Groundwater

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 Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water today held an informational hearing that focused on developing ways to resolve... read»
ACWA has prepared a suite of informational materials on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, the legislative package enacted... read»
ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn and California Water Foundation Executive Director Lester Snow co-wrote an op-ed that appeared in The... read»
Gov. Brown signs groundwater legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday.
During a press event at the Capitol this morning Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an unprecedented three-bill legislative package, known as... read»
SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following... read»

Latest State Legislation Updates

On Sept. 16, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an unprecedented three-bill legislative package, known as the Sustainable Groundwater... 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»

Other articles

The agenda and other materials for the Sept. 3 meeting are available here. read more»

Upcoming Groundwater Events

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act – Effective January 1, 2015 – What You Need To Know Wednesday, December 10, 2014...