THIS JUST IN … DWR publishes Best Management Practices for the sustainable management of groundwater

From the Department of Water Resources:

Today, DWR published Best Management Practices (BMPs), a series of five documents that provide regulatory clarification, technical guidance, and general examples to assist groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) and inform local agencies and stakeholders. The BMPs will serve as an important reference as GSAs develop their plans to sustainably manage California’s groundwater basins.

The BMPs cover five topics:

  1. Monitoring Protocols, Standards, and Sites
  2. Monitoring Networks and Identification of Data Gaps
  3. Hydrogeological Conceptual Model
  4. Water Budget
  5. Modeling

In addition to the topics addressed in the BMPs, DWR also drafted Guidance Documents for topic areas unique to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), including a preparation checklist for submitting a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to DWR and a GSP annotated outline. Guidance Documents provide suggestions, with supporting graphics, for developing certain components where no established practice in the water management industry exists.

The BMPs and Guidance Documents can be viewed and downloaded on the website at


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