What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014?

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 is a comprehensive three-bill package that includes AB 1739 (Dickinson), SB 1168 (Pavley), and SB 1319 (Pavley) and sets the framework for statewide long-term sustainable groundwater management by local authorities. It requires the formation of new groundwater sustainability agencies tasked with assessing the conditions in their local basins and adopting locally-based sustainable management plans. It provides for limited state intervention only when a groundwater sustainability agencies is not formed and / or fails to create and implement a plan that will result in groundwater sustainability within 20 years.

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