STATE WATER BOARD: Update on temporary water right permits for groundwater recharge

The ongoing statewide drought and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act have triggered increased interest in capturing high surface water flows for the purpose of recharging groundwater basins. As part of the Executive Order Governor Brown issued in November 2015, the State Water Board was directed to expedite temporary permits for capturing high precipitation events for local storage or […]

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The role of adjudications in groundwater governance and management

At the San Gabriel Valley Water Forum held in the fall of 2016, Bill Blomquist, a professor of political science and adjunct professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University at Purdue, gave this presentation on lessons learned from how adjudicated basins have handled groundwater management in California. Bill Blomquist’s research interests concern governmental organization and public policy, with a […]

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THIS JUST IN … Water Scarce to Recharge Groundwater Basins, New DWR Report Shows

Recent storms underscore the need for more innovation and investment From the Department of Water Resources: A first-of-its-kind analysis of California’s water resources shows that bringing local groundwater basins into sustainable balance — as state law demands – will require investments and innovations in integrated water management including conservation, storm water capture, recycling, desalination, water transfers, diversion, conveyance and storage. […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR publishes Best Management Practices for the sustainable management of groundwater

From the Department of Water Resources: Today, DWR published Best Management Practices (BMPs), a series of five documents that provide regulatory clarification, technical guidance, and general examples to assist groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) and inform local agencies and stakeholders. The BMPs will serve as an important reference as GSAs develop their plans to sustainably manage California’s groundwater basins. The BMPs […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Issues Update to State’s “Go-To” Groundwater Publication

Update will help local agencies meet Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requirements From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued an interim update to its Bulletin 118 series, California’s Groundwater, with key information to help local agencies meet requirements and deadlines under the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted in 2014. SGMA requirements […]

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PPIC POLICY PRIORITIES FOR CA WATER: Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Secretary Karen Ross, Thad Bettner, and Eric Averett discuss how implementation of the state’s historic groundwater legislation is progressing as key deadlines approach The passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014 set a path forward managing groundwater sustainably in California.  The legislation mandates that groundwater be managed locally, and set specific deadlines for groundwater agencies to be formed […]

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Stormwater capture, treatment and recharge for urban water supply

Dr. Richard Luthy presents the latest research on stormwater treatment systems can be used to recharge groundwater Traditionally, the approach to stormwater management viewed urban runoff as a flood management problem in which stormwaters need to be conveyed as quickly as possible from urban areas to waterways in order to protect public safety and property. Consequently, stormwater has been seen […]

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Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Dr. Thomas Harter gives an overview of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the key components of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan,and how to address uncertainty In the fall of 2014, Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, bringing groundwater management under regulation for the first time.  The central principle of the legislation is that groundwater is best managed at the […]

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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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Stanford researchers highlight steps toward sustainable groundwater management in California

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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