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.