Four Central Valley groundwater plans fail to meet California standards. What’s next

Four groundwater plans in the Central Valley — including those for Westland's and Chowchilla water districts and the Merced and Eastern San Joaquin subbasins — do not show how they will protect water quality, keep drinking water wells from going dry or stop land from sinking further, according to the Department of Water.

DWR says it wants to see responses from the groundwater agencies that show clear actions to reduce harm to domestic well owners and the impacts of subsidence.

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