The California Groundwater Association (CGA) is remaining active and involved in advocacy around two bills: AB 1642 and AB 2201.
AB 1642 (Salas) California Environmental Quality Act: water system well and domestic well projects: exemption has been passed and sent to the governor. CGA supports AB 1642 (Salas) that exempts from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), until January 1, 2028, well projects that meet specified conditions, including that the domestic well or the water system to which the well is connected has been designated as high risk or medium risk in the State Water Board’s drinking water needs assessment. CGA supports this bill and will urge the governor to sign the bill.
AB 2201 (Bennett) Groundwater sustainability agency: groundwater extraction permit passed the Senate and has been returned to the Assembly for a concurrence vote. CGA continues to remain active with a coalition led by the California Chamber of Commerce to defeat this bill. AB 2201 interferes with the rights of landowners to beneficially use the groundwater beneath their property, imposes significant costs on well applicants, and increases the likelihood of legal challenges against counties and groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) for well permitting decisions. If the bill reaches the Governor’s desk, CGA will seek a veto.