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 today implemented new groundwater basin boundary regulations, a key provision of the state... read»
The California Department of Water Resources is hosting a webinar on Nov. 12 to discuss implementation of SB 13 (Pavley), which added new... read»
The California Department of Water Resources today released the guidelines it has developed for local agencies to follow when forming a... read»
A two-day course on the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology will be offered Nov. 9 – 10 on the UC Davis... read»
The California Water Commission Wednesday approved the California Department of Water Resources' emergency regulations for modifying... read»

Latest State Legislation Updates

California enacted landmark legislation in 2014 known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The legislation provides a... 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

Attached below are PDFs of presentations and materials from recent workshops held on local implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater... read more»
  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»

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The following ACWA 2015 Regulatory Summit PowerPoint presentations are available: read more»
The agenda and other materials for the Sept. 3 meeting are available here. read more»