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SB 20 (Pavley): Last year’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in response to record levels of overpumping groundwater that have caused hundreds of wells to go dry and caused ground subsidence in some parts of the state. In the State Assembly, more than a dozen bills have been introduced to limit the scope of the groundwater legislation or delay its already slow implementation. Senator Pavley, on the other hand has introduced a bill that will help implement SGMA. SB 20 addresses a long-standing problem in state law that makes it illegal for the state to release critical information to the public.
The 2014 groundwater legislation that Clean Water Action helped pass was a big victory for California! But there’s still work to be done to ensure that California has a sustainable supply of groundwater to support our future water needs.
One major gap is the lack of information about groundwater aquifers. Take action to make information for our groundwater available to the public.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.
The exploding use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer in post World War II agriculture generated an agricultural boom in California and throughout the US. Today seven of the top ten agricultural counties in the US are located in California and in 2010, California agriculture generated $37.5 billion in sales.