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

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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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Stanford researchers highlight steps toward sustainable groundwater management in California

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Survey of groundwater professionals points to need for standardized data monitoring and makes policy recommendations for successful implementation of historic groundwater legislation. From the Stanford News Service: After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, historic groundwater legislation has brought California to the cusp of a new era of water management. Meeting the law’s goals, however, will require […]

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Panel discussion: Strange bed flows: Managing groundwater and stream flow

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Panel tackles the question of what is a ‘groundwater-dependent ecosystem’ and how that fits into the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, was passed in 2014 by the state legislature, and for the first time, it requires agencies around the state to sustainably manage their groundwater basins.  SGMA requires that in operating the groundwater basin […]

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

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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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This just in … DWR Regulations to Guide Local Sustainable Groundwater Management Plans Approved by California Water Commission

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) regulations that will guide local groundwater sustainability agency management and regulation of California’s groundwater basins as outlined in the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2014 were approved by the California Water Commission today. The approved emergency regulations now will […]

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

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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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Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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Panel at the California Water Law Symposium explores the issues and potential conflicts around implementation of groundwater management at the local agency level In the face of severe ongoing drought, many farmers and communities have turned to groundwater basins to supplement or replace their unavailable surface water supplies,. with disastrous results in some cases.  Over-pumping of groundwater has depleted aquifers, […]

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

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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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The Tipping Point: How 2016 will shape California’s water future

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SGMA implementation and the spending rules for Prop 1 water storage funds all present important opportunities to change California’s water management practices, say the Union of Concerned Scientists With the state remaining gripped in drought and El Nino not providing the hoped-for relief, drought and climate change impacts are being felt statewide, and the state is poised to address these […]

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This just in … DWR releases draft regulations for managing groundwater basins sustainably

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From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources  (DWR) today released draft regulations that will assist local public agencies and groundwater sustainability agencies  to manage and regulate California’s groundwater basins as outlined in the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, enacted by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in September 2014. An overview of the draft regulations was presented […]

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