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Department of Water Resources presents Basin Boundary Regulations at public meeting

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Public comment period on the draft regulations closes this Friday Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources held a public meeting to present the draft set of regulations for revising groundwater basin boundaries, the first set of regulations to be developed as part of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  The draft regulations were released in mid-July, initiating a comment period which […]

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California Water Commission: Critically Overdrafted Basins and Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations

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DWR’s Mary Scruggs gives more details on the draft list of critically overdrafted basins; plus an update on the development of groundwater sustainability plan regulations At the August meeting of the California Water Commission, Supervising Engineering Geologist Mary Scruggs briefed the Commission on DWR’s recent release of the draft list of Critically Overdrafted Basins, one of the provisions written into […]

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This just in … DWR Releases Draft List of Critically Overdrafted Groundwater Basins

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has made preliminary identification of 21 groundwater basins and subbasins that have been significantly overdrafted by excessive pumping and thus fall under the earliest deadlines required by groundwater management laws enacted last fall. Overdraft impacts include seawater intrusion and land subsidence, in addition to lowered    groundwater levels. DWR […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Update: Draft List of Critically Overdrafted Basins Available for Comment *** UPDATED with actual list

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From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) directs DWR to identify groundwater basins and subbasins that show obvious and significant negative impacts from chronic groundwater pumping. Those impacts include seawater intrusion, land subsidence, groundwater depletion, and/or chronic lowering of groundwater levels. DWR identified such basins in Bulletin-118, 1980 and in Bulletin […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act update: GSP webcast for Batch 1 now available, Batch 2 and Batch 3 meetings scheduled; Groundwater replenishment discussion paper; Draft basin boundary regs

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From the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Groundwater Sustainability Plan Draft Regulations Batch 1 Issues Webcast Recording Available On July 20, 2015, DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Program hosted an information meeting and webcast focusing on Batch 1 issues related to Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Draft Regulations: (1) Measurable Objectives and Interim Milestones, (2) Pre-SGMA Conditions and Undesirable Results, […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation: An overview of the basin boundary regulation

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Last Friday, the Department of Water Resources released the draft basin boundary regulations for public review and comment, the first set of regulations to be developed as part of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  Just days prior to that at the July meeting of the California Water Commission, Steven Springhorn from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) gave an informational […]

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California Water Commission: Update on the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Steven Springhorn, a member of the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Implementation Team, updated the California Water Commission at its June meeting on the status of implementation of the legislation. He discussed the basin boundary regulations, introduced the regulation for groundwater sustainability plan and alternatives, and gave an informational update on the current status of the formation of […]

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Groundwater adjudications in the age of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Panel of lawyers discuss the potential collision course of groundwater adjudications with the development of groundwater sustainability plans Prior to the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act last fall, groundwater disputes were typically resolved through groundwater adjudications – a lengthy and expensive process by most accounts, but with the new legislation setting up a process for managing groundwater, the […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 7: Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and the groundwater-surface water connection

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Maurice Hall, Thomas Harter, and Professor Richard Frank discuss the connection between groundwater and surface water using examples from the Central Valley and the Scott River Valley to illustrate their case This year’s California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, focused its attention on the issues and challenges […]

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California Water Commission: Groundwater Basin Boundary Regulations Update

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Update to commission includes background, an overview of existing groundwater basins, and summary of boundary issues; Public listening sessions to start next week In September of 2014, Governor Brown signed a package of three bills which has come to be known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  The Act creates a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the […]

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