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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.

Announcements

New!Facilitation Support Services Survey
DWR is seeking input on the effectiveness of the Facilitation Support Services program to better understand local needs as GSAs progress towards Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) development. Please help us understand the successes and challenges by completing this quick survey.

New!SGMA Implementation Assistance Newsletter
DWR will be providing periodic SGMA Implementation Assistance Updates. These updates will provide information on various resources for GSAs such as financial, planning, and technical assistance, as well as highlights of major SGM program news or events.

SGMA Portal-GSA Formation Notification System
Local agencies are required to submit GSA formation notifications to DWR using the SGMA Portal-GSA Formation Notification System.

Comment Period for Alternative Submittals Extended
DWR has extended the public comment period on Alternative Submittals until April 1, 2017. Public comments can be submitted through the Alternative Reporting System.

GSA Formation Notification Tool Webinar
The GSA SGMA Portal webinar is posted on the DWR website for your convenience.

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.

Contact Us

Email: sgmps@water.ca.gov

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