Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement following Governor Brown’s signing of groundwater management legislation, Assembly Bill 1739 and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319:
“Just yesterday, I joined fellow legislators and members of the agricultural community to urge the Governor to veto these bills and offered to work with him on language that would work for the entire state. This marks the largest change in California water policy in a century. Unlike the water bond, which took years to develop, these bills were hastily put together in the final days of this year’s session. That is not the way to create such important policy.
“California is a large state and our water basins are diverse and used in very different ways. We cannot have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach where Sacramento dictates how groundwater is used. Over the past few decades we have seen the state mismanage our precious surface storage and now they will oversee groundwater.”