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Groundwater Industry News

Groundwater regulations headed to governor

Author(s):  Associated Press SACRAMENTO — California is on the verge of regulating its groundwater supply for the first time, as the worst drought in a generation pushed state leaders to overhaul the state’s longstanding “pump-as-you-please” policy. The state Assembly on Friday voted 44-27 to send the bill, AB1739, to Gov. Jerry Brown, whose administration has been involved in shaping the ...

Legislature OKs plastic bags ban, new groundwater rules

Historic and controversial groundwater management rules and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags were among the bills the California Legislature approved during a marathon session Friday that ended early Saturday morning. The bill by Senate Democrats phases out the use of plastic bags, beginning at grocery stores and pharmacies in July 2015 and the following year at convenience stores and ...

GROUNDWATER BILLS WILL CAUSE HARM, FARM LEADER SAYS

Passage of three groundwater-regulation bills by the California Legislature—Assembly Bill 1739 and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319—threatens a number of negative consequences for family farmers, ranchers and other landowners, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation.

Groundwater bills headed to Brown's desk

SACRAMENTO -- With landmark legislation poised to require sustainable groundwater management statewide, reaction is already coming in from local area water users and managers.

Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

By Joaquin Palomino SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative session. The trio of bills, which would allow the state to take over management of underground aquifers and water accessed ...

California Sets Stage for First Groundwater Regulations

California lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown legislation that would for the first time regulate groundwater use as the most-populous U.S. The proposals would require local governments to develop groundwater regulations and give the state the power to step in and enforce restrictions if necessary. Three years of record low rain and snow have left more than 80 percent of California in ...

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