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The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) on September 16, 2014. This is a combined bill comprised of three legislative bills. Senate Bill SB1168, (Pavley)Assembly Bill AB 1739 (Dickenson) and Senate Bill SV1319 (Pavley)

Understanding the Dilemma of Water in California

Prompted by a drought, which is common in California, this legislation helps in the regulation and management of underground water throughout California. Under this act, medium and high priority basins are regulated as to the amount of pumping that is allowed. Ground water is critically important as a reserve due to the frequent droughts in the state of California. When surface water gets used up, ground water is called upon. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires agencies of medium and high basins to be in compliance by 2042.

The Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

Local agencies form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) to manage their groundwater basins. As infrastructure is vital, overuse of groundwater from Aquifer systems can cause land problems with wells, buildings, and roads. Also, seawater intrusion is an important issue in California’s coastal groundwater basins. Interconnected surface water depletion usually results during droughts. Adequate groundwater is essential to keep water flow even and constant.

Let SBEMP Help You Become Fluid In Procedures Concerning the SGMA and GSA

Our experienced Palm Springs environmental attorneys are essential in helping local agencies navigate the law and understand requirements of these laws. The laws are complex, and our attorneys are well versed in transnational practice, as well as counseling on issues effecting real property. These include underground oil tank remediation, proper asbestos removal and removal of contaminated soil and of course when dealing with groundwater.

Our Palm Springs environmental attorneys can also offer counseling on proper hazardous waste packaging and disposal.

Ignoring ‘Environmental Site Assessment’ in California Could Cost You Your Business

While most real estate transactions will have a ‘Full-Disclosure’ clause, there should still be an adherence to the phrase ‘Due Diligence,’ meaning it is your responsibility to understand exactly what you are a buying and, most importantly, that any and all legal requirements regarding the land and any structures are compliant with all laws and regulations.

Most of you have heard the phrase ‘Due Diligence,’ but in a state like California, the phrase ‘Environmental Due Diligence’ (EDD) is extremely important. On a federal level, there is the Environmental Protection Agency, an environmental regulatory commission on a state level and local municipalities. As you’ve probably heard or read in the news, California has some of the most stringent regulations regarding the environment. Continue reading

Environmental Lawyers to Help with Your EPA Questions

It isn’t easy to navigate through the technical issues that arise in corporate transactions involving technical issues related to environmental matters. The maze of complex regulatory requirements and resulting liabilities can be difficult to understand. Today, public awareness and the urgency to move toward sustainable living creates business risks and opportunities. Continue reading