What authority will groundwater sustainability agencies have?

Groundwater sustainability agencies are empowered to use a number of new management tools to achieve sustainability. This may include:

  • Registering groundwater wells,
  • Mandating annual extraction reports from individual wells,
  • Imposing limits on extractions,
  • Requesting a revision of the groundwater basin boundary, including establishing new subbasins, and
  • Assessing fees to support the creation and adoption of a sustainability plan.

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1. Where can I get more information on groundwater sustainability?
2. What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014?
3. What authority will groundwater sustainability agencies have?
4. Is there any funding available to assist groundwater sustainability agencies?
5. When do sustainable groundwater management plans have to be completed and implemented?
6. Who determines whether a groundwater sustainability plan is sufficient?
7. What does sustainable groundwater management mean?
8. Isn’t this basically a state takeover of groundwater?
9. Does this legislation take away the ability of growers to pump groundwater if the current drought continues?
10. How does this legislation affect existing water and property rights?
11. Will this legislation make future adjudications more complicated?
12. Does this legislation allocate groundwater for environmental and habitat purposes?
13. Why doesn’t this legislation address groundwater recharge as a beneficial use of surface water?