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AB-321 Groundwater sustainability plans.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/07/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  April 04, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 321


Introduced by Assembly Member Mathis
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Cristina Garcia)
(Coauthor: Senator Berryhill)

February 07, 2017


An act to amend Section 10727.8 of the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 321, as introduced, Mathis. Groundwater sustainability plans.
Existing law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requires that all groundwater basins that are designated as basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020, and requires all other groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2022, except as specified. The act authorizes any local agency or combination of local agencies overlying a groundwater basin to decide to become a groundwater sustainability agency for that basin, as prescribed. The act requires that, prior to initiating the development of a groundwater sustainability plan, the groundwater sustainability agency make available to the public and the Department of Water Resources a written statement describing the manner in which interested parties may participate in the development and implementation of the groundwater sustainability plan, and requires the groundwater sustainability agency to encourage the active involvement of diverse social, cultural, and economic elements of the population within the groundwater basin prior to and during the development and implementation of the plan.
This bill would additionally require the groundwater sustainability agency to solicit the participation of farmers, ranchers, and other qualified professionals within the groundwater basin prior to and during the development and implementation of the plan.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 10727.8 of the Water Code is amended to read:

10727.8.
 (a) Prior to initiating the development of a groundwater sustainability plan, the groundwater sustainability agency shall make available to the public and the department a written statement describing the manner in which interested parties may participate in the development and implementation of the groundwater sustainability plan. The groundwater sustainability agency shall provide the written statement to the legislative body of any city, county, or city and county located within the geographic area to be covered by the plan. The groundwater sustainability agency may appoint and consult with an advisory committee consisting of interested parties for the purposes of developing and implementing a groundwater sustainability plan. The groundwater sustainability agency shall encourage the active involvement of diverse social, cultural, and economic elements of the population population, and solicit the participation of farmers, ranchers, and other qualified professionals, within the groundwater basin prior to and during the development and implementation of the groundwater sustainability plan. If the geographic area to be covered by the plan includes a public water system regulated by the Public Utilities Commission, the groundwater sustainability agency shall provide the written statement to the commission.
(b) For purposes of this section, interested parties include entities listed in Section 10927 that are monitoring and reporting groundwater elevations in all or a part of a groundwater basin managed by the groundwater sustainability agency.

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