CALIFORNIA ENACTS HISTORIC GROUNDWATER LEGISLATION IN THE MIDST OF A HISTORIC DROUGHT
In the midst of a historic drought, California groundwater law is undergoing historic changes. This past year, the California Legislature, for the first time, enacted comprehensive groundwater legislation requiring that groundwater be regulated to achieve “sustainable groundwater management”. While landowners can take some comfort in the Legislature’s stated intent to respect existing groundwater rights, landowners should be aware that the legislation authorizes agencies to restrict or even stop existing groundwater uses.
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