State refuses to accept groundwater plans for the Madera subbasin

 •  by Lois Henry
The New Stone Water District, outlined in blue, refused to sign a coordination agreement with other Madera subbasin GSAs prompting state concerns.

In the first indication of how strict state officials will be with new groundwater sustainability agencies, the Department of Water Resources has refused to accept groundwater plans covering the Madera subbasin because one of those agencies did not sign a coordination agreement.

The DWR has not posted the submitted groundwater sustainability plans on its website and notified all the GSAs that it is talking with the State Water Resources Control Board — the state’s enforcement arm — about the issue.

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