The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), in coordination with the Department of Water Resources (DWR), is committed to engaging local groundwater managers in the development of locally-driven sustainable groundwater solutions. The following information may help local agencies sustainably manage California’s groundwater resources.
New resources will be posted as they become available.
The State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources held a series of informational meetings which included presentations on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and the State's role, financial assistance resources, and an update on recent drought activities. The meetings also included a discussion of SGMA activity in local basins. Meeting presentations and handouts are available below.
- Technical Session
- SGMA Overview, Implementation Requirements, and the State's Role
- DWR's Role in Sustainable Groundwater Management
- State Water Board's Role in Sustainable Groundwater Management
- State Financial and Technical Assistance
- Public Forum
- SGMA Overview, Implementation Requirements, and the State’s Role (Technical Session and Public Forum)
- State Financial & Technical Assistance (Technical Session)
- Groundwater Management and Drought (Public Forum)
- DWR has developed the Water Management Planning Tool, an interactive map which contains land cover and groundwater data, and political boundaries, to assist local agencies in water management planning efforts.
- Stakeholder engagement and collaboration are key to achieving the objectives outlined in SGMA. The report “Collaborating for Success” provides a recommended roadmap for effective stakeholder engagement in SGMA implementation.
- Measuring groundwater is key to achieving sustainable groundwater management. The report "Measuring What Matters: Setting Measurable Objectives to Achieving Sustainable Groundwater Management in California" provides a summary of best practices in setting effective and measurable groundwater objectives.
- SGMA requires that local GSAs be formed by June 30, 2017, and that those agencies develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) by January 31, 2020 or 2022. The report “Know Your Options: A Guide to Forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies” is a local agency resource for GSA formation and GSP coordination.
The toolbox is intended as a reference and resource only. Use of such is voluntary, and reliance on these resources should only be undertaken after an independent review of their accuracy, completeness, efficacy, and timeliness. Appearance of third-party documents in this section does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Water Boards.
Proposition 1, passed by voters in November 2014, provides DWR with $100 million for sustainable groundwater management planning and related projects. The proposition also provides substantial funding for groundwater cleanup, storage projects, and other actions that will help local agencies sustainably manage groundwater. For more information, please visit DWR's website.
Common SGMA terms and definitions can be accessed here.
Have a question? Need assistance?
One of the Groundwater Management Program's primary goals is to educate the general public about groundwater quantity and quality issues. For additional information regarding State Water Board local assistance resources, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 341-5316.
Keep up-to-date on State Water Board groundwater management activities. Subscribe to the "Groundwater Management" email list (under the "General Interests" section).
(Page last updated 6/13/18
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