BY THOMAS HARTER, KATE SCOW, HELEN DAHLKE AND TOBY O’GEEN POSTED 11.20.2015
(Ed’s Note: The following is part of a series on California water issues from experts convened by the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.)
California’s single most urgent water policy priority is preserving our groundwater supply.
In normal years, groundwater provides one-third of our state’s urban and agricultural water. In dry years, it provides up to nearly two-thirds.
As the severe drought has brought new awareness of the importance of our groundwater safety net, California leaders have made significant public policy changes. They include the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014; 2015 laws that streamline groundwater-dispute resolution; and new requirements under the state Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act of 1969.
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