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State Water Boards Groundwater Workplan


Population growth and more intensive land use will place increased demands on the State’s water supply. At the same time, surface water runoff is projected to decline due to the effects of climate change. These and other factors point to an increased reliance on groundwater. However, many of California’s aquifers are already experiencing contamination and/or overdraft. These challenges do not lend themselves to a “one size fits all” solution, given the varying physical and institutional characteristics of California’s groundwater basins.

The Water Boards are developing a workplan that aligns its current groundwater protection efforts, the ongoing actions of other entities with groundwater management responsibilities, and potential actions that the Water Boards and others could pursue. A goal of the workplan is to promote collaboration and cooperation among local, regional, and State agencies and other stakeholders to help promote more effective groundwater management that supports beneficial uses over the long-term.

Whether implemented at the local, regional, or State level, the Water Boards believe that an effective groundwater management program generally requires five key elements to be in place: thresholds, monitoring/assessment, governance/management, funding, and enforcement.

Milestones and Timeline

  • Release of draft concept paper – October 2013
  • Stakeholder Dialogues – October/November 2013
  • Discussion of stakeholder input with the State Water Board – January 2014

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Available Documents

Links to External Reports with Groundwater Management Recommendations

Staff Contacts

  Eric Oppenheimer
email: eric.oppenheimer@waterboards.ca.gov
phone: (916) 445-5960
Gail Linck
email: gail.linck@waterboards.ca.gov
phone (916) 341-5285