Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Regulate the use of groundwater to prevent California’s water sources from drying out completely
The drought that has plagued California for many years has now become even more drastic. This has caused many above-ground water sources to supply much less water than any time before. Because of the drastic reduction in water available from above-ground sources, Californians have been forced to turn to the use of groundwater sources.
This need to use groundwater has created a new problem because there is currently no government regulation as to how much groundwater can be used. This means that the landowner can remove as much groundwater from their property as they wish without any regulation by a third party. By pulling too much water from the ground the environment cannot naturally replenish this water supply enough to compensate for the water being lost. Essentially, this means that by taking an unsustainable amount of water from the ground, these landowners are exacerbating the already severe drought affecting California.
Recently, a three-part bill has been created and two parts of the bill have been passed by the California State Senate and Congress. This bill is intended to regulate the use of groundwater by compelling water-basin managers in certain places to create plans to protect against the overdrafting of groundwater. The state would then review these plans and reserve the power to act if these plans are not prepared or enforced by the landowner. This bill is similar to the laws already in place to protect above-ground water sources. This bill is very important to maintaining the few water sources California has left and if they are not protected California will dry up. Urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign these bills into law to keep California from drying out.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
The drought facing California has grown even worse in recent years. This means there is an even greater need to protect the natural water sources California has left. The drought has now drastically reduced the ability of people to use above-ground water sources, such as rivers and reservoirs, and forced them to tap into groundwater.
This new need for groundwater has brought new problems to the ever increasing drought. Without any regulations for the use of groundwater, like there is for above ground water sources, landowners can pull as much water from the ground as they want. By doing this, Californians are using groundwater at and unsustainable rate and will cause California to dry out completely if you do not act.
I urge you to sign the recent three-part bill for the regulation of groundwater that the State Senate and Congress have put on your desk. You must sign this bill into law in order to protect these valuable and finite water sources before it is too late. If you do not protect these resources you are not doing your duty as governor to protect the people of California from devastating harm in the long term.
[You Name Here]
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