Assistance and Engagement

yuba river

Workshop attendees listen to overviews of new groundwater legislation during a drought response workshop in Irvine, California in February 2015

Governor Brown noted upon signing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) that groundwater is best managed at the local level, and that the State's primary role is to provide guidance and support. We are committed to providing this guidance and support as you implement SGMA and work toward managing your groundwater basins sustainably. 

We provide a variety of services including Facilitation Support, Technical Services and Field Activities, Communication and Engagement, and Financial Assistance. 

Implementation of the SGMA necessitates timely, forthright, and consistent communication among all partners and stakeholders. Proactive outreach to and engagement of partners and stakeholders is essential to achieving sustainable groundwater management at the local and regional level. Local and regional agencies in turn must reach out to keep local citizens, groundwater users, and stakeholders informed. The SGM Program Strategic Plan provides an overview of DWR's initial plan for communication and outreach with partners.

Our Technical Support Services (TSS) supports Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) as they develop their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). TSSs goal is to provide education, data, and tools to GSAs to build the capacity needed to achieve sustainability. TSS is available to GSAs through our regional offices or contractors pending funding availability. Critically overdrafted basins have initial priority for this funding.

Technical Support Services offered:   

Field Activities

  • Groundwater Level Monitoring Training
  • Borehole Video Logging
  • Geophysical Logging
  • Geologic Logging
  • Monitoring Well Installation

 Modeling and Mapping

  • Modeling Training and Support

Who is Eligible?

GSAs developing GSPs are eligible to apply for this service if they meet all of the following obligations:

  • Agree to share any data generated from the technical support service(s) with DWR and the public.
  • Comply with all applicable laws related to the technical support service(s).
  • Agree to work in an open, inclusive, and collaborative manner toward the development of a GSP.
  • Agree to complete GSA’s responsibilities related to requested technical support service(s) within the defined timeframe.
  • Support DWR staff or contractors that are providing technical support service(s)

Applications for TSS will be evaluated on a continuous basis as funding allows. Applications must be submitted through an online application system made available to the applicant following consultation with DWR Regional Office and Headquarters. For more information or help starting a TSS application, contact DWR’s regional office coordinators at sgmp_rc@water.ca.gov.

Our Facilitation Support Service (FSS) helps local agencies work through challenging water management situations. Under SGMA, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) must encourage the active involvement of diverse social, cultural, and economic interests. All beneficial uses and users of groundwater have to be considered, as GSAs develop SGMA mandated Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). Sometimes GSAs need the help of professional facilitators to foster discussions among diverse water management interests and local agencies. The FSS will help with development of GSPs. Critically overdrafted basins are given funding priority.

Services Offered through DWR-funded Professional Facilitators

  • Identification and engagement of interested parties
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Interest-based negotiation/consensus building
  • Public outreach facilitation

Who is Eligible?

GSAs developing GSPs, or other groups coordinating with the GSAs in developing GSPs, are eligible to apply for this service if they meet all of the following obligations:

  • Agree to work in an open, inclusive, and collaborative manner toward the development of a GSP.
  • Support an inclusive process that seeks, promotes, encourages, and welcomes the involvement of all interested parties.
  • Commit to meet regularly and work diligently toward a clear and defined goal.
  • Commit to providing a meeting space that is suitably located and sized.

Applications for FSS will be evaluated on a continuous basis as funding allows.

Facilitation Support Services Application

For more information or help starting a FSS application, contact DWR’s regional office coordinators at sgmp_rc@water.ca.gov.

Grants

Proposition 1 IRWM

Prop 1 Proposition 1 (The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) IRWM Grant Program, which includes funding for Disadvantaged Community (DAC) projects, provides funding for projects that help meet the long-term water needs of the state. The 2016 Guidelines provides information on the general process, procedures, and criteria. Draft Proposal Solicitation Package is expected to be released early in 2018.

Sustainable Groundwater Planning

View The Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program which provides funding for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects consistent with groundwater planning requirements.

Related Pages

Contact Us

Subscribe

Sign up to receive monthly Sustainable Groundwater Management program updates.

Subscribe