CASGEM Report: DWR/Local Groundwater Monitoring Partnership Expands and Improves

From the Department of Water Resources: The latest update on California’s efforts to track groundwater shows that 94 percent of the state’s 127 high- and medium-priority groundwater basins are fully monitored and more than 1.5 million groundwater elevation measurements from across the state have been entered into the online system that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) manages in […]

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2014 Water Year in Review, Part 3: Groundwater, Delta smelt, and Sacramento’s response to the drought

At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions. In this final installment, Mary Scruggs from the Department of Water Resources discusses the impact the drought has had on the state’s groundwater resources, Mike Chotkowski with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

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This just in … Updated Report: Groundwater Resources Depleted By Drought

From the Department of Water Resources: Following one of the driest years on record when groundwater resources have provided an increasing percentage of California’s water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released an updated report on groundwater basins that details groundwater level changes, potential water shortages, land subsidence, farmland fallowing and gaps in groundwater monitoring. Drought conditions typically […]

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This just in … CASGEM posts list and map of unmonitored high and medium priority groundwater basins as of July 15; technical report and public comments also posted

The Department of Water Resources has produced a list and a map showing the high and medium priority groundwater basins that are not currently monitored under the CASGEM program. The list and map are available here. Also, the Final CASGEM Groundwater Basin Prioritization Technical Report and Appendix A (June 2014) have been posted on the Basin Prioritization Page. Public comments […]

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This just in … Final CASGEM Groundwater Basin Prioritization results now available

From the Department of Water Resources CASGEM program: “To meet requirements specified in the California Water Code, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) developed the CASGEM Basin Prioritization Process. In January, 2014, DWR published the draft results of the prioritization of California’s 515 groundwater basins and subbasins.   The CASGEM Program also held five workshops throughout the State to discuss the […]

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DWR releases report on groundwater basins with potential shortages, monitoring, gaps

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a report on groundwater showing that throughout California groundwater resources are at historically low levels. Directed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.’s emergency drought declaration in January, the report details basins with potential water shortages and gaps in groundwater monitoring. This report will form the basis […]

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California Water Commission: Update on DWR’s groundwater activities and the CASGEM program

At the March 19th meeting of the California Water Commission, Dan McManus, Senior Engineering Geologist for the Department of Water Resources discussed the Department’s groundwater efforts in response to the drought and how their efforts align the Governor’s Water Action Plan, and Mary Scruggs, Supervising Engineering Geologist, gave an update on the CASGEM (California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring) Program. Dan […]

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Groundwater at the Delta Stewardship Council, part 1: Subsidence in the Central Valley and an update on CASGEM

Groundwater is taking a much-needed leading role in water policy these days, with the drought and several state-led efforts, such as the State Water Board’s groundwater workplan and the California Water Action Plan, that are focused on improving the management and monitoring of groundwater.  More recently, there has been an effort from the Governor’s office to convene a group of […]

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