PANEL: The groundwater-surface water nexus & the State Water Resources Control Board

The passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act enacted a program for statewide management of groundwater, defining new roles for state agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board.  In March of 2017, McGeorge School of Law held a symposium in honor the 50th anniversary of the State Water Resources Control Board explored the topic of “Integrating Water Quality & […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects

DWR to hold Three Public Meetings on Draft Grant Proposal Solicitation Package From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the release of its 2017 Draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects. The grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond overwhelmingly approved by California voters in […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation update

DWR update provides an overview of GSA formation to date and a preview of new tools to aid GSAs in developing their groundwater sustainability plans At the April meeting of the California Water Commission, Trevor Joseph and Steven Springhorn with the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management program gave a high-level overview of how groundwater sustainability agency formation is […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Program News

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation As of May 2, 2017: 188 local agencies (including coordinated efforts by a combination of local agencies) have submitted GSA formation notifications. Many local agencies have submitted multiple notifications in multiple basins. The 188 local agencies account for 301 separate areas in 115 basins. Of […]

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New SGMA materials available on State Water Board website

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Board’s Groundwater Management Program recently issued letters to each county regarding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  The letter is intended as a friendly reminder of the upcoming SGMA deadline for formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. The letters included the following, which are available on the State Water Board’s website: […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Implications of SGMA implementation: Growers’ perspectives

How will sustainable groundwater management play out on the ground?  Will land be fallowed?  Can yields be somehow increased to make up for lost production? Panel of growers give their perspectives The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires the creation of local agencies to develop and implement plans to manage their groundwater basins sustainably within 20 years.  Sustainable groundwater management is […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing SGMA – How Are We Getting There?

Panel presentations highlight how the Sacramento Valley, Madera County, Monterey County, and Ventura County are working to establish Groundwater Sustainability Agencies The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in the fall of 2014, established a new structure for managing California’s groundwater resources at a local level.  The legislation requires that by June 30, 2017, locally-controlled groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) must […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: Briefing on the Water Available for Replenishment Report

DWR’s Jim Wieking briefs California Water Commission on the report concept and what’s in it; also an update on the Water Storage Investment Program At the March meeting of the California Water Commission, Jim Wieking from the Department of Water Resource’s Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management briefed the Commissioners on the Water Available for Replenishment Report (WAFR). The Department […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Updated Frequently Asked Questions on Groundwater Sustainability Agencies now available

The State Water Board has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs).  The FAQ is available for download at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/gmp/docs/eligbility/gsa_faq.pdf. For information about the State Water Board’s role in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), visit http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/gmp.

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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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