Ag, Environment and Natural Resources Request for Feedback
SB 252 (Dodd) relates to water wells in critically overdrafted basins. CSAC had opposed previous versions of the bill; recent amendments address county concerns about the bill’s interactions with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). While CSAC is pleased with this positive direction, efforts are now focused on the public meetings component of the bill which would require a public notice and comment period for new well permits. Please contact Cara Martinson with any feedback.
AB 890 (Medina) was recently amended to give local governing bodies exclusive authority to adopt or amend general plans and zoning ordinances and prohibits development agreements from being approved or amended via the initiative process. CSAC opposed previous versions of this bill that would have required an environmental review of all proposed local initiatives that constituted a project under the California Environmental Quality Act and would have required cities and counties to approve projects regardless of the outcome of the environmental review. With these new amendments, CSAC is prepared to remove opposition. Please contact Cara Martinson with any feedback.
SB 623 (Monning) would require the State Water Resources Control Board to promulgate regulations to require contamination testing for individual wells and state small water systems. Previous versions of the bill would have made these types of wells eligible for state funding, but this provision is removed in the latest version. SB 623 also provides that money in the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is continuously appropriated to the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions, and makes some changes to certain enforcement actions for agricultural operations that exceed water quality objectives for nitrates. CSAC, ACWA, and RCRC are currently reviewing the bill, which is set to be heard on July 11 in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. We welcome your comments and feedback at email@example.com.