to disburse the first round of funds from Proposition 1 Last November, voters approved the $7.5 billion Proposition 1, the water bond.  The Governor’s proposed budget includes the first round of the disbursements of funds from the measure, and with such significant funds on the line, the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and […]

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Proposition 1 Oversight Hearing, part 1: Background on the water bond and principles for moving forward

Anton Favorini-Csorba gives an overview of Prop 1 and makes recommendations for ensuring legislative oversight on the expenditure of water bond funds Last November, voters approved Proposition 1, the water bond, which provides $7.545 billion in general obligation bond funding for various water-related projects and programs. Voter approval of Prop. 1 means the state now has permission to sell general […]

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Eric Garner on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: History in the making or another dead end?

On January 1st, the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act took effect. The statewide regulation of groundwater is one of the most important and controversial challenges facing the water managers and water users. At the fall conference of the Association of California Water Agencies, Best Best & Krieger’s managing partner Eric Garner gave the Thursday luncheon keynote address. In his speech, […]

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