Regulating Groundwater in California: Will Groundwater Sustainability Agencies Change the Landscape?

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Stoel Rives attorney Wes Miliband authored an article for Environmental Law Reporter’s “Comment” section titled “Regulating Groundwater in California: Will Groundwater Sustainability Agencies Change the Landscape?” The article addresses the implications of California’s newly enacted Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which mandates regulation and management of groundwater basins for the first time in the state’s 165-year history.

In the article, Miliband provides an overview of California water rights and SGMA’s framework and explores the challenges surrounding the formation of groundwater sustainability agencies, which are responsible for ensuring that basin sustainability is achieved and maintained. He concludes by offering ideas for mutually advancing the interests of both agencies and stakeholders.

Read the full article (PDF). Copyright © 2015 Environmental Law Institute®, Washington, DC. Reprinted with permission from ELR®, http://www.eli.org, 1-800-433-5120.

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