Local agencies are required to submit GSA formation notifications to DWR using the SGMA Portal – GSA Formation Notification System.
Comparison of GSAs Formed Using 2003 Basin Boundaries vs. 2016 Basin Boundaries (Updated February 17, 2017)
The active list of posted GSA formation notifications and their current status is available on the SGMA Portal – GSA Formation Notification System at the following URL:
A local agency that has formed a GSA will only be identified by DWR as an exclusive GSA if the provisions of Water Code §10723.8 are met. Only exclusive GSAs, or GSAs that have coordinated through an agreement, can develop and implement a GSP for a basin and submit that GSP to DWR for review. If two or more local agencies separately decide to become GSAs in all or a portion of the same area of a basin (within 90 days of the initial posted notice), then none of the agencies will become exclusive GSAs until the overlap is resolved. The local agencies involved in GSA formation overlap shall seek to reach agreement to resolve the overlap by June 30, 2017, or risk potential intervention by the State Water Resources Control Board.
For reference, the original SGMA language and the language amended by SB 13 that discuss overlap and service area is excerpted below:
Original SGMA §10723.8(b): Except as provided in subdivision (d), 90 days following the posting of the notice pursuant to this section, the GSA shall be presumed the exclusive GSA within the area of the basin the agency is managing as described in the notice, provided that no other notice was submitted.
Amended SGMA §10723.8(c): The decision to become a GSA shall take effect 90 days after the department posts notice under subdivision (b) if no other local agency submits a notification under subdivision (a) of its intent to undertake groundwater management in all or a portion of the same area. If another notification is filed within the 90-day period, the decision shall not take effect unless the other notification is withdrawn or modified to eliminate any overlap in the areas proposed to be managed. The local agencies shall seek to reach agreement to allow prompt designation of a GSA. If agreement is reached involving a material change from the information in the posted notice, a new notification shall be submitted under subdivision (a) and the department shall post notice under subdivision (b).
Amended SGMA §10723.8(d): Except as provided in subdivisions (e) and (f), after the decision to be a GSA takes effect, the GSA shall be presumed to be the exclusive GSA within the area of the basin within the service area of the local agency that the local agency is managing as described in the notice.