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SB 1938, signed into law in 2002, requires any public agency seeking State funds administered through DWR for the construction of groundwater projects or groundwater quality projects to prepare and implement a groundwater management plan with certain specified components. Requirements include establishing basin management objectives, preparing a plan to involve other local agencies in a cooperative planning effort, and adopting monitoring protocols that promote efficient and effective groundwater management. The requirements applies to both agencies that have already adopted groundwater management plans as well as agencies that do not overlie groundwater basins identified in Bulletin 118 and its updates.
Senate Bill 1938 (Machado) - PDF 19KB
The California Budget Act of 1999 directed DWR to complete several tasks including the development of criteria for evaluating groundwater management plans. In response to this mandate, DWR developed a set of recommended components for groundwater management plans with the intent of providing a framework by which local agencies can proactively plan for and implement effective management programs.