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Rivers That Depend on Aquifers: Drafting Sustainable Groundwater Management Plans with Fisheries in Mind

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), enacted in 2015, requires that the pumping of groundwater avoid “undesirable results.” While much of the focus on these undesirable results has been on the problem of overdraft, pumping of groundwater that exceeds recharge, the provision also accounts for adverse effects of groundwater pumping on interconnected surface waters and their beneficial uses, such as the maintenance of fisheries and habitat. Professor Paul Stanton Kibel, co-author of the Golden Gate University School of Law Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL) Guidebook, Rivers That Depend on Aquifers , will discuss SGMA and public trust requirements pertaining to these impacts on surface waters, and outline the ways in which local groundwater plans might protect the resources and habitats that are supported by such interconnected waters.

Paul Stanton Kibel is Water and Natural Resource Counsel at the Water and Power Law Group and Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he directs the GGU Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL).


November 1, 2018 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.
UCI School of Law | EDU 1131
401 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA 92697

Lunch will be provided.

1.0 hour of MCLE credit approved by the State Bar of California. UCI School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

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