Who determines whether a groundwater sustainability plan is sufficient?

The Department of Water Resources is tasked with reviewing groundwater sustainability plan for compliance. If The Department of Water Resources determines that an adequate groundwater sustainability plan has not been adopted or that it is not being implemented in a way that will achieve sustainability within 20 years, then the State Water Resources Control Board may designate the basin “probationary.” After receiving notice from the State Board, local  authorities will have 180 days to address groundwater sustainability plan deficiencies. If the plan is brought into compliance the state will remove the “probationary” designation and will have no further authority to intervene. If the deficiencies are not addressed by the groundwater sustainability agencies, the State Board is authorized to create an interim plan that would remain in effect only until the Groundwater Sustainability Agency could assume responsibility with a compliant plan that will achieve sustainability.


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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?