A coalition of state officials, water interests and private foundations has launched a website to promote the idea that government regulation is needed to safeguard California’s groundwater supplies.

The site, groundwatervoices.com, is the product of work by the California Water Foundation. The foundation took on the groundwater question at the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown. Several bills currently working their way through the Legislature would create a system of statewide regulation of groundwater largely managed through local government agencies.

Lester Snow, a former director of the California Department of Water Resources, is executive director of the California Water Foundation.

“This new website is a great resource for the latest information on our state’s groundwater basin,” Snow said. “Because groundwater is locked away, hidden beneath our roads, backyards and open spaces, it is difficult for Californians to understand the importance of its uses and the problems created by its depleted levels.”

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