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SB 1168 - Requires Sustainability Plans for Groundwater Usage - California Key Vote

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Title: Requires Sustainability Plans for Groundwater Usage

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Title: Requires Sustainability Plans for Groundwater Usage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that requires sustainability plans and agencies to be used to regulate groundwater usage.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes any single or combination of local agencies that overlay a groundwater basin to form a “groundwater sustainability agency” in order to develop and implement a “groundwater sustainability plan” for the basin (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes a groundwater sustainability agency to perform certain actions, including, but not limited to, the following actions (Sec. 3):
    • Require all groundwater extraction facilities within its authority to use a water-measuring device;
    • Regulate groundwater extraction, including, but not limited to, limiting extraction from individual wells and the construction of new wells; and
    • Acquire property in order to implement a groundwater sustainability plan, including, but not limited to, the following property:
      • Land;
      • Water rights;
      • Buildings; and
      • Easements.
  • Requires a groundwater sustainability plan to include certain components as applicable to each basin, including, but not limited to, the following components (Sec. 3):
    • The monitoring and management of groundwater levels and quality;
    • The mitigation of overdraft; 
    • The control of saline water intrusion; and
    • A well abandonment and destruction program.
  • Requires the Department of Water Resources to categorize each basin as high, medium, low, or very low priority by January 31, 2015 (Sec. 3).
  • Requires all high or medium-priority basins to be managed by a groundwater sustainability plan by January 31, 2020, and all other priority basins to be managed under a plan by January 31, 2022 (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that a local agency has 2 years to establish a groundwater sustainability agency or an authorized alternative for a basin that is categorized as medium or high priority after January 31, 2015, and 5 years to adopt a groundwater sustainability plan (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the adoption or renewal of any groundwater management plan other than a groundwater sustainability plan after January 1, 2015 (Sec. 4).
  • Requires the department to manage the monitoring of groundwater in basins that are not being appropriately monitored and where there is “insufficient interest” by a local agency to establish a groundwater plan (Sec. 6).
  • Specifies that this bill shall only become effective if both Assembly Bill 1739 and Senate Bill 1319 of the 2013-2014 Regular Session are enacted and become effective (Sec. 10).

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Title: Requires Sustainability Plans for Groundwater Usage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires sustainability plans and agencies to be used to regulate groundwater usage.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes any single or combination of local agencies that overlay a groundwater basin to form a “groundwater sustainability agency” in order to develop and implement a “groundwater sustainability plan” for the basin (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes a groundwater sustainability agency to perform certain actions, including, but not limited to, the following actions (Sec. 3):
    • Require all groundwater extraction facilities within its authority to use a water-measuring device;
    • Regulate groundwater extraction, including, but not limited to, limiting extraction from individual wells and the construction of new wells; and
    • Acquire property in order to implement a groundwater sustainability plan, including, but not limited to, the following property:
      • Land;
      • Water rights;
      • Buildings; and
      • Easements.
  • Requires a groundwater sustainability plan to include certain components as applicable to each basin, including, but not limited to, the following components (Sec. 3):
    • The monitoring and management of groundwater levels and quality;
    • The mitigation of overdraft; 
    • The control of saline water intrusion; and
    • A well abandonment and destruction program.
  • Requires the Department of Water Resources to categorize each basin as high, medium, low, or very low priority by January 31, 2015 (Sec. 3).
  • Requires all high or medium-priority basins to be managed by a groundwater sustainability plan by January 31, 2020, and all other priority basins to be managed under a plan by January 31, 2022 (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that a local agency has 2 years to establish a groundwater sustainability agency or an authorized alternative for a basin that is categorized as medium or high priority after January 31, 2015, and 5 years to adopt a groundwater sustainability plan (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the adoption or renewal of any groundwater management plan other than a groundwater sustainability plan after January 1, 2015 (Sec. 4).
  • Requires the department to manage the monitoring of groundwater in basins that are not being appropriately monitored and where there is “insufficient interest” by a local agency to establish a groundwater plan (Sec. 6).
  • Specifies that this bill shall only become effective if both Assembly Bill 1739 and Senate Bill 1319 of the 2013-2014 Regular Session are enacted and become effective (Sec. 10).

Title: Requires Sustainability Plans for Groundwater Usage

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