Facilitation Support Services

The Facilitation Support Services program connects water management groups with professional facilitators to support local public agencies seeking to meet requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Additionally, limited resources are available to support a range of integrated water management activities.

Services Offered

  • Strategic planning
  • Stakeholder identification and outreach
  • Stakeholder assessment
  • Stakeholder liaison and mediation
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Governance assessment
  • Public outreach

Who is eligible?

Water management groups must meet the following four minimum eligibility requirements to qualify for the program:

  • Demonstrate commitment to work collaboratively with others to meet the requirements of the SGMA, or in support of other IWM goals such as developing or improving IRWM Plans or other appropriate IWM projects or goals.
  • Identify a clear and defined need for professional facilitation support services.
  • Demonstrate commitment to meet regularly and work diligently toward clear, defined goals.
  • Commit to providing logistical and administrative support.

Requests for facilitation support services will be evaluated on a continuous basis, and levels of support will vary. Priority will be given to newly forming groups and groups that have not received facilitation support previously. The majority of available resources are reserved for activities associated with convening Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and creating Groundwater Sustainability Plans.

Connect with your Region Office Contact to find out about facilitation service opportunities that may be available.

For more information about Facilitation Support Services, please view the Information for Applicants or Supplemental Information for SGMA Implementation. For more information about, or to return to, DWR's Sustainable Groundwater Management Program, click here.