Assistance and Engagement

Prop 1 drought workshop 2015

Workshop attendees listen to overviews of new groundwater legislation during a drought response workshop in Irvine, California in February 2015

Then-Governor Jerry Brown noted upon signing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) that groundwater is best managed at the local level, and that the State's primary role is to provide guidance and support. We are committed to providing this guidance and support as you implement SGMA and work toward managing your groundwater basins sustainably.

We provide a variety of services including Facilitation Support, Technical Services and Field Activities, Communication and Engagement, and Financial Assistance.

 

 

 

 

Timely, forthright, and consistent communication among all partners and stakeholders is important for SGMA implementation. Proactive outreach and engagement of partners and stakeholders will help basins move towards sustainable management of groundwater.

SGMA Guidance Resources

SGMA Brochure Cover
Stakeholder Communication and Engagement | (Publish Date: Version: Final
This guidance document provides GSAs information to aid with stakeholder communication and engagement for GSP preparation and to provide examples and existing resources related to public engagement and effective communication for SGMA implementation.
SGMA Guidance - Sample C&E Plan Outline
Communication and Engagement Plan Outline ( PDF) | (Publish Date:
A detailed C&E Plan outline for you to consider as you develop a C&E Plan to help guide your GSP development and fulfill the "communication section" requirement of your GSP.
Tags: Groundwater-Management, Sustainable-Groundwater-Management-ActSustainable-Groundwater-Management-Act
SGMA Guidance - Engagement with Tribal Governments
Engagement with Tribal Governments ( PDF) | (Publish Date: Version: Final
This guidance document conveys information, as provided by California’s Tribal governments, by which local agencies can engage Tribal governments as part of an effort to identify interested persons, and consider the interests of beneficial users of groundwater; including those users on Tribal lands not subject to SGMA.
Tags: Groundwater-Management, Sustainable-Groundwater-Management-Act, Tribal

Our Technical Support Services (TSS) supports Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) as they develop and implement their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). TSSs goal is to provide education, data, and tools to GSAs at both regional and statewide scales to build the capacity needed to achieve sustainability. TSS is available to GSAs through our Region Offices or contractors pending funding availability. Critically overdrafted basins have initial priority for this funding.

Technical Support Services Offered:   

Field Activities

  • Monitoring Well Installation
  • Geophysical Logging
  • Geologic Logging
  • Groundwater Level Monitoring Training
  • Borehole Video Logging
  • Other Field Activities

Modeling and Mapping

  • Modeling Training and Support (pending DWR updated model release)

Who is Eligible?

GSAs developing  and implementing GSPs are eligible to apply for this service if they meet all of the following obligations:

  • Agree to share any data generated from the technical support service(s) with DWR and the public.
  • Comply with all applicable laws related to the technical support service(s).
  • Agree to work in an open, inclusive, and collaborative manner toward the development and implementation of a GSP, including appointing a coordinator for the basin to represent all GSAs within the basin or subbasin, resolve disputes, and speak as one voice to DWR (not required to be the “Point-of-Contact” for Coordination Agreements as used in 23 CCR §357.4 (b) (1) of the GSP Emergency Regulations, or the “Plan manager” as used in 23 CCR §351 (z), 353.4 (b), and §354.6 (c)).
  • Agree to complete GSA’s volunteered responsibilities related to requested technical support service(s) within the defined timeframe.
  • Support DWR staff or contractors that are providing technical support service(s)

How to Apply: 

Applications for TSS will be evaluated on a continuous basis as funding allows. The application process is two-part - a General Application and Individual Service Requests - and must be submitted through an online application system made available to the applicant following consultation with their local DWR Region Office. PDF and Microsoft Word copies of the General Application and Service Requests are provided as a resource to help applicants prepare for applying.

For more information or help starting a TSS application, contact DWR’s Region Coordinators at sgmp_rc@water.ca.gov

TSS Fact Sheet Cover
TSS Services Fact Sheet ( PDF)
Two-page fact sheet with information about DWR's TSS to support GSAs as they develop and implement their GSPs.
Tags: Groundwater-Management, Sustainable-Groundwater-Management-Act

Facilitation Support Services (FSS) help local agencies work through challenging water management situations. Under SGMA, groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) shall encourage the active involvement of diverse social, cultural, and economic interests and consider all beneficial uses and users of groundwater when developing and implementing groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs). Sometimes GSAs need the help of professional facilitators to foster discussions among diverse water management interests and local agencies.

Services Offered through DWR-funded Professional Facilitators:

  • Stakeholder assessments
  • Governance development
  • Stakeholder communication and engagement planning and support
  • Public outreach
  • Targeted outreach to underrepresented groundwater users
  • Tribal government outreach and engagement
  • Identification and engagement of interested parties
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Intra-basin and inter-basin coordination support
  • Interest-based negotiation/consensus building

Who is Eligible?

GSAs developing or implementing GSPs, other groups coordinating with the GSAs in developing and implementing GSPs, and agencies implementing approved Alternatives to GSPs are eligible to apply for this service if they meet all of the following obligations:

  • Agree to work in an open, inclusive, and collaborative manner to implement SGMA.
  • Support an inclusive process that seeks, promotes, encourages, and welcomes the involvement of all interested parties.
  • Commit to meet regularly and work diligently toward a clear and defined goal.
  • Commit to providing a meeting space that is suitably located and sized.

Applications for FSS will be evaluated on a continuous basis as funding allows.

Facilitation Support Services Application

 

For more information or help starting an application, contact DWR’s Regional Coordinators at sgmp_rc@water.ca.gov.

 


Under SGMA, groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) shall encourage the active involvement of diverse social, cultural, and economic interests and consider all beneficial uses and users of groundwater when developing groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs). DWR’s Written Translation Service is available to help GSAs, or other groups assisting in local SGMA implementation efforts, to communicate the groundwater planning activities with their non-English speaking constituents.

GSAs, or other groups, may submit written notices, letters, forms, presentations, fact sheets, pamphlets, leaflets, and brochures to DWR for translation into one or more of the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Hmong
  • Korean
  • Laotian
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Service Limitations:

  • Currently, requests are limited to 1,500 words per groundwater basin/subbasin. DWR may change the word count limitation as needed, based on remaining contract capacity.
  • Eligible groundwater basins/subbasins are those required to prepare a GSP per CWC §10720.7.
  • Written translation will be provided electronically as unformatted text. Graphic design and formatting are not provided by DWR’s Written Translation Services.
  • Requests will take a few weeks to fulfill; additional time will be needed if the service provider requires additional information.
  • DWR does not review, take responsibility for, or endorse the content submitted for written translation.
  • Although DWR’s service provider will take care to provide appropriate and meaningful translation; accuracy is not guaranteed.

How to Apply:

  • DWR will receive requests for written translation using an online application form.
  • Applicants will be required to upload the unformatted text requested for translation as a Microsoft Word file.
  • A PDF example of the final document can also be uploaded if it will provide context to the service provider. For example, if the final product includes graphics with explanatory text, it may be helpful for the service provider to have the graphics as a reference.

Requests will be evaluated and fulfilled as received, on a continuous basis, as contract capacity allows.

Written Translation Services Application

For more information or help starting an application, contact DWR’s Region Office Coordinators at sgmp_rc@water.ca.gov.

Proposition 1 IRWM

Prop 1 Proposition 1 (The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) IRWM Grant Program, which includes funding for Disadvantaged Community (DAC) projects, provides funding for projects that help meet the long-term water needs of the state. The 2016 Guidelines provides information on the general process, procedures, and criteria. Draft Proposal Solicitation Package is expected to be released early in 2018.

Sustainable Groundwater Planning

View The Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program which provides funding for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects consistent with groundwater planning requirements.

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