SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM NEWS: Sustainable management criteria public meetings; Basin boundary modifications; Guidance documents for engagement and communication; and more …

From DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Sustainable Management Criteria Public Meetings & Webcast The Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Program will host three public meetings next week introducing its newest Best Management Practice (BMP) publication, Sustainable Management Criteria (SMC).  This BMP characterizes the relationship between the different sustainable management criteria – the sustainability goal, undesirable results, minimum thresholds, […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on SGMA Implementation

Staff: Formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies has been successful At the State Water Resources Control Board meeting on August 15th, staff from both the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board were on hand to deliver this update on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation and planned state intervention actions. The agenda item was introduced by Erik Ekdahl, […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Sustainable Groundwater Management Program News for August 23

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Basin Boundary Modification OPEN NOW – Required Initial Notification period.  Local agencies intending to submit a Basin Boundary modification request are required to submit an “Initial Notification” of their intent within 15 days of a local agency’s decision to explore basin modification. Initial Notifications can be submitted and viewed at http://sgma.water.ca.gov/basinmod/ Tentative Schedule January […]

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SGMA IMPLEMENTATION: Sharing Groundwater: A Robust Framework and Implementation Roadmap for Sustainable Groundwater Management in California

“If you focus with pride in building the best water allocation system you possibly can have, rather than saying SGMA is a problem, you’ll see it as the smartest thing you ever got into,” says Mike Young Undoubtedly for some, the specter of the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is a fearsome and expensive thing, fraught with difficulties […]

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Program News for June 28

From the Department of Water Resources, Sustainable Groundwater Management Program: Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation The June 30, 2017, statutory deadline for GSA formation is this Friday. Local agencies will be submitting new GSA formation notifications, withdrawing and re-submitting coordinated GSA formation efforts, and resolving existing overlap by re-submitting GSA boundary shapefiles through June 30th. Per Water Code Section 10723.8(b), […]

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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: Local perspectives on groundwater management

A look at how GSA formation is going in the Pajaro Valley, Yolo County, and Sacramento regions With the deadline to form groundwater sustainability agencies looming just weeks in the future, at the April meeting of the California Water Commission, commissioners heard from three groundwater managers about how implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is playing out in their […]

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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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