Bill to regulate private groundwater heads to Assembly

CHICO, Calif. - A state senate bill to regulate private groundwater is headed to the state assembly.

It passed Wednesday in the State Senate by a vote of 26 to 11. It would require some local governments to manage wells, and if they can't the state would step in.

The bill also creates a new government agency to regulate groundwater.

"I don't think they have the right to come on and inspect the property if you haven't done anything wrong," said almond and rice farmer, Greg Sohnrey. "If you are paying your taxes, you bought the property they shouldn't have jurisdiction over you and requiring you that are not needed or wanted."

Sohnrey's family has owned the same property since 1920 in Durham.

Third District Assemblyman Dan Louge he plans to vote against the bill.

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