Groundwater Management Program
State Water Board SGMA Activities
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was enacted in order to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. SGMA requires local agencies adopt sustainability plans for high- and medium-priority groundwater basins. Under SGMA, basins must reach sustainability within 20 years of implementing their plans.
SGMA requires the State Water Board protect basins that are not managed sustainably through a process called State Intervention.
News and Announcements
The Division of Water Rights developed a streamlined permitting process for diversions of water from high flow events to underground storage (groundwater recharge). The streamlined process will directly assist Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and other local agencies working to meet the requirements of SGMA and address adverse impacts caused by extractions.
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