SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MGT PRGM: Newsletter for May 10

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program:

SGMA Assistance Workshops – Presentation and Webinar Recording Online

On April 27, 2018, DWR hosted a Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Assistance webinar. The webinar featured program updates as well as important information about new tools and resources available to Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and local agencies developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs).

New resources and datasets discussed include:

In case you missed it, check out a recording of the webinar and the presentation online at https://www.water.ca.gov/News/Events/All-Events/SGMA-Assistance-Workshops

California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Portal

The CNRA Open Data Platform has been developed to provide access to important data to citizens, agencies, and interested stakeholders. The Open Data Portal publishes data collected by the state and is provided in a format that is easy to search, download, and combine with other datasets from other sources. Data and datasets found on the portal can also be used for the development of GSPs.

Popular datasets found in the portal include: continuous groundwater level measurements, well completion reports, periodic groundwater level measurements, and water quality data.

Access the portal and find out more at https://data.cnra.ca.gov/

Technical Support Services to Aid GSP Development Available

Technical Support Services (TSS) are new comprehensive services being offered by DWR to support local planning and provide technical assistance for developing GSPs. These services can help with groundwater level monitoring, fill data gaps, and develop monitoring networks. Applications for services will be evaluated on a continuous basis and need to be submitted through the online application system.

Services include:

  • Monitoring Well Installation
    • Geophysical logging
    • Geologic logging
  • Groundwater Level Monitoring Training
  • Borehole/Well Video Logging
  • Modeling Support and Training
  • And other Field Activities

See the TSS Factsheet for more information on how to apply for TSS at: https://www.water.ca.gov/-/media/DWR-Website/Web-Pages/Programs/Groundwater-Management/Assistance-and-Engagement/Files/SGMA-Technical-Support-Services-TSS-Fact-Sheet.pdf

TSS information can also be found online under Programs >Groundwater Management > SGMA Groundwater Management > SGMA Facilitation & Technical Support Services

Facilitation Support Services to support GSP Development Available

DWR is continuing to offer Facilitation Support Services (FSS) to GSAs to help with the active involvement of diverse social, cultural and economic interests.

Services include:

  • Stakeholder identification and engagement
  • Public outreach facilitation
  • GSA meeting facilitation
  • Consensus building

GSAs developing GSPs, or other groups coordinating with GSAs in developing GSPs are eligible to apply for this service.

Access the online application at http://sgma.gsae.water.ca.gov/SGMPUB/Facilitation/FSSApp.aspx

For more information or help starting a FSS application, contact DWR’s regional office coordinators at sgmp_rc@water.ca.gov .

FSS information can be found online under Programs >Groundwater Management > SGMA Groundwater Management > SGMA Facilitation & Technical Support Services

SGMA Materials Available in Spanish

Stakeholder outreach and engagement is a crucial element of GSA and GSP development and it is important to connect with a wide variety of communities throughout California. DWR recognizes that many local agencies have been engaging with Spanish-speaking communities and additional information about the implementation of SGMA is needed. Now available on our website are links to two SGMA brochures translated in Spanish:

DWR is in the process of having additional materials translated and will make the materials available on our Assistance and Engagement webpage at https://www.water.ca.gov/Programs/Groundwater-Management/Assistance-and-Engagement

Fall 2017 Groundwater Level Data Summary Online

In this biannual summary, DWR presents fall 2017 groundwater level data available in the DWR groundwater level database as of February 21, 2018, and includes a discussion of fall 2017 data coverage and groundwater level trends. The report shows that while groundwater levels rose due to the record setting precipitation of 2017, groundwater levels have not returned to pre-drought 2011 levels.

Read the summary here: https://www.water.ca.gov/-/media/DWR-Website/Web-Pages/Programs/Groundwater-Management/Data-and-Tools/Files/Statewide-Reports/Fall-2017-Groundwater-Level-Data-Summary.pdf

The Spring 2017 Groundwater Level Data Summary is also available online at https://www.water.ca.gov/-/media/DWR-Website/Web-Pages/Programs/Groundwater-Management/Data-and-Tools/Files/Statewide-Reports/Spring-2017-Groundwater-Level-Data-Summary.pdf

DID YOU KNOW?

Previous estimates of groundwater overdraft in California suggested that California’s aquifers statewide were being overdrafted between 1 million acre-feet (maf) and 2 maf per year; based on the results of the DWR change in groundwater storage tool, the reduction in groundwater in storage within the reporting area of the Central Valley is estimated to be between 1.1 maf and 2.6 maf per year between spring 2005 and spring 2010.

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