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Advisory Groups

DWR will establish effective communication pathways between stakeholder organizations through the implementation of advisory groups to ensure these organizations provide the necessary input into the implementation of DWR's responsibilities associated with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The advisory groups are to help DWR establish a common understanding of complex issues associated with establishing Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), Basin Boundary revisions, developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and the other issues associated with DWR's roles in SGMA.

DWR will occasionally meet with specific water agency and county officials to ensure specific regional issues are discussed and well understood, and to ensure communication throughout the process. The following Advisory Groups are being engaged:

Practitioners Advisory Panel

The Practitioners Advisory Panel consists of a group of practitioners representing various local stakeholder groups that will implement SGMA in their respective basins. These panel members are representatives of potential decision makers and GSAs.

A list of Practitioners Advisory Group's members can be found here.

Tribal Advisory Group

The Tribal Advisory Group (TAG) includes tribal leadership, subject matter experts, and technical and non-technical members of local, academic, and tribal governments that are actively engaged in local groundwater management and will be key in local implementation of SGMA. TAG members will be responsible for distribution of information and resources to their respective tribes and organizations.

Draft Discussion Paper Tribal Participation with Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

Contact: Anecita Agustinez, DWR Tribal Policy Advisor -

Non-Governmental Organization

The NGO organizations represented in this group include the following types:

  • Conservation organizations
  • Environmental and social justice organizations
  • Water and environmental policy organizations
  • Technical assistance organizations
  • Legal assistance organizations

NGO Advisory Group Contact - Jennifer Clary -

Association of California Water Agencies (website)

The Association of California Water Agencies is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California.

Contact: Dave Bolland -

Northern California Water Association (website)

The Northern California Water Association represents the water districts, water companies, small towns, rural communities and landowners that beneficially use both surface and groundwater water resources in the Sacramento Valley.

Contact: Todd Manley -

San Joaquin Tributaries Authority (website)

The San Joaquin Tributaries Authority is a coalition of water agencies whose members include the Modesto Irrigation District, Turlock Irrigation District, Oakdale Irrigation District, Merced Irrigation District, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, and the City and County of San Francisco.

Contact: Valerie Kincaid -

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority (website)

The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority was established in January of 1992 and consists of 29 Member Agencies representing approximately 1.1 million acres of federal and exchange water service contractors within the western San Joaquin Valley, from the City of Tracy in the north to Kettleman City in the south, as well as portions of San Benito and Santa Clara counties.

Contact: Bob Martin -

Central Coast area (Monterey County and Santa Cruz area)

This group of stakeholders is from areas of the West Santa Cruz Terrace groundwater basin, Santa Cruz Purisima Formation Highlands groundwater basin, Pajaro Valley basin and Salinas Valley groundwater basins. The agencies include Soquel Creek Water District, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, Scott Valley Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District and Monterey County Water Resources Agency.

Contact: Robert Johnson -; and Melanie Mow Schumacher -

Rural County Representatives of California (website) & California State Association of Counties (website)

The Rural County Representatives of California is a thirty-four member county service organization that champions policies on behalf of California's rural counties.

The primary purpose of California State Association of Counties is to represent county government before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government.

Contact: Mary-Ann Warmerdam -; and Karen A. Keene -

Ag Community

The Agricultural Advisory Group includes representatives from the statewide agricultural community. Organizations (including but not limited to) represented by this group are:

  • The California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Agricultural Council of California
  • California Dairies, Inc.
  • California Citrus Mutual
  • California Cotton Ginners Association
  • California Cotton Growers Association
  • California Tomato Growers Association
  • California Fresh Fruit Association
  • Nisei Farmers League
  • Western Agricultural Processors Association
  • Western Growers Association
  • California Farm Bureau Federation
  • California League of Food Processors
  • California Cattlemen’s Association
  • Family Winemakers of California

Contact: Lauren Hersh -

Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region Group

This group includes groundwater managers in the Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region which includes the Kings, Kaweah, Tule, Westside, Tulare Lake, and Kern subbasins. This group includes representatives from the following agencies:
Fresno County, Tulare County, Kings County; City of Bakersfield, Fresno, and Clovis; King River Conservation District, Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District; Kern Groundwater Authority; Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District; Lower Tule River Irrigation District, Tulare Irrigation District, James Irrigation District, Fresno Irrigation District, Kings County Water District, Westlands Water District and Dudley Ridge Water District.

Contact: Eric Osterling -