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A Sneak Preview: DWR’s Best Management Practices to Guide the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act from Paper to Reality

  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is underway. The principle implementation issues to date in most basins have concerned who will govern and how the management lines are drawn, with basin boundary modifications recently released and the deadline for GSA formation fast approaching on June 30, 2017. But looming larger are questions about how … Continue Reading »

Bulletin 118 Final Boundary Modifications Move the Lines—But Do They Bring More Clarity?

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently released the modifications to the boundaries of the state’s Bulletin 118. For some basins, these modifications will greatly assist local agencies in complying with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act’s (SGMA) planning requirements. For others, however, this latest modification update highlights the uncertainty surrounding how to best manage a basin, … Continue Reading »

Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events – October

October 5, 2016 Bradley Herrema will speak at the GRA Southern California Branch and Inland Geological Society (IGS) joint meeting in Riverside. The Sustainable Groundwater Management event will address how Southern California agencies in several different groundwater basins are working towards complying with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Click here for further details and to RSVP. … Continue Reading »

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A New Management Model For Calif. Groundwater Regulations

Last month, the California Court of Appeal rejected all challenges to the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, upholding the environmental review and approvals. This innovative water project is now one step closer to the finish line and the goal of mitigating California’s drought crisis. Unlike many other basins throughout the state, the … Continue Reading »

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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Natural Resource Group Secures Decisive Appellate Victory for Much Needed, New Water Supply

On May 10, the California Court of Appeal issued six opinions upholding the environmental review and approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (Project). The Project is a public-private partnership designed to use water from a vast and underutilized aquifer underlying Cadiz’s property in the Eastern Mojave Desert and will secure … Continue Reading »

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Where Do We Stand in the Quest for Sustainable Groundwater Management?

At the intersection of water and politics, a cross section of water professionals including agency staff, engineers, attorneys and consultants convened in Sacramento March 30 to spend a day with an outstanding lineup of legislators and administration officials at the Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) and California Groundwater Coalition’s (CGC) Annual Legislative Symposium. The title of … Continue Reading »

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The Golden Rule* of Water Management

Russ McGlothlin and Jena Shoaf Acos authored “The Golden Rule* of Water Management” for Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal Symposium Edition. Russ McGlothlin     Jena Shoaf Acos          

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Sustainable Groundwater Management


The enactment of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (“SGMA”) was a bold first step toward managing California groundwater. SGMA requires local agencies to elect to be “groundwater sustainability agencies” or “GSAs” to develop “groundwater sustainability plans” or “GSPs” for the state’s most at-risk basins. A GSP must curtail the adverse consequences of groundwater … Continue Reading »

June: Speaking Engagements

June 2, 2015 Russ McGlothlin will speak at the Groundwater Resources Association of California’s Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation: Solid Steps Forward for Boundary Determination, Legal Agreements and Public Participation in Sacramento.  Russell McGlothlin       June 15, 2015 Amy Steinfeld will speak at Argent Communications Group’s San Francisco 2015 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference; Water Supply, Regulation, … Continue Reading »


Nevada Governor Establishes Drought Forum

On April 8, 2015, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval hosted a press conference at Washoe Lake State Park to unveil a plan to address current and future drought conditions across Nevada. Pointing out that he should have been standing in three feet of water at the time, Gov. Sandoval signed Executive Order 2015-13, establishing the Nevada … Continue Reading »