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Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water

September 01, 2014

The new legal framework not only empowers local control of groundwater, it sets out another requirement: When localities fail to manage their aquifers sustainably, the state can step in. Water managers in 126 of more than 500 groundwater basins - the ones designated high or medium priority - must develop groundwater-management plans by 2020 or give way to the state