Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Sustainable Groundwater Program

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The Problem:

Valley residents rely heavily on groundwater for drinking water, and the increasing impacts of drought threaten this critical water source. CWC’s Sustainable Groundwater Program aims to protect the quality and quantity of the Valley's drinking water supply.

Goals: 

  • Support the formation of effective, transparent, and equitable Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, which will govern groundwater resources. 

  • Reduce further pollution of groundwater with effective regulatory actions and support development of programs for long-term groundwater quality restoration. 

Related Campaigns and Projects: 

Sustainable Groundwater Act: Community Water Center has been working diligently to help educate stakeholders about the Sustainable Groundwater Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014. Working with partners throughout the valley we have hosted a series of workshops for regional stakeholders and have also visited many of our local water boards to conduct individual informational sessions.

Groundwater Action Team: Community Water Center and our allies have been working diligently to ensure that the Tulare County Board of Supervisors takes action to develop a strong emergency groundwater ordinance that limits increased groundwater extractions and prevents more families from losing their water supply. 

For most recent news stories check out our Water Blog, or the related articles columns on the right.

To take action and sign up to be part of the Groundwater Action Team: 

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Questions? Contact: 

Debi Ores: (916) 706-3346 or deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org
Kristin Dobbin: (559) 733-0219 or kristin.dobbin@communitywatercenter.org

 

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