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California Drought News: Groundwater, saltwater, and a golden lining to the drought cloud



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Richard Tinker / U.S. Drought Monitor

Today's drought roundup looks at some of the secondary problems caused by our ongoing weather woes.

California is one of a few states that don’t regulate groundwater. Instead, it has what the Legislative Analyst’s Office calls a “patchwork” of laws, local water agency rules and court decisions affecting groundwater use conflicts.

While state law encourages local agencies to oversee groundwater use and to recharge underground supplies, whether to turn on pumps is still largely a decision of individual farmers. (Sacramento Bee)

These areas include safe drinking water in small, disadvantaged communities; flood protection; management of stormwater and other polluted runoff; aquatic ecosystem management; and integrated water management. (Public Policy Institute of California)