State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) was pleased that his bill to safeguard groundwater was signed into law by Governor Brown today.
“Groundwater is a precious resource in California and this measure is a necessary part of the process to ensure our local agencies have the tools to manage it wisely,” said Cannella. “I’m grateful we had local and state support to make this a reality.”
Senate Bill 564 creates the North Fork Kings River Groundwater Sustainability Agency, an area encompassing 265 square miles within Fresno County, and adds this Agency to the list of agencies created by statute to manage groundwater that are deemed the exclusive local agencies to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
The Kings Sub-basin has been designated to be in a state of critical overdraft, which triggers the requirement for local districts to create Groundwater Sustainability Agencies by June 30th, 2017 and for those agencies to then develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans by January 2020 to soundly manage groundwater.
“The sustainability of our groundwater supply is of the utmost importance to California’s agricultural survival and our drinking water needs,” Cannella continued. “This measure is a small, but important step in addressing what could be called ground-zero for the State’s groundwater problem.”
SB 564 was supported by West Kings Groundwater Coalition, the Community Water Center, and the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, and will be enacted on January 1, 2017.