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Trading Sustainably: local groundwater markets in CA under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

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Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and Environment June 2017

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act [SGMA] opens the door for local groundwater markets but does not provide guidance about when they’d be appropriate as management tools. This report outlines considerations to help evaluate local groundwater markets as a viable tool that contributes to sustainably managing a particular groundwater basin.

[In SGMA, sustainable yield is defined as the amount of groundwater that can be withdrawn annually without chronically lowering groundwater levels, causing seawater intrusion, degrading water quality, causing land subsidence or depleting interconnected surface water (for example, creeks, streams and rivers) in a manner that causes significant and adverse impacts.]

Download the Executive Summary:

Trading Sustainably – Executive Summary (June 2017)

Download the Report:

Trading Sustainably: Critical Considerations for Local Groundwater Markets Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (June 2017)

Copyright 2017 Nell Green Nylen

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