Drought Resiliency

Bills of Interest 

 SB 971 Hertzberg “CDAG Bill”

The Community Water Center and CMUA in conjunction with Senator Hertzberg, have introduced SB 971 “CDAG” bill, which sets requirements for information/ data for drought preparedness of small systems and requires counties to provide information and basic contingencies.

Legislative Highlights:

  1. Requires suppliers with 1,000 to 2,999 service connections to prepare and adopt a small water suppliers water shortage contingency plan.
  2. Requires a county at risk of drought or water shortage to develop a water shortage plan to include the counties existing planning processes and establish a county drought and water shortage task force.

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AB 2322 (Friedman): Small water suppliers and rural communities: drought and water shortage planning: repeal

Summary: Current law makes legislative findings and declarations regarding drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities, and requires the Department of Water Resources, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and other relevant state and local agencies and stakeholders, to use available data to identify, no later than January 1, 2020, small water suppliers and rural communities that may be at risk of drought and water shortage vulnerability and notify counties and groundwater sustainability agencies of those suppliers or communities. Current law requires the department, in consultation with the state board, to propose to the Governor and the Legislature, by January 1, 2020, recommendations and guidance relating to the development and implementation of countywide drought and water shortage contingency plans to address the planning needs of small water suppliers and rural communities, as provided. This bill would repeal these provisions.

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