The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a Strategic Plan for its Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Program. DWR’s SGM Program will implement the new and expanded responsibilities identified in the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Some of these expanded responsibilities include: (1) developing regulations to revise groundwater basin boundaries; (2) adopting regulations for evaluating and implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and coordination agreements; (3) identifying basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft; (4) identifying water available for groundwater replenishment; and (5) publishing best management practices for the sustainable management of groundwater.
California Water Commission Approved GSP Emergency Regulations
DWR released the GSP Emergency Regulations on May 10, 2016, for public review. The California Water Commission unanimously approved the proposed regulations, as written, on May 18, 2016. DWR will submit the Final GSP Emergency Regulations and the Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking to the Office of Administrative Law. Access and review the GSP Emergency Regulations here.
GSA notification received
DWR has received a notification of formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. View the notification here.
Water Available for Replenishment White Paper Now Available
DWR has developed a White Paper discussing water available for replenishment, which is available on the Water Available For Replenishment webpage here. The White Paper, written in coordination with SGMA advisory and stakeholder groups, describes the technical and policy foundations as well as the proposed content of the Water Available for Replenishment Report, to be published by December 31, 2016, as directed by SGMA.
DWR has developed a Draft Strategic Plan for its Sustainable Groundwater Program. The draft plan describes DWR's responsibilities and vision for carrying out the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, a package of laws that aim to protect the groundwater basins that provide more than half of the water Californians use in dry years. The draft 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. To read the plan, click here.
The California Groundwater website offers links to partners involved in the SGMA implementation, multi-agency news and information, a groundwater blog, and the text of the SGMA legislation. More info…