DWR engineering geologists Aaron Cuthbertson (right) and Kimberly Bowman measure groundwater levels at a designated monitoring well, one of thousands of wells in California used to generate groundwater level change reports

State Seeks Public Comments on Draft Groundwater Management Principles and Strategies Related to Drinking Water Well Impacts

Sep 8, 2021 at 11:30am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board have developed draft groundwater management principles and strategies to better anticipate and minimize the impacts of drought on drinking water wells.

Developed in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s April Executive Drought Proclamationthe principles and strategies provide a framework for State actions to proactively address impacts on groundwater-dependent communities as droughts become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change.  

Release of the draft principles and strategies initiates a formal 30-day public comment period during which written comments will be accepted, as well as oral comments at a public webinar, scheduled for September 23, 2021 from noon until 1:30 pm. Public comments can be emailed to sgmps@water.ca.gov and will be accepted through October 7, 2021.More information can be found at the Drinking Water Wells Principles webpage.

Read the Article from the Department of Water Resources