Panel discusses water rights and pumping allocations, groundwater recharge as a beneficial use, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and the fee authorities for GSAs
From Maven’s Notebook:
In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which required all groundwater basins designated as high or medium priority to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to prepare locally-developed plans to bring the basin into sustainability. Since the legislation took effect, many agencies and organizations have concerns about how to best meet the requirements of the law.
Whenever a new law is passed, particularly like the SGMA, challenges arise about how to implement the new policy. At the Groundwater Resources Association’s Western Groundwater Congress, a panel of experts discussed emerging issues as agencies work to develop their plans.