From the Department of Water Resources’ Sustainable Groundwater Management Program:
Technical Support Services Now Available!
As a part of our ongoing mission to provide technical and planning assistance to GSAs, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program is pleased to announce Technical Support Services (TSS) to assist with GSP development. These vital services will aid GSAs at the regional and statewide scales to help fill data gaps, develop monitoring networks, and build the capacity needed to achieve sustainability.
Benefits of the SGMA Data Viewer include access to many existing SGMA-related datasets, reduced costs to GSAs and landowners, increased data sharing among GSAs, and convenient data access and download.
The SGMA Viewer can also be found online under Programs > Groundwater Management > SGMA Groundwater Management > Data and Tools > Mapping
Natural Communities Commonly Associated with Groundwater (NCCAG) Dataset Viewer
SGMA and DWR’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations establish new requirements on the elements that GSAs are to include in GSPs. One of those requirements is the identification of, and where appropriate, impacts on groundwater dependent ecosystems. The Natural Communities dataset is a compilation of 48 publicly available State and Federal agency datasets that map vegetation, wetlands, springs, and seeps in California. DWR created the NCCAG dataset to assist GSAs in the preparation and implementation of GSPs.
The NCCAG Dataset Viewer provides efficient access to the Natural Communities dataset and related source datasets, allowing both query and download of features in the NCCAG Dataset and query of source data sets used in the development of the NCCAG Dataset.
Find more information about the NCCAG Dataset Viewer review the Summary Document.
The NCCAG Dataset Viewer can also be found online under Programs > Groundwater Management > SGMA Groundwater Management > Data and Tools > Mapping
Draft Climate Change Guidance Document and Dataset Now Available
DWR is providing data, tools, and guidance to assist GSAs with incorporating climate change into their GSPs.
DWR has published the draft Guidance for Climate Change Data Use During Sustainability Plan Development document. The purpose of this document is to provide Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and other stakeholders with information regarding climate change datasets for use in developing GSPs. The datasets and methodologies referred to in the document are provided as guidance to GSAs to develop projected water budgets.
DWR has designated Basin Points-of-Contact to assist local agencies and GSAs as GSPs are developed and implemented and to assist with application for Technical Support Services and Facilitation Support Services. To determine your Basin Point-of-Contact, please see the following links that provide maps and contact information regarding each groundwater basin:
State Water Board Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Program (Round 2) – Public Workshop April 30, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board – Sacramento Office, 11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200
Proposition 1 was passed by voters in November 2014 and provided $900 million for a Groundwater Sustainability Program (Assembly Bill 1471, Chapter 10). The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is administering $800 million to prevent and cleanup contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water. The funds are available as grants.
Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable: Restoration and Management for Sustainability May 3-4, 2018
Sonoma County Water Agency – Westside Water Education Center
The Roundtable will include panel presentations by DWR on the California Water Plan Update 2018, Partnerships on Atmospheric Rivers, Drought, and Flood in the Russian River Watershed, Partnerships on Sustainable Groundwater Management, and Innovation and Technology for Water. Find more information and register here.
GRACAST: Water Well Rehabilitation- Video Logging Techniques for Planning and Process Assessment May 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Groundwater Resources Association is hosting a GRACAST to present tools for selecting rehabilitation methodology and improved interpretation of the rehabilitation effort for downhole video logging. Find more information and register here.
The Groundwater Resources Association is hosting a workshop on Groundwater Sustainability Plan development that provides participants a series of applied, table top exercises designed to tackle the challenges of SGMA. The workshop will include guidance and technical support from DWR staff. Register and find more information online here.