Sustainability from the Ground Up: A Framework for Groundwater Management in California
ACWA released a major policy document on groundwater management in April 2011. The document, “Sustainability from the Ground Up: A Framework for Groundwater Management in California,” provides an in-depth look at current efforts to manage groundwater basins in California and recommends proactive steps to advance sustainable management.
As part of the Framework implementation, ACWA is partnering with the Department of Water Resources to conduct a survey on groundwater management activities in California.
Read more on the survey here.
Background on the Framework
As the Framework notes, California has a long history of managing groundwater resources through locally controlled programs. Though many of these programs have been very effective, the array of challenges on the horizon will demand even more of local agencies and require a greater commitment to sustainable management – especially as California relies more and more on groundwater as surface water deliveries continue to be constrained.
Tools for Members
ACWA has developed several tools, including a fact sheet, talking points, frequently asked questions, and local contacts, to familiarize members with the document and help them respond to any inquiries they may receive. Those tools are available below.
April 4 Briefing in Sacramento
In conjunction with the release of the Framework, ACWA hosted a briefing April 4 in Sacramento. A video of the briefing may be viewed here.
Materials from the briefing include:
Framework and Executive Summary
The Framework and Executive Summary may be downloaded below:
To order printed copies of the Framework or the Executive Summary, please click here.
For questions on the Framework, please contact ACWA Regulatory Advocate Danielle Blacet.
|ACWA Groundwater Framework.pdf||2.16 MB|
|Executive Summary.pdf||1.29 MB|
|Groundwater Framework Action Plan 2012-2013--FINAL.pdf||115.79 KB|
|Groundwater Framework Implementation Matrix 2012-2013--FINAL.pdf||107.49 KB|