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GROUNDWATER reflections quarterly newsletter

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California Groundwater Association officers include waterwell drilling and pump contractors, suppliers and manufacturers, geologists, engineers, and hydrologists. CGA officers represent over 40,000 groundwater professionals working with water well owners throughout California. Both Executive & Branch Officers serve 1 year terms. President Ronald Hedman Vice-President Mike Myer Treasurer Dave Fulton Secretary Michael Guardino Past-President Mike Maggiora Executive Director Elizabeth Cardwell Administrative Assistant Amanda Rae Smith Editorial Designer David Blue Garrison Additional Photography Pexels, Pixabay and Stocksnap Thank you to all the authors in this issue for sharing with us their time and expertise. If you have an idea for a future article, please contact Elizabeth Cardwell at the CGA office at ecardwell@groundh2o.org Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CGA. For more information on CGA or this newsletter, please contact the CGA office at 916.231.2134 or visit the website at www.groundh2o.org.

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CONTENT 4 LETTER FROM THE CGA PRESIDENT 5 LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 6 LETTER FROM THE CGAA PRESIDENT 8 How to update your Employee Benefit plan Compliance in the 21st century 10 California Groundwater Case May Be Reviewed by the United States Supreme Court 12 James Edwards’ legacy lives on in the Groundwater Industry. 14 Groundwater: Act Locally, Think Sustainably DRILL RIGS ‘07 Versadrill V2000NG:80K Lb Cap, CAT C18 $468K ‘03 Taylor SS 5000: 225K Lb Cap, Top Drive....$395K Drill Pipe/Collars · Handling Tools · More! GD 44M: Cumm BC 400, 61’ Mast, 10” RT......$335K GD 2000: 90K Lb Cap, (2) GD 6x10 Pumps......$295K Cooper LTO 550: 300K Lb Cap, Det Ser 60.........$245 ’91 IR TH100A: Topdrive, 59K Lb Pullback Cap$205K GD 3000: Top Drive, 250K Lb Cap, JD 8.1 Eng..$188K PUMP HOISTS Pulstar P38HD: 45K Lb Cap, Pete 335, CAT C7.$189K 2004 Pulstar P10: GMC C4500, 6.6L Duramax...$63K AIR COMPRESSORS (3) 2006 Sullair 1150x500, 1350x250: CAT C16.$60K ‘06 IR XHP 1170x350: CAT C15, 545 HP, 7K hrs.$33K Quincy Joy 1100x200: Det Ser 60,7000 hr, Skid$15K GD 1100x125: CAT 3408T, 425 HP, Skid Mntd....$9K MUD PUMPS 2009 GEFCO SS40T, 176K Lbs Cap $745K 2001 GEFCO SS40K, Topdrive $295K EWCO W440 Triplex: Det 8V71, 5 Speed Trans.$47K GD FO-FXO 7 1/4x10 Duplex: Bare Pump..........$18K GD FG-FXG 5x6 Duplex: Duetz Diesel, Skidded..$17K GASO 1800 4 1/4x6 Duplex: Duetz, Trlr Mntd...$17K Cont. Emsco D1000 8x18 Duplex: Bare Pump...$16K MUD MIXING SYSTEMS 220 BBL, Cent. Pumps, Shaker, Desand Cones..$35K 60 BBL/2400 Gall, 5x6 Cent Pump, 50 HP Elec..$13K 100 BBL/4200 Gall, 4x5 Shaker, 4x5 Cent Pump.$9K TRUCKS 1993 Frtlnr Flatbed Water Truck: Det Ser 60....$33K Triflo Mud System, 5000 Gall. $63K Sullair 1150/350, 900/500, 3/Axle $105K 1992 Freightliner FLD 120 Flatbed: Det Ser 60..$17K

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LETTER FROM THE CGA PRESIDENT Hello fellow CGA members, time is flying in 2017. We had our first Board Meeting in Sacramento under the guidance of Smith Moore and Associates, I call it success! DAC was attended, Thank You! We are in Tenaya for the next board meeting and looking forward to CGA strengthening its presence where needed in the legislative arena. It is a goal of the Executive Committee to have a branch participation event in September of this year, we are asking each branch to hold a meeting at minimum once a year with a core agenda that will be provided by SMA. Time has advanced and hope that CGA volunteers continue to grow as the experience has been work and home life enhancing for me personally. Well into the 2nd year of residing in the hot seat and excited to see the next officer come in line, it’s amazing to me to see each new Secretary and the commitment for a decade plus of dedication of contributions, each officer brings specific strengths that keep life in our association, makes us a great team. CGA is strength in numbers. Respectfully, Ron Hedman

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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As many of you know, CGA has seen a number of changes over the last few months, including a move to Sacramento and new staff! The first quarter of 2017 has been a whirlwind for us as we are learning the inner workings of CGA and getting to know some of the members. Over the last few months, we attended the 2017 Day at the Capitol, our first board meeting with the organization in Sacramento, and we are well underway in the planning of the 2017 Convention this October. With all of this change, we wanted to take this opportunity to share a little about ourselves so that you know who you are talking to when you call the CGA office. As the organization’s new Executive Director, I’ve been working in association management for nearly ten years, focusing on meetings and events, board governance and membership retention. In 2012, I received my Certified Meeting Professional designation and have been planning large scale conferences since. My “downtime” normally consists of playing with caring for my two wonderful boys ages 3 and 5, and my incredible husband; as well as spending a good amount of time with our extended family. When members call the office, they are likely first to talk with Amanda Smith. Amanda has been working at Smith Moore & Associates for a year and a half, and absolutely adores it. She is generally in charge of working with members, as well as updating and maintaining the website, accounts receivable, and events. The technical side of things is where her passion lies, so she enjoys spending time working in code, doing basic design, and programming. Prior to working at SMA she was a Fit Coach at a small gym in Roseville, and just before that she spent almost 3 years as a gymnastics coach. She has worked with children of all ages, and loved every second of it! We both look forward to the opportunity to help members of CGA and aid in the growth of the association. If you didn’t get to meet us at the 2016 Convention we sure hope to meet you at this years’, and if you need anything at all don’t hesitate to call and say hello! Thanks, Elizabeth Cardwell

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LETTER FROM THE CGAA President Spring is in the air, I say congratulations in print to Mrs. Anita Tullis for Woman of the Year, the appreciation in all that you do in past present and future for the industry and the CGA family. Well-deserved Anita!!! Kathy Rottman, Stephanie and Gary Mickelson, grateful for being in the right place at the right time and making it Anita’s moment! A 2nd note of glory to our VP Keri Greenwood for going above and beyond in making the CGAA luncheon truly Americana, lovely decorations and gratitude for both your vision and your execution! Our first board meeting in February was a successful turnout and though you may not always make it, come when you can, love to have you! It was a nice experience with our Executive Directorship, Elizabeth, Amanda, I like the way you put things into action!!! At Hedman Drilling, we call that Getter Done. We woman grow, improve, rework to make it work and just when the life we want seems within reach and able to breathe for a minute, no, stop, get up, do it all over again. Our industry is dealing with this where we seem to have agencies come at us hard for money with no value other than saying ok, pay the toll, now go ahead and work. This business is hard, frustrating and all too common in these times. Thank you to all the woman who support this industry and struggle with the opposition frequently. Don’t feel alone, don’t lose hope, and do what you can when you can to make things better. The CGAA will have their hands full for 2017. We have our 2nd Board meeting coming up the first weekend in May at the Tenaya lodge. We will continue to support the committees and the momentum already started for this year’s convention. If you know a candidate for Woman of the Year and deserves to be presented and honored during our convention, please submit information to me at vicky@ hedmandrilling.com. Thank you for reading and have a pleasant tomorrow… Hope to see you soon! Vicky Hedman

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How to update your Employee Benefit plan Compliance in the 21st century You just finished renewing your health insurance for the 2017 plan year. Communicating the new costs and benefits to the employees, processing the renewal paperwork, updating the employee files and changing the payroll deductions was a lot of work. Now is a good time to assess whether your current health and welfare plan is in compliance with the State and Federal laws that seem to be constantly changing under the Affordable Care Act. Compliance has become increasingly important for employers as the level of enforcement and audits by the DOL, IRS and EEOC has significantly increased. Financial penalties for failing to comply with reporting and notice requirements can be costly. For example, penalties of up to $1,000 per day may be assessed against plan administrators who fail to comply with annual reporting. Compliance questions you should consider: • You are a small company. What laws and regulations apply to you and what are the corresponding notices that are required to be distributed to your employees? • Do you have a process in place for keeping track of legal updates to help ensure your notices are up to date? • Do you have a process for tracking the distribution of the notices to your employees? • How effective and efficient are your current processes for communicating, distributing and tracking the required notices provided to your field employees? In Spanish too?

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After taking a few moments to ponder these questions, many employers realize that their plans may not be compliant and their processes for distributing and tracking employee notices could be significantly improved. Solution: As a member of the CGA, you have access to: The Compliance Basics Plus service from HR Service, Inc. provides “What you need to know and do, when it’s needed” to pass ERISA audits and avoid costly fines and lawsuits. To keep you up to date, the service includes monthly legal updates, due date reminders and training bulletins. Notices are streamlined with a customized all-in-one Employee Notice Service and triggering event notice templates. All of your notices, SPDs, 125 documents, SBCs, benefit summaries and other documents are conveniently stored in a co-branded online documents management center. Your new HR portal will streamline document distribution and make it easy to keep documents current and up-to-date.

For More Information, Contact: Kelly Doherty, Benefits Consultant California Groundwater Association Q&A Insurance Marketing, Inc. CA License 0B17048 (707)326-2031 Kelly@qaim.com

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California Groundwater Case May Be Reviewed by the United States Supreme Court Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. Policy and Research Advisor, Water Systems Council

The United States Supreme Court was recently asked to review an important groundwater decision issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The case is based in the Coachella Valley, where rainfall totals average 3-6 inches per year, and the Whitewater River System (the only real surface water in the area) produces 4,000-9,000 acre feet per year. Most of this river water production occurs in the winter months. Therefore, most water consumed in the region comes from groundwater. The Coachella Valley Groundwater Basin supports 9 cities, 400,000 people, and 66,000 acres of farmland. In Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District, 849 F.3d 1262 (Ninth Cir. 2017), the Tribe brought suit to have the court declare that the federal government had reserved groundwater rights for the tribe when the reservation was formed in the 1870’s. The Tribe does not currently pump groundwater, but receives surface water from the Whitewater River System pursuant to a 1938 adjudication. The Tribe additionally purchases groundwater from several water districts. The water districts argue that the federal government reserved no groundwater for the Tribe when the reservation was formed. The United States Supreme Court declared over 100 years ago that when the United States “withdraws its land from the public domain and reserves it for a federal purpose, the Government, by implication, reserves appurtenant water then unappropriated to the extent that needed to accomplish the purpose of the reservation.” This policy applies not only to Indian reservations, but to national parks or any other federal lands. Water is only reserved, however, to the extent it is necessary to accomplish the primary purpose of the reservation. When the reservation was formed, the Executive Order listed the purpose as to allow the tribe to “build comfortable houses, improve their acres and surround themselves with home comforts.” The court found that the reservation clearly reserved water rights for the tribe. The key question, however, was whether the reserved water right applies to groundwater. No United States Supreme Court case or other higher federal court

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has ruled on this issue. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals noted the requirement that the unappropriated water subject to the reservation of water rights must be “appurtenant to the reservation�. Finding that many locations in the western United States rely on groundwater, the court found that federal reserved water rights applies to groundwater. The water districts argued that because (1) the Tribe has surface water rights under an adjudication; (2) the Tribe has correlative water rights under state law; and, (3) the Tribe has not drilled for groundwater on the reservation, the Tribe should not be entitled to federal reserved water rights. The court, noting that federal water rights preempt state water rights, disagreed. Therefore, the court concluded that the Tribe holds federal reserved water rights in groundwater that are superior to state water rights in that same water. Shortly after, the decision, the water districts announced that the decision would be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. The Court should make a decision on whether to hear the case by late 2017. This case is important to water well contractors in California and across the country for several reasons. First, the case is the first to clearly apply the federal reserved water rights doctrine to groundwater. Much of the western United States contains large amounts of federal land that may hold reserved groundwater rights. Second, the court reinforced the rule that federal reserved water rights are superior to state water rights. Those that hold state water rights may feel comfortable that they will not be taken from them. If a federal right claims that water, however, state rights are lost, even where the federal rights holder has not asserted rights to the water for decades, or even centuries. Finally, the court found that the federal reserved water rights prevail even where the federal reservation has other sources of water. Groundwater supplies, already short in many areas in the western United States, may become even tighter, with a newly revealed claim trumping even long-established senior water rights.

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James Edwards’ legacy lives on in the Groundwater Industry. Jorn Daugbjerg, CSP, District Sales Manager, Groundwater/Irrigation

Following the untimely death of James Edwards on Sept. 2, 2014, Grundfos offered the “seed” money to sponsor the James Edwards “Celebration of Life” Scholarship through the California Groundwater Association. James was active in the CGA for many years and went through the chairs of the Manufacturer/Supplier Division, a second time, when there was no one willing to step into the role. James always had a heart for education and energetically campaigned in fund raising activities for CGA Scholarships. It is appropriate that scholarships be awarded in his name. The first James Edwards “Celebration of Life” $2,500 scholarship was awarded in 2015 to Katie Guardino pursuing degrees in History and Law at the University of Alabama. Katie was sponsored by Guardino Well Drilling in Morgan Hill, CA. Katie’s great-great grandfather was a founding member of the CGA. The 2016 recipient is Michelle Buller who is studying Business at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. Miss Buller is quoted as saying, “I would like to help educate and change the face of groundwater”. Michelle has worked in the Groundwater industry in both contracting and supplier roles. A third scholarship will be awarded in 2017. James Edwards was a Grundfos employee for nearly 30 years. James started in Service, then worked at Grundfos Pump and Supply in Fresno, and was Operations Manager at the Dallas Regional Distribution Center before returning to Fresno where he worked for some time in Customer Service as an Applications Engineer. During his is last 13 years at Grundfos, James was a District Sales Manager in the Western Region. For much of the last few years James struggled with illness, but never complained. James was always a helper, mentor and a friend. He embodied all of the values that sets Grundfos apart in this industry.

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Groundwater: Act Locally, Think Sustainably Lori Pottinger

The complex challenges that the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act aims to resolve don’t lend themselves to quick fixes. With the deadline for the first major step—forming “groundwater sustainability agencies” in affected basins— coming up in June, we asked Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, about progress to date. the law so far?

PPIC: How are California communities doing in implementing

Karen Ross: I’ve been very impressed with how implementation is progressing. Clearly, people realize it’s time to address groundwater sustainability, and they are working together at the local level because they prefer that to state action. This is a big undertaking because to address groundwater covers areas like land use and economic development for cities and counties. So the progress made on establishing the governance structure is just the first step. The next step is the hard part: putting together plans that will bring basins back into water balance. That will require very difficult decisions about how the resource is allocated and managed. The state is supporting this process in a number of ways. Our colleagues at the Department of Water Resources (DWR) have a huge role to play in supporting the process by establishing guidance for governance structures and the criteria for what constitutes a sustainable groundwater plan. The state is backing that up with facilitation and financial support. For example, DWR awarded $6.7 million in grants last year to 21 counties for groundwater planning projects, and just last month the Department of Food and Agriculture and DWR announced a joint $6 million water efficiency grant program for agricultural water suppliers and farmers. PPIC: What big challenges do you think will result? KR: Some of the critically overdrafted basins will have challenges getting back into balance, and many of these areas are dependent on agriculture as the primary engine for their local economy. The state of the basins is directly impacted by

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the lack of surface water over time. Tough decisions will have to be made about demand management, potential fallowing, and how to balance the human impacts we saw during the drought, like drinking water supplies and jobs. It won’t be easy to bring all parties to the table to address these issues―not to mention the specific trade-offs needed to bring the water supply back into balance. But we must ensure that all have a voice in determining the governance structure and taking part in the planning process. That is critical to success. PPIC: What kinds of opportunities do you think will arise for communities implementing the law? KR: I see a unique opportunity to unite communities in a deep and lasting way. This is a chance to help determine the future of their community. People must work together to maintain a thriving local economy, their quality of life, and environmental quality. What these communities face is daunting. While it is easy for me in my position to be optimistic about future progress in maintaining sustainability in a special part of California, we must all recognize that building resiliency for the long term will be hard work. But future generations will thank us—just as we owe previous generations a debt of gratitude for the vision, the leadership, and the investment they made in the infrastructure for agriculture and rural California that we enjoy today. LEARN MORE Watch “Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” a video featuring Secretary Ross and other panelists (October 21, 2016) Read “Reforming California’s Groundwater Management,” (PPIC fact sheet, June 2015) Visit the PPIC Water Policy Center

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A Suggestion From the Education Chairman Tim Guishard

The education committee has been working hard to create a number of educational opportunities for CGA members. Most of these sessions have been (or will be) approved for CEU’s in several water related trades and states. • In May we have an all day session in Fresno, CA on Disinfecting Wells, with an emphasis on flooded wells. The world renown speaker Dave Hanson will be the primary speaker for this event. • In September we have an all day session in Anaheim, CA, and will be repeating our well attended Regulator Training Session, with the prime focus on annular seals. • In October we have 3-days of training at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno NV. We have speakers lined up on topics from: CARB, DOT and OSHA compliance, solar pumps, well blasting and destruction, water meters, The California Legislative Process, a super informative and funny speaker on water law, a nationally recognized speaker on groundwater quality, to spotlights on new products from several vendors. More speakers are being added each week. For those of you needing Nevada specific Driller contact hours we have that as well. To end the sessions on Saturday, we will have something special to attend tasting some type of adult beverage. I hope you can make time in your busy schedules to attend some of these sessions, as I guaranty you will learn something you did not know in every topic. Respectfully, Tim Guishard

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