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  • Before the Well Runs Dry: Improving the Linkage Between Groundwater and Land Use Planning

    Before the Well Runs Dry: Improving the Linkage Between Groundwater and Land Use Planning

    Water in the West, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, The Bill Lane Center for the American West | April 17, 2014...
    Summary

    There is no comprehensive regulation of groundwater use in the state of California,* and the right to withdraw groundwater is based on surface...

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  • Guide to Compliance with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: How to avoid the “undesirable result” of “significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of surface waters”

    Guide to Compliance with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: How to avoid the “undesirable result” of “significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of surface waters”

    Stanford University | September 4, 2018...
    Summary

    In enacting the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) the California Legislature, for the first time ever, expressly linked the two historically distinct legal regimes...

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  • Indigenous communities, groundwater opportunities

    Indigenous communities, groundwater opportunities

    Science Magazine, American Association for the Advancement of Science | August 3, 2018...
    Summary

    Instead of managing fresh water as one integrated resource, laws frequently treat groundwater separately from more visible, monitored, and managed surface waters. One...

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