From the Department of Water Resources: As many as two million water wells tap California’s groundwater, with approximately 7,000 to 15,000 new wells constructed each year. They range from hand-dug, shallow wells to carefully designed large -production wells drilled to great depths. The Department of Water Resources is responsible for developing minimum well standards for four types of wells, […]» Read more
Ellen Hanak delivers four priorities for managing the implementation of SGMA in the San Joaquin Valley The San Joaquin Valley is California’s largest agricultural region and an important contributor to the nation’s food supply, producing more than half of the state’s agricultural output. Irrigated agriculture is the region’s main economic driver and predominant water user. However, the San Joaquin Valley […]» Read more
CA IRRIGATION INSTITUTE: Groundwater Sustainability Plan development: How is it going on the ground?
A San Joaquin Valley perspective, a Sacramento Valley perspective, a researcher’s perspective and a consultant’s perspective on GSP development Since the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014, people across the state have been working to implement the legislation. With Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) formed to manage the groundwater basins that are subject to SGMA, the agencies […]» Read more
Take a Survey on Energy Used For Groundwater Pumping The California Energy Commission has funded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to survey municipal and agriculture water suppliers on the challenges of reducing energy associated with pumping groundwater. If you are at least 18 years of age, work for either a retail or wholesale water supplier, or a water supplier that delivers water for […]» Read more
Data shows groundwater recharge in the region has declined by 1.1 MAF since 2000; storage remains at unhealthy levels At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Senior Engineer Matt Hacker updated the committee members on regional groundwater conditions, including groundwater production, recharge, and storage conditions. There are 88 groundwater basins and subbasins within the Metropolitan service […]» Read more
Dudek hydrogeologist Jill Weinberger discusses groundwater sustainability planning and lessons learned California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires all groundwater basins designated as medium or high priority to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to achieve sustainable management by 2040-2042. In this webinar, Jill Weinberger, a hydrogeologist with Dudek, gives a high-level overview of the groundwater sustainability planning process and […]» Read more
In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which mandates that areas that depend upon groundwater achieve sustainability by 2040. Meeting the requirements of SGMA will mean a net reduction in groundwater overdraft of about 2 million acre-feet per year. The social, economic and environmental consequences—intended or otherwise—of this change in water policy are vast. Dr. Jeffrey Mount […]» Read more
SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT: Can California successfully integrate groundwater and surface water under SGMA?
Maurice Hall and Kevin O’Brien present differing scenarios for how Groundwater Sustainability Agencies might address surface water impacts of groundwater pumping “The year 2014 was historic for groundwater in many ways,” began Moderator Dorene O’Adamo, member of the State Water Resources Control Board. “First, while it wasn’t recognized at the time, the state was well into one of the most […]» Read more
A seminar at McGeorge School of Law takes a deep dive into groundwater rights and SGMA California depends on groundwater for a major portion of its annual water supply, and sustainable groundwater management is essential to a reliable and resilient water system. In recognition of this, the legislature passed a three-bill package known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in […]» Read more
From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program Webinar for NEW GSP Initial Notification System Join the Department of Water Resources for a webinar on how to use the new Groundwater Sustainability Plan Initial Notification System. January 19, 2018 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. Please access the webinar here . The link will go live approximately 15 minutes before the start […]» Read more