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First Major Milestone Achieved as Groundwater Basin Boundary Regulations Go Into Effect
Reaching its first major milestone under the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), on November 16, 2015 the Department of Water Resources (DWR) implemented new basin boundary regulations, a key provision of the groundwater law. Establishment of the regulations comes well in advance of the January 1, 2016 SGMA deadline, effectively giving local agencies an additional six weeks to prepare their requests for any basin boundary changes. DWR will accept requests from local agencies for basin boundary modifications from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. “This is a noteworthy accomplishment for DWR and for the future of groundwater management in California,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “SGMA established a roadmap of goals and milestones for the next several years that will eventually lead to sustainable management of groundwater. Today DWR successfully reached the first milestone, and local agencies have the benefit of more time.”
Basin Boundary Regulations

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