Water Districts

DWR Proposes Requirements for Determining Adequacy of Groundwater Sustainability Plans Mandated by SGMA

February 22, 2016 | Bulletin No. 1273994.1

The California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) has released draft emergency regulations specifying the criteria by which it would assess the adequacy of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (“GSP”) mandated for 127 high- and medium-priority basins, under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”).

Court: Public Trust Doctrine Applies to County Approval of Permits For New Groundwater Wells Affecting Navigable Stream

July 18, 2014 | Bulletin No. 1129526.1

The public trust doctrine applies to groundwater that is hydrologically connected to navigable surface streams, according to a July 14, 2014, Sacramento Superior Court ruling in a case challenging Siskiyou County’s approval of well drilling permits.  (Environmental Law Foundation ("ELF") v.

Court of Appeal Upholds Water Supply Assessment Against Challenge to Groundwater Supply Sufficiency

Held: SB 610 Water Supply Assessments May Determine Sufficiency of Groundwater Supplies Without Analyzing Entire Basin or Subbasin

November 19, 2008 | Bulletin No. 904699.1

The Court of Appeal for the First District has issued a long-awaited decision upholding a SB 610 Water Supply Assessment (“WSA”) that relied upon groundwater as a significant source of supply without performing a basinwide study of existing and future groundwater pumping.

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Is groundwater essential to your success?

Existing and future land development in some parts of California depends entirely on groundwater. Statewide, groundwater meets 40 percent of water needs in average years and up to 60 percent in critically dry years.