Accelerating On-Farm Recharge in the San Joaquin Valley

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Using existing cropland for groundwater recharge could potentially be more cost-effective than dedicated recharge basins Groundwater overdraft has become a serious problem in many parts of California as water is being extracted at far greater rates than it is being replenished.  With above average precipitation forecast for the winter, Sustainable Conservation has been working with farmers, the Kings River Conservation […]

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Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: The importance of local agency and stakeholder participation

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A Local Government Commission webinar focuses on SGMA implementation on the local level covering land use issues, stakeholder participation, and more For implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to be a success, local governments and stakeholders need to be active participants in the process.  The Local Government Commission, a nonprofit working to foster innovation in local environmental sustainability, economic […]

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California Water Commission: Update on the Groundwater Sustainability Plan and Alternative Regulation


A look at potential regulation content: Governance, coordination agreements, and sustainable groundwater management planning At the December meeting of the California Water Commission, Senior Engineering Geologist for the Department of Water Resources Trevor Joseph updated the California Water Commission on potential regulation content of the groundwater sustainability plan and alternative regulation that is currently under development. Trevor Joseph began by […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 8: Economic issues and challenges of groundwater resources

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Dr. Richard Howitt says in the Central Valley, groundwater is all about economics 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 surrounding implementation of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The legislation, signed by Governor Brown last fall, set […]

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DWR and State Water Board discuss their roles in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act at public meeting in Sacramento

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Meeting presentations include a look at the State Water Board’s intervention process With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in the fall of last year, the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board have been busy working on tasks related to implementation of the legislation.  Recently, staff from both DWR and the State Water Board held […]

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This just in … DWR Achieves First Major Milestone as Final SGMA Groundwater Basin Boundary Regulations Go Into Effect; Plus funding opportunity for stressed basins

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From the Department of Water Resources: Reaching its first major milestone under the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today implemented new basin boundary regulations, a key provision of the groundwater law. Today’s action comes well in advance of the January 1, 2016 SGMA deadline, effectively giving local agencies an additional six weeks to […]

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This just in … California Water Commission adopts Groundwater Basin Boundary Regulation

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The regulation now heads to the Office of Administrative Law for processing From the Department of Water Resources: Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) took an important step forward today as the California Water Commission (CWC) adopted the new Department of Water Resources (DWR) groundwater basin boundary regulations. The regulations establish the process for local agencies to request […]

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California Water Commission: SGMA Implementation – Summary of Comments on Basin Boundary Regulation; Update on State Water Project Issues

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Presentation includes summary of comments received and planned revisions, as well as a new online tool; brief update on SWP projects and issues At the September meeting of the California Water Commission, commission members were briefed on the progress on the development of the basin boundary regulation, the first regulation that will be implemented as part of the Sustainable Groundwater […]

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Managing California’s Groundwater for Drought, Clean Water, Food Security, and Ecosystems

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Dr. Thomas Harter on the importance groundwater – a critical source of drinking water and drought insurance for 40% of our planet’s agriculture Dr. Thomas Harter, Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy at the University of California Davis, gave this presentation on groundwater earlier this year at the Beckman Center in Irvine as part of the […]

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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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