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A firehose of paperwork is pointed at state water officials

 •  by Lois Henry
Groundwater basins in California considered critically overdrafted by Department of Water Resources

The onslaught of paperwork will be astounding.

When the calendar strikes Jan. 31, 2020, water agencies around the state will have sent hundreds of thousands of pages of technical data, plans and comments meant to shore up groundwater levels in our most overdrafted areas.

Officials at the state Department of Water Resources  are expecting about 45 groundwater sustainability plans to be filed by the deadline. They’ll come from 19 water basins bunched mostly in the Central Valley that are considered critically overdrafted per the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Each of those plans can include multiple “chapters” from a number of groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) and each of those chapters can total more than 1,000 pages, including appendices, comments and comment responses.

It will be an information tsunami.

Is the state ready?

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