For the first time, California claims authority to regulate extraction of standing ground water. Until now, water had to be flowing underground for Water Board jurisdiction to kick in. But with groundwater sources depleting severely, we have editorials such as this one supporting it despite the downside for property rights. Until now, California was the only western state without such regulation.
From the summaries, I’m not quite certain of the local effect – the legislation appears to focus on the valley and Los Angeles basins, but a threshold has been crossed. I haven’t had the time to review the actual texts of the law changes, but here they are.
I hope to take a closer look at a later time.