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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.


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.

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ramona123 | March 12, 2014 at 8:05 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Interesting program this morning. So, the Governor would like to hire more people? to see where the water is going? Yikes. What about the obvious stuff, what about community action? All over the county, there are medians... Example: In Poway, on Scripps, there are medians. Watered medians. They are "park pretty", however, not only does that grass seem to (I don't know the actual gal/week) need a lot of water, but most of it ends up in the street! How about a FaceBook page "hotline"? But, it has to go to City/County managers, to the folks that maintain the grounds, for immediate action - not a databank! I think the benefit of a hotline might be to get information about perceived or real water usage, that may not be obvious to the City/County managers... Just some ideas...

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benz72 | March 12, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Or... increasing water rates to encourage conservation...

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sdreefer21 | March 12, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I wonder if the golf community had anything to add?

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DonWood | March 12, 2014 at 4:43 p.m. ― 3 years ago

One concern is that the big ag business farms that are pumping all the groundwater out from beneath the Central Valley are politically powerful and well connected. You know that when the groundwater runs out, they will be going after more water that is currently being exported to Southern California. Big ag water districts like Westlands Water District won't be satisfied with just using up their own water, they'll want ours next. Since their biggest member is a Beverly Hills billionaire with strong ties to Senator Diane Feinstein, don't be surprised if they succeed. Real water wars are on the horizon.

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