SACRAMENTO – A legislative bill package by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) to sustainably manage California’s groundwater was signed into law Sept. 16 by Governor Jerry Brown. The three-bill package including SB 1168 (Pavley), SB 1319 (Pavley) and AB 1739 (Dickinson) will initiate groundwater sustainability planning and programs for California’s most distressed groundwater basins. The bills define local responsibilities and give local agencies the authority necessary to manage groundwater sustainably and ensure no groundwater basin is in danger of being permanently damaged by overdrafting.
“California will no longer be the only Western state that does not manage its groundwater,” Senator Pavley said. “The cost of doing nothing is the biggest economic gamble. Thousands of homes and small farms cannot keep pace with the race to drill deeper and deeper wells. The bills take a balanced approach – they protect property rights and incentivize local control.”
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