California Mandates Groundwater Regulation Through Local "Sustainability Plans" Starting in 2020
By Eric Robinson
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I. INTRODUCTION: TO AVOID DIRECT STATE REGULATION, LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY AGENCIES WILL IMPOSE PUMPING REDUCTIONS, WELL MONITORING, FEES, OR OTHER MEASURES
Unregulated development and use of groundwater is finished in California. As the state endured a third consecutive year of drought, the end of what some decried as a "Wild West" approach to groundwater use came on September 16, 2014, when Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (the "Act").1