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Posts by Heather Whitham

Assembly Member Achadjian Honored at California Special District Association Event

The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a non-profit association that promotes good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy, and other services for all types of independent special districts. Special districts include water, park and recreation, fire, harbor and community services districts among others.

The San Luis Obispo Chapter of the CSDA is composed of many of the special districts located in SLO County. 

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Rebates for Turf Removal Conservation Programs Excluded from Gross Income

Both the Governor of California and the County Board of Supervisors have declared drought emergencies. As a result of the record drought conditions facing California, many local water agencies have established cash for grass or other reimbursement programs aimed at encouraging property owners to replace grass with drought tolerant landscaping.

Many cities, including Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach, have adopted turf removal conservation programs, which offer a rebate for the elimination of turf, which is replaced with drought tolerant plants or mulch. Arroyo Grande estimates that approximately 60% of the City’s water is used for irrigation, largely for turf areas.

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New Groundwater Legislation Takes Effect January 2015

New laws will soon change the way one of the most significant sources of California’s water supply is governed. In the wake of the worst drought in California history, the state’s legislature adopted a three bill package at the close of the 2014 legislative session that regulates California groundwater. The new laws take effect on January 1, 2015. While the California Constitution requires the reasonable and beneficial use of water, California was one of only a few states that did not significantly regulate groundwater until now.

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