6 Environs 1 (1982)

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Volume 6, Number 1
February 1982
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The California D
Water Conservation
I1 Initiative
Striking a balance between conservation of California's water
resources and development of those resources appears to be a key goal
of the drafters of an initiative measure just submitted to the Attorney
General of California. The measure would enact the Water Resources
Conservation and Efficiency Act, a far-reaching plan with four central
provisions. First, the Act would require interbasin transferors of large
amounts of water to submit plans for water conservation to the State
Water Resources Control Board. Second, the Act would require ground
water management of critically overdrafted areas. Third, the Act, for
the first time, would allow the Board to accept applications for instream
appropriation without requiring diversion or control of water or both.
Finally, the Act would provide limitations on the impoundment of
water behind the New Melones Dam.
The process of qualifying the initiative should be underway before
the end of November, 1981, according to a press release from the Cali-
fornia Water Protection Council. The Council will work to collect the
required 340,000 signatures before the end of April, 1982. After
qualification, the Council plans to work for passage of the initiative in
the November, 1982, general election.
The Council and the ad hoc group who drafted the measure are
made up of individuals who have divergent points of view about the
water problem in California, but who, according to Harrison C. Dun-
ning, law professor at U.C. Davis and a drafter of this measure, are in
agreement that:
Water management has become a source of growing
concern in California in recent years. Yet, the Leg-
islature has not been able to enact the major reforms
needed to achieve a more balanced management of
our water resources. The pressures on the Legisla-
ture in its attempts to deal effectively with this issue
would indicate that there is no reasonable hope for
meaningful legislative remedy in the foreseeable
Thus the drafters concluded that a water conservation measure was
needed to resolve the competition for water between urban communi-
ties, agriculture, industry, and recreation, and to manage water for
present and future needs.
(See CONSERVATION, page 7)

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