The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board have released draft groundwater management principles and strategies which will provide the framework for State actions to proactively address impacts on groundwater-dependent communities.
The draft principles and strategies provide a policy framework of near-term drought response and long-term resilience for those that rely on groundwater for drinking water. The framework prioritizes protection of public health and safety, as well as preparation and mitigation for the effects of drought conditions over the long term. Six principles describe how to address drinking well water impacts, including drinking water resiliency, equity, identifying challenges, best available data, trusted relationships, and lasting solutions.
“Groundwater is a critical water supply source used by millions of Californians that becomes even more important in times of drought. We must protect it,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “Having a robust and transparent state policy to address impacts to drinking water wells is critical in improving near-term coordination and long-term preparation for drought.”
Final principles and strategies are expected to be released later this fall.