Existing groundwater users will face challenges to justify their use and avoid reductions in basins that are critically overdrafted.
"Start monitoring the pumping of wells to establish what your 'right' is," stated Jennifer Shipman, MCCV CEO. "If you have ten years of records, that's great. If not, start keeping records now. You have to justify your use to keep priority." Annual reports of groundwater extraction will be required using GSA-approved documentation methods including metering, power consumption and/or historical crop production records.
It is important to understand that all pumping records will become public through the GSAs. This creates the potential for challenges to pumping activity and record keeping.
The monitoring and regulation of groundwater was discussed at MCCV's August 2016 meeting. Attend monthly MCCV meetings for updates on this and other important issues.
For a comprehensive overview on on the new GSAs, please see the attached PowerPoint presentation from Condor Earth Technologies: Groundwater Presentation.