Gov. Newsom’s drought order brings ag well activity to a standstill in some areas

April 14, 2022
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Selma farmer Tony Panoo CREDIT: Wes Harmon
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Jesse Vad, SJV Water

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Valley groundwater agencies are mired in confusion and concern over Gov. Newsom’s March 28 executive drought order, which added new steps for permitting agricultural wells, according to agencies’ staff. 

As groundwater agency managers scramble to hash out exactly how to comply with the order, well permits in some areas are stuck in limbo leaving well drillers and small farmers without answers — or water. 

“We’re shut down. I have no permits that are approved right

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