What authority will groundwater sustainability agencies have?

groundwater sustainability agencies are empowered to utilize a number of new management tools to achieve the sustainability goal. For example, groundwater sustainability agencies may require registration of groundwater wells, mandate annual extraction reports from individual wells, impose limits on extractions, and assess fees to support creation and adoption of a groundwater sustainability plan. Groundwater sustainability agencies also may request a revision of groundwater basin boundary, including the establishment new subbasins. A groundwater sustainability agencies may adopt a single plan covering an entire basin or may combine several plans from multiple agencies.

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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?