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Introduction

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a Strategic Plan for its Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Program. DWR’s SGM Program will implement the new and expanded responsibilities identified in the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Some of these expanded responsibilities include: (1) developing regulations to revise groundwater basin boundaries; (2) adopting regulations for evaluating and implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and coordination agreements; (3) identifying basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft; (4) identifying water available for groundwater replenishment; and (5) publishing best management practices for the sustainable management of groundwater.

Announcements

New!GSA notification received
DWR has received a notification of formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. View the notification here.

New!Best Management Practices Framework Released
DWR has established a multi-phased approach for developing BMPs to comply with the requirements described in SGMA, which are outlined in the BMP Development Framework. View more information here.

New!Sustainable Groundwater Management Program Progress Report
The March 2015 Draft SGM Program Strategic Plan described how DWR will implement SGMA and aid local agencies to sustainably manage California's groundwater resources. The Strategic Plan presented five objectives defining DWR's approach to organizing and executing the work necessary for successful program implementation. Considerable progress has been made in the implementation of the five objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. This document provides an overview of the key accomplishments of the Program to-date. View the report here.

New!Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modifications
DWR has released a list and map of Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modifications. View the list and map here.

California Water Commission Approved GSP Emergency Regulations
DWR released the GSP Emergency Regulations on May 10, 2016, for public review. The California Water Commission unanimously approved the proposed regulations, as written, on May 18, 2016. DWR will submit the Final GSP Emergency Regulations and the Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking to the Office of Administrative Law. Access and review the GSP Emergency Regulations here.

DWR has developed a Draft Strategic Plan for its Sustainable Groundwater Management Program. The draft plan describes DWR's responsibilities and vision for carrying out the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, a package of laws that aim to protect the groundwater basins that provide more than half of the water Californians use in dry years. The draft plan outlines key actions DWR will undertake over the next several years to position itself to better support local agencies across California to achieve sustainable groundwater management. To read the plan, click here.

The California Groundwater website offers links to partners involved in the SGMA implementation, multi-agency news and information, a groundwater blog, and the text of the SGMA legislation. More info…