February 23, 2024
A person works on underground water in Borrego Springs. Picture by way of @OtayMark Twitter

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Wednesday to align county laws with a courtroom ruling permitting customers within the Borrego Springs Subbasin to pump groundwater.

In 2021, a San Diego Superior Court docket choose dominated that customers within the Borrego Springs Subbasin have the correct to pump groundwater. In reference to that ruling, a required 70% discount in groundwater use to adjust to the state Sustainable Groundwater Administration Act should be achieved by 2040.

The ruling additionally allowed the Borrego Springs Watermaster — a committee that features space representatives — to handle groundwater within the basin.

California handed the regulation in 2014 to guard groundwater and guarantee future availability.

The act “supplies a framework to control groundwater by requiring native companies to steadiness groundwater extraction with groundwater recharge in basins designated by the California Division of Water Assets as excessive or medium precedence,” the county Land Use & Setting Group mentioned final month.

The Borrego Water District “has been securing water rights within the basin to make sure the present group doesn’t have to scale back its water use,” in accordance with the LUEG.

Together with the Borrego area, county groundwater guideline updates apply to the Higher San Luis Rey Valley and San Pasqual Valley basins.

Supervisor Jim Desmond was absent from Wednesday’s assembly as a result of a long-standing household dedication, in accordance with his workplace.

Final month, he and Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer praised county and group efforts on a groundwater sustainability plan.

–Metropolis Information Service