Groundwater Management Program

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

California depends on groundwater for a major portion of its annual water supply, particularly during times of drought. This reliance on groundwater has resulted in overdraft and unsustainable groundwater usage in many of California’s basins. 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. The long-term planning required by SGMA will provide a buffer against drought and climate change and contribute to reliable water supplies regardless of weather patterns in the State.

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State Intervention

Learn about State Intervention and how to avoid the “State Backstop”

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Reporting and Fees

Get information on annual extraction reporting requirements and fees for pumpers in Unmanaged Areas or Probationary Basins

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SGMA Compliance

Map and information about Unmanaged Areas and Probationary Basins

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Resources for GSAs

Access helpful links and materials including State Water Board’s SGMA Fact Sheets

Visit the SGMA History and Development page for more information on the development of this landmark law.

News and Announcements

Joint State Water Board/Department of Water Resources Press Release: California Marks Key Step Toward Achieving Sustainable Groundwater Management. (1/31/2020)

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) posted on Cal eProcure website: The Groundwater Management Program has released a Scope of Work for "Groundwater Basin Engineering and Technical Services" to assist the State Water Resources Control Board in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Prospective bidders are invited to review and respond to the RFQ (RFQ No.19-045-240) on the Cal eProcure website. (1/8/2020)

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board releases a letter describing issues for consideration in development of GSPs in Central Coast Groundwater basins.

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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