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​​​​​​​Contact Your Assemblymember to OPPOSE SB 252  The State Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee is expected to vote on SB 252 (Dodd, D-Napa) tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27. This legislation w

 
 
The State Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee is expected to vote on SB 252 (Dodd, D-Napa) tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27. This legislation would:
  • Create a state mandate on the local management of water basins;
  • Hinder local efforts to achieve sustainability in each basin; and
  • Threaten property rights.
It's urgent to tell your Assemblymember to vote NO on this bill before the vote tomorrow!

SB 252 was amended earlier this month to mandate an applicant seeking a new well permit, in a city or county overlying a basin in critical overdraft condition, to follow onerous procedures for securing a well extraction permit. In addition, if passed, SB 252 would:
  • Undermine the goal of achieving groundwater sustainability through local management by taking decision-making away from locals in critically over-drafted basins;
  • Dictate to property owners which groundwater extractors may pull groundwater;
  • Fundamentally changes common law concerning groundwater disputes in reference to all groundwater basins, potentially creating costly and burdensome basin-wide groundwater adjudications;
  • Imposes significant burdens on well applicants that could ultimately open the door for costly litigation;
  • Requires cities and counties to amend their current groundwater well ordinances to require a public notice and comment period for EACH groundwater well application, undermining local efforts to manage groundwater in critically over-drafted basins.
 
Under SB 252, the following counties would be required to amend their existing groundwater well application ordinances: Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, and Tulare Counties.

The management of local water basins must be done locally - contact your Assemblymember NOW!
 
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