The importance of governance and institutional design for achieving groundwater sustainability in California

Dr. Michael Kiparsky briefs the California Water Commission on a new report on designing effective groundwater sustainability agencies Designing institutions for sustainable groundwater management is one of the most pressing challenges for SGMA implementation.  With the recent passage of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, the task of successful implementation of those plans rests in these now-forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies.  These […]

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California Water Commission: SGMA Implementation – Update on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) regulation

Department of Water Resources staff review all the comments received on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, and discuss possible revisions in response to those comments At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, the staff from the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program discussed the comments received on the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulation during the […]

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SGMA implementation: An overview of the draft groundwater sustainability plan and alternatives regulation, and summary of comments received to date

Presentation focuses on plan content and evaluation, as well as a summary of public comment heard to date Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act continues marching forward on schedule.  The public comment period for the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations closes on April 1st, and this week, the Department of Water Resources is holding a series of public meetings […]

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Modeling as a Tool for Water Resources Planning and Decision Making

Presentation at the California Water Commission looks at how models would be used in evaluating water storage projects for possible funding At the February meeting of the California Water Commission, Supervising Engineer Jenny Marr gave a presentation to the commissioners on modeling as a tool for water resources planning and decision making with a focus on how models might be […]

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SGMA implementation: An overview of the draft groundwater sustainability plan and alternatives regulation

The draft regulation covers the preparation, contents, and reporting requirements for groundwater sustainability plans, as well as how those plans will be implemented ‘On February 18th, the Department of Water Resources released the draft regulation for groundwater sustainability plans and alternatives, the second of the two regulations called for in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  The release of the draft […]

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Considering climate change in water resources planning

A look at the DWR’s efforts to address climate change impacts, as well as the modeling tools used in climate change analysis Climate change presents critical challenges for California water resources management.  In recognition of this fact, the Department of Water Resources conducts a wide range of climate change activities, including support for climate change analysis and adaptation planning by […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Update: Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations

DWR’s Trevor Joseph highlights the upcoming draft regulations, due to be released later this month At the January meeting of the California Water Commission, Supervising Engineering Geologist Trevor Joseph updated commission members on the draft emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations, which are due to be released for public comment later this month.  In his presentation, he gave an overview of […]

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Accelerating On-Farm Recharge in the San Joaquin Valley

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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This just in … California Water Commission Begins Formal Rulemaking Process for Water Storage Investment Program Regulations

Here is the press release from the Department of Water Resources: The California Water Commission today began the formal rulemaking process with the Office of Administrative Law for the first draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program. Today also begins a 45- day comment period on the draft regulations, with written public comments accepted through March 14, 2016. Commission […]

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Comment Period for Water Storage Investment Program Regulations

From the California Water Commission: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for proposed regulations regarding the California Water Commission’s Water Storage Investment Program:  Proposition 1 requires the Commission to adopt regulations for the quantification and management of the public benefits of water storage projects by December 15, 2016. Public comments regarding the proposed regulation will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March […]

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