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SacBee: Opposing sides in California water wars forced together in groundwater agencies

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By: Susan Sward

Published on March 23, 2017

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Groundwater regulations are being implemented throughout the state of California to meet long-term deadlines for protecting critical water infrastructure. However, a great deal of uncertainty exists within local agencies about whether these measures will protect disadvantaged communities or stay focused on agricultural interests. 

Then main issue at hand: “[Groundwater regulation is] certainly a huge opportunity for small, disadvantaged communities and small farmers to come together and demand a place at the table of these newly created local agencies where groundwater decisions will be made. But I also think there’s a possibility of institutionalizing the same inequitable system that has ruled unofficially for the last century where the more powerful players monopolize the groundwater.”

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