CalTrout supports legislative efforts intended to produce more effective management of groundwater resources. Such legislation is particularly important as California increases its reliance on groundwater to confront the challenges presented by population growth, climate change and drought conditions.
We are particularly interested in ensuring that groundwater and surface water resources are managed in a sustainable and integrated manner to avoid impacts to stream flow levels and the biological resources that depend upon the stream flows, such as cold-water fish.
In a joint letter to Senator Pavley and Assembly members Dickinson and Rendon, California Trout and Trout Unlimited outline four key steps to a more sustainable approach to groundwater management.
On the same topic, the Groundwater Resources Association of California, Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council recently outlined eight key points that the group considers critical to moving California’s groundwater management into the 21st century. Read the recommendations in the California WaterBlog here.