Groundwater is a critical asset in the state's comprehensive water management portfolio.

ACWA issued a suite of recommendations in April 2014 for improving management of groundwater basins throughout California.

The recommendations, developed by a special task force and approved by ACWA's Board of Directors, include legislative and administrative changes strengthen groundwater management and accountability where it is deficient, provide new tools and authorities to accelerate progress by local and regional agencies, and guide enhanced state support where needed.

ACWA’s recommendations come as discussions continue in the regulatory and legislative arenas to identify ways to address potentially unsustainable declines in groundwater levels and degraded groundwater quality in some basins of the state. The drought has brought the problem into even sharper focus.

The recommendations build on ACWA's 2011 document, “Sustainability from the Ground Up: A Framework for Groundwater Management in California,” which provided an in-depth look at current efforts to manage groundwater basins in California and recommended proactive steps to advance sustainable management.

Latest News about Groundwater

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released a list of unmonitored high and medium priority groundwater basins. As... read»
A newly released report from the California Water Foundation highlights the need for tighter groundwater management throughout California,... read»
Two ACWA-supported bills aimed at advancing sustainable management of California’s groundwater basins moved out of Senate and... read»
Building a more sustainable groundwater management system in California was identified as a top statewide water priority by several... read»
A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presents another example of how a replenishment facility can have a positive impact on... read»

Latest State Legislation Updates

ACWA issued a suite of recommendations April 7 for improving management of groundwater basins throughout California. read more»

Policy Principles

Groundwater is an invaluable resource for California and a critical asset in the state’s comprehensive water management portfolio.... read more»

Latest Regulatory Updates

  We have one specific comment related to the draft regulations for groundwater replenishment with recycled water and a general... read more»
ACWA, DWR Survey Under Way to Compile Data on Local Groundwater Management Plans and Needs for Assistance The Association of California... read more»
ACWA released a major policy document on groundwater management in April 2011. The document, “Sustainability from the Ground Up: A... read more»
August 9 ‐September 2, 2010 Workshop presented by: California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Division of Integrated Regional... read more»
The 2009 legislative package requires local agencies to monitor the elevation of their groundwater basins to help better manage the... read more»