Groundwater Management Program

Resources for GSAs

SGMA is a landmark law that empowers local agencies to sustainably manage groundwater resources. In areas where groundwater users and local agencies are unable or unwilling to sustainably manage their groundwater, the State Water Board can intervene. SGMA is based on the premise that groundwater is best managed locally and the State Water Board has developed resources to help local agencies implement SGMA and avoid State Intervention. Other programs at the State Water Board can also assist GSAs with questions or data related to water quality, drinking water, and surface water rights for direct use or groundwater recharge.

State and Regional Water Board Programs

  • Surface Water Rights: Capturing and storing surface water generally requires an appropriative water right. Parties can obtain new water rights or change existing water rights to authorize groundwater recharge projects.
  • Water Quality: The Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program hosts online maps and databases that show the concentration of many groundwater constituents over time. The State Water Board also maintains a searchable Water Quality Goals database, containing a compilation of numeric water quality thresholds from state and federal regulations, and from literature for hundreds of chemical constituents and water quality parameters.
  • Drinking Water: The Division of Drinking Water (DDW) regulates public drinking water systems.
  • Regional Water Quality Control Boards: There are nine regional water quality control boards state-wide. Each Regional Board makes critical water quality decisions for its region, including setting standards, issuing waste discharge requirements, determining compliance with those requirements, and taking appropriate enforcement actions.

Fact Sheets

GSA Eligibility

Past Events