Fascinating Greenwire story in today’s New York Times on a provision for statewide groundwater monitoring potentially sinking California’s massive water legislation deal:
Then groundwater monitoring reappeared and slowed momentum in the chamber. A bill that would require statewide monitoring of water pumped from the ground — as opposed to more relaxed local control — was defeated under pressure from agribusiness groups and water districts, just as it was rejected earlier this fall.
California faces the same huge problem that we have in large areas of the country: overdrafting groundwater. But this story makes it look like the complex water deal taking shape in California depends for its solution on continuing to ignore the groundwater problem there. (h/t Michael Campana)