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

After presenting the information to the California Water Commission, the California Department of Water Resources Wednesday released its... read»
New satellite and aircraft imaging data from NASA show that portions of the San Joaquin Valley are sinking by nearly two inches per month... read»
Preliminary applications for Groundwater Quality Funding Projects are now being accepted electronically through the online Financial... read»
The California Department of Water Resources on July 17 opened the public comment period on proposed draft emergency regulations that will... read»
A federal appellate court has agreed to review a key issue in a lower court ruling that granted the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians... read»

Latest State Legislation Updates

On Sept. 16, 2014, 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

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»
August 9 ‐September 2, 2010 Workshop presented by: California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Division of Integrated Regional... read more»

Other articles

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

Upcoming Groundwater Events

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:30am - 2:30pm
Thu, 09/24/2015 - Fri, 09/25/2015
This 2-day, 1-night tour will travel through the Sacramento region to view sites that explore groundwater issues. Topics will include...
Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:00am - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 5:00pm
Presented by Groundwater Resources Association of California
Tue, 06/28/2016 - Thu, 06/30/2016
This three-day international conference will again bring together leading scientists, policy analysts, policy and decision makers, and...