CA WATER COMMISSION: Update on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

DWR updates the Commissioners on the evaluation of alternative plans, basin boundary modifications, and basin prioritization At the November meeting of the California Water Commission, staff from the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program at the Department of Water Resources updated the Commissioners on the various activities of the Department to implement Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Taryn Ravazzini, the Deputy Director […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging legal issues in SGMA implementation

Panel discusses water rights and pumping allocations, groundwater recharge as a beneficial use, public trust doctrine and groundwater, and the fee authorities for GSAs In 2014, California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which required all groundwater basins designated as high or medium priority to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to prepare locally-developed plans to bring the basin into […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: Making groundwater a centerpiece of managing the droughts of the future

Four essential policy reforms are needed to reduce the social, economic, and environmental costs of future droughts, says Dr. Mount California’s climate is changing. Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years—are stressing the state’s water management system. Recent climate projections indicate that […]

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SURVEY: SGMA and water quality issues

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is seeking input via a survey on water quality as it relates to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) Regulations. The purpose of this survey is for DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Program (SGMP) to obtain feedback on water quality concerns, which will inform DWR’s continued assistance and guidance to […]

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FloodMAR: Using floodwaters for groundwater recharge

Kamyar Guivetchi on the importance of the Flood MAR concept and what DWR and other state agencies are doing to advance the concept Flood-MAR is an integrated water resource management strategy that uses flood waters resulting from rainfall or snowmelt for managed aquifer recharge on agricultural lands and working landscapes. Flood-MAR can also be implemented at multiple scales, from individual […]

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DWR SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT UPDATES for July 27

From the Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Basin Boundary Modifications Submission Period Extended to September The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has extended the Basin Boundary Modifications submission period to September 28, 2018, in response to comments received on the Draft 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization. The extension will allow additional opportunity for local agencies to consider basin […]

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Successful Groundwater Sustainability Planning

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 […]

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SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PGM: Basin Boundary Modifications submission period, public comment period on basin prioritization extended

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Basin Boundary Modifications Submission Period Extended The Department of Water Resources has extended the submission period for Basin Boundary Modifications from June 30, 2018, to July 31, 2018. The extension provides additional opportunity for local agencies to consider basin boundary modifications that support and promote sustainable groundwater management. The schedule for […]

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DR. JEFF MOUNT: The Consequences of Sustainable Groundwater Management

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 […]

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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 […]

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