The California Water Code makes numerous reference to “protestants”. Secularists need not fear. The reference isn’t to adherents of the reformation theologies of Martin Luther, John Calvin or Huldrych Zwingli. These are small “p” protestants, that is persons who are pursuing a protest. Section 1333, for example, provides “The protestant and the applicant shall make a good faith effort to resolve the protest . . .”. … [Read more...] about What Are Protestants Doing In California Water Code?
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“There are only a couple of things you can’t live without, and water is one of them,” said Peer Swan, long-time board member for the Irvine Ranch Water District. “Long-term, this is really the only game in town. It’s far more important than bullet trains, and much cheaper.” … [Read more...] about Two tunnels? One? None? Water agency to decide how much to spend on Delta fix
The new laws, Senate Bills 1168 and 1319, and Assembly Bill 1739, do not radically alter groundwater management in the short-term. They do, however, set the stage for a possible statewide system of management ultimately supervised by the State Water Resources Control Board (”SWRCB”). Generally, for many at-risk basins, the law mandates (and for other areas encourages) “groundwater sustainability agencies” to adopt “groundwater sustainability plans” in coming years. These plans are to be designed to remedy overdrafted groundwater supplies, but over a long-term planning horizon for decades to come. The agencies may turn out to be already existing agencies, such as counties, which choose to take on this "groundwater sustainability" role. … [Read more...] about California Acts To Manage Statewide Groundwater Issues
Increased Enforcement Against Water WasteFrequent reporting of water diversion and use by water right holders, inspections for illegal diversions or wasteful or unreasonable use of water, and enforcement actions against illegal diverters or those engaging in wasteful and unreasonable use. … [Read more...] about California Governor Brown Issues Executive Order Requiring Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions
First, it required the District to give advance notice of the proposed charge to affected owners and to conduct a hearing at which owners could submit protests; if a majority of owners lodged such protests, the charge could not go into effect. (Article 13D, § 6, subd. (a).) Second, unless the charge was for “sewer, water, [or] refuse collection services,” it could not take effect unless it was ratified by a majority of voters or, at District’s option, by two-thirds of affected owners. (Id., § 6, subd. (c).) Finally, the charge had to satisfy a number of substantive constraints, essentially to the effect that it be tailored to the benefit conferred on each affected parcel or owner. (Id., § 6, subd. (b).) … [Read more...] about California Groundwater Fees in Flux Following Recent Conflicting Proposition 218 Cases