California media have been heralding the discovery of “new water” in deep aquifers as a possible solution to the state’s ongoing drought and water shortages. Accessing these waters, however, would be extremely expensive due to their great depth and poor quality. Read more >
Draft Groundwater Regulations Don’t Make the Grade: Water Commission Calls Out “Substantial” Loophole
April 29, 2016 10:59 AM EDT
Last week’s California Water Commission meeting should serve as a wake-up call to everyone interested in more sustainable groundwater management. Commissioners called out a “substantial” loophole in the draft regulations large enough to overwhelm the intent of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
March 11, 2016 2:20 PM EDT
“We Don’t Do Groundwater,” the title began, and until recently, that was true—in spite of the immense importance of the resource. Outside of a few urban areas in coastal southern California, California groundwater use regulation was largely an oxymoron. Read more >
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: New California Groundwater Regulations Missing Metrics to Define Sustainability
February 24, 2016 1:19 PM EDT
The landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) now has draft regulations available for public comment. They are a mix of good, bad, and ugly. Read more >
January 29, 2016 11:55 AM EDT
Today, draft regulations were posted for public comment that will determine how billions of dollars from the water bond (Proposition 1) will be given out to fund new water infrastructure projects.
The requirements for vetting these projects should include using the best available climate science, but right now, they don’t.