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For the first time in California history, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) established a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management. SGMA requires groundwater-dependent regions to halt overdraft and bring basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. Upon passage of SGMA, DWR launched the Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Program to implement the law and provide ongoing support to local agencies around the state. Looking for information about Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, resources available to local agencies and the public, the latest tools and guidance in managing groundwater basins sustainably? You’ve reached the right place.


New!Draft BMP 6: Sustainable Management Criteria New!Public Meetings Scheduled
DWR released the draft BMP 6: Sustainable Management Criteria. The formal comment period began on November 7, 2017 and will end on January 8, 2018. Comments received on this document are posted. Local agencies and interested parties are encouraged to attend the scheduled public meetings.

SGM Program News

The SGM Program publishes a twice monthly electronic newsletter to keep you informed about SGM Program news and other announcements. Subscribe to receive updates on current and future SGM Program activities.

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

In September of 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed a three-bill package known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act:

  • Establishes a definition of “sustainable groundwater management”
  • Requires that a Groundwater Sustainability Plan be adopted for the most important groundwater basins in California
  • Establishes a timetable for adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans
  • Empowers local agencies to manage basins sustainably
  • Establishes basic requirements for Groundwater Sustainability Plans
  • Provides for a limited state role

“A central feature of these bills is the recognition that groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally.” –Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Program Draft Strategic Plan

DWR’s Draft Strategic Plan outlines key actions DWR will undertake over the next several years to position itself to better support local agencies across California to achieve sustainable groundwater management.

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P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, California 94236-0001
Attn: Lauren Hersh, Rm 201