Monday, May 9, 2016

Tough going

A state law would require a permit process for digging new wells — and those affected aren't taking it lightly

The act allows as much as 25 years for "critically" overdrafted groundwater basins to achieve sustainability, and even longer for basins in less dire condition, known as "medium-priority" and "high-priority" basins. MARK CROSSE / Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee

Water Deeply

A new effort to regulate groundwater extraction is running into stiff opposition from water users and local government officials. A bill proposed by Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) aims to plug some of the loopholes left by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. In the interim, there are no restrictions on drilling new wells in those basins.

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Brown makes some water mandates permanent

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown today issued a new executive order declaring that drought conditions persist and that the state must take permanent action to mitigate the likelihood of more frequent droughts. In the short term, the order tells the state water board to adjust water conservation targets through January.

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Draft IRS regs could limit use of tax-exempt bonds

NACWA

The proposed language in the Internal Revenue Service's definition of "political subdivision" could have troubling implications for certain wastewater and stormwater utilities seeking to finance projects using tax-exempt bonds and/or use facilities built with tax-exempt financing.

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