At the intersection of water and politics, a cross section of water professionals including agency staff, engineers, attorneys and consultants convened in Sacramento March 30 to spend a day with an outstanding lineup of legislators and administration officials at the Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) and California Groundwater Coalition’s (CGC) Annual Legislative Symposium. The title of this year’s symposium was “California’s Quest for Sustainable Groundwater Supplies: Marching Ahead,” offering an up-to-the-minute report on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) implementation along with speakers addressing the full range of today’s most pressing issues facing water managers and professionals.
The symposium featured eight legislators from both sides of the aisle, offering unique insights into the California Legislature’s outlook on groundwater issues this session. Among the many bills discussed was how to facilitate a statewide water rights exchange. Two legislators highlighted companion bills, AB 1755 (Dodd) and AB 2304 (Levine), that would create a publicly accessible, online clearinghouse for water rights data and establish a five-member board within the Natural Resources Agency to oversee a California Water Market Exchange.
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