Is the county putting our wells at risk?

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On Sept. 16, 2014, Assembly Bill 1739 was signed into law. Together with Senate Bill 1168 and Senate Bill 1319, this legislation is commonly known as the Groundwater Management Act. As of Jan. 31, 2020, all groundwater basins designated as “high or medium priority” basins and identified as “subject to critical conditions of overdraft” by the Department of Water Resources are managed under a Groundwater Sustainability Plan adopted by a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. All other high or medium priority basins must be managed under a Groundwater Sustainability Plan by Jan. 31, 2022. This requirement does not apply to adjudicated basins. The goal of this legislation is to develop a plan to manage our groundwater in a sustainable manner. Public water utilities such as Eastern Mu
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