Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

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

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

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

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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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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Implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: The importance of local agency and stakeholder participation

A Local Government Commission webinar focuses on SGMA implementation on the local level covering land use issues, stakeholder participation, and more For implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to be a success, local governments and stakeholders need to be active participants in the process.  The Local Government Commission, a nonprofit working to foster innovation in local environmental sustainability, economic […]

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California Water Commission: Update on the Groundwater Sustainability Plan and Alternative Regulation

A look at potential regulation content: Governance, coordination agreements, and sustainable groundwater management planning At the December meeting of the California Water Commission, Senior Engineering Geologist for the Department of Water Resources Trevor Joseph updated the California Water Commission on potential regulation content of the groundwater sustainability plan and alternative regulation that is currently under development. Trevor Joseph began by […]

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Groundwater problems and prospects, part 8: Economic issues and challenges of groundwater resources

Dr. Richard Howitt says in the Central Valley, groundwater is all about economics This year’s California Water Policy Seminar Series, presented by the UC Davis School of Law and the Center for Watershed Sciences, focused its attention on the issues and challenges surrounding implementation of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The legislation, signed by Governor Brown last fall, set […]

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DWR and State Water Board discuss their roles in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act at public meeting in Sacramento

Meeting presentations include a look at the State Water Board’s intervention process With the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in the fall of last year, the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board have been busy working on tasks related to implementation of the legislation.  Recently, staff from both DWR and the State Water Board held […]

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