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Category Archives: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)


Women Water Leaders from Around the State Gather in Santa Barbara to Discuss California’s Pressing Water Supply Issues

                        Authors: Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld On Jan. 27, 2017, Santa Barbara-based water attorneys Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP convened a historic meeting of nearly 100 of California’s top women in the water industry. This first-ever “California … Continue Reading »

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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 »

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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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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 »

Prop 1 Allocates $100M for Local Agencies to Develop & Implement Groundwater Management Plans

On February 10, 2015, the California Natural Resources Agency released a draft schedule of benchmarks to be achieved in the first year of the ten year expenditure period of the Water Bond (Proposition 1). As draft guidelines for grants funded by the Water Bond are available, they will be posted on the Bond Accountability website, … Continue Reading »