AB 2201

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 23, 2022
  • Senate
  • Governor

Groundwater sustainability agency: groundwater extraction permit: verification.

Abstract

Existing law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requires all groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins by the Department of Water Resources that are designated as basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020, and requires all other groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2022, except as specified. Existing law authorizes any local agency or combination of local agencies overlying a groundwater basin to decide to become a groundwater sustainability agency for that basin and imposes specified duties upon that agency or combination of agencies, as provided. Existing law authorizes a groundwater sustainability agency to request of the county, and requires a county to consider, that the county forward permit requests for the construction of new groundwater wells, the enlarging of existing groundwater wells, and the reactivation of abandoned groundwater wells to the agency before permit approval. Existing law also authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to designate a high- or medium-priority basin as a probationary basin under certain conditions for specified purposes. Existing law requires the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt a model water well, cathodic protection well, and monitoring well drilling and abandonment ordinance implementing certain standards for water well construction, maintenance, and abandonment and requires each county, city, or water agency, where appropriate, not later than January 15, 1990, to adopt a water well, cathodic protection well, and monitoring well drilling and abandonment ordinance that meets or exceeds certain standards. Under existing law, if a county, city, or water agency, where appropriate, fails to adopt an ordinance establishing water well, cathodic protection well, and monitoring well drilling and abandonment standards, the model ordinance adopted by the state board is required to take effect on February 15, 1990, and is required to be enforced by the county or city and have the same force and effect as if adopted as a county or city ordinance. This bill would instead require a county to forward permit requests for the construction of new groundwater wells, the enlarging of existing groundwater wells, and the reactivation of abandoned groundwater wells to the groundwater sustainability agency before permit approval. The bill would prohibit a county, city, or any other water well permitting agency from approving a permit for a new groundwater well or for an alteration to an existing well in a basin subject to the act and classified as medium- or high-priority unless specified conditions are met, including that it obtains a written verification, from the groundwater sustainability agency that manages the basin or area of the basin where the well is proposed to be located, determining that, among other things, the extraction by the proposed well is consistent with any sustainable groundwater management program established in any applicable groundwater sustainability plan adopted by that groundwater sustainability agency or an alternate plan approved or under review by the Department of Water Resources. The bill would also require, as condition of approving a permit for a new groundwater well or for an alteration to an existing well in an above-described basin, a county, city, or any other water well permitting agency to, among other things, post the well permit application on its internet website for at least 30 days before approving a permit for a new groundwater well or for an alteration to an existing well. By imposing additional requirements on county, city, or any other water well permitting agency, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill would provide various exemptions from the above-described provisions, including exempting a permit for any well that provides less than 2 acre-feet of water annually for domestic use or any well used by a public water supply system or state small water system. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (6)

Votes


Actions


Aug 15, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 11, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 4. Noes 2.) (August 11).

Aug 08, 2022

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jun 30, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 3. Noes 1.) (June 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 22, 2022

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on GOV. & F.

Jun 16, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on GOV. & F.

Jun 15, 2022

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on GOV. & F. (Ayes 6. Noes 3.) (June 14).

Jun 01, 2022

Senate

Referred to Coms. on N.R. & W. and GOV. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on N.R. & W. and GOV. & F.

May 24, 2022

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 23, 2022

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 44. Noes 24. Page 4833.)

May 19, 2022

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Joint Rule 62(a), file notice suspended. (Page 4736.)

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (May 19).

May 18, 2022

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

May 11, 2022

Assembly

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Apr 28, 2022

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 27, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 26, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 5.) (April 26).

Mar 21, 2022

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on W.,P., & W.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on W.,P., & W.

Mar 17, 2022

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on W.,P., & W. Read second time and amended.

Assembly

Referred to Com. on W.,P., & W.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on W.,P., & W.

Feb 16, 2022

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.

Feb 15, 2022

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB2201 HTML
02/15/22 - Introduced PDF
03/17/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/27/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/16/22 - Amended Senate PDF
06/22/22 - Amended Senate PDF
08/11/22 - Amended Senate PDF

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