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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

Lawmakers Get Disturbing Picture Of Status Of Groundwater

The Legislative Analyst’s Office told lawmakers that without comprehensive statewide regulation of groundwater, management of the state’s water supply will be increasingly difficult. The LAO suggests the state require local water districts to phase in groundwater permitting and keep track of how much water is extracted from all groundwater wells.

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LAO Report: Improving Management Of The State's Groundwater Resources

LAO Report: Improving Management Of The State's Groundwater Resources

The Legislative Analyst's Office report on the state's management of its groundwater resources.

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Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti with UC Irvine says in some places water will disappear in a matter of decades.

“The water losses over the past couple of years have been particularly profound," says Famiglietti. "They are roughly equal to 12 and a half cubic kilometers per year which is on annual basis more water than all human water use domestic, municipal, urban water use for all Californians.”

Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposes almost $5 million to hire more people to identify, monitor and potentially regulate groundwater basins that are in danger of permanent damage.

You can view the LAO's report here.

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