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Sustaining Groundwater Resources

Protecting the health of California’s groundwater basins into the future.

Sustainable Groundwater: A Critical Part of the Plan

Bringing the state’s critically over-drafted groundwater basins back into balance is vital to California’s water future. Under the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, local agencies are forming new agencies to tasked with creating sustainable groundwater management plans for our future.

ACWA's Efforts

ACWA is leading the charge on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation issues, engaging on related-legislation and working directly with the California Department of Water Resources. ACWA’s advocacy on DWR’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations helped secure more workable requirements to develop and implement a plan to achieve groundwater sustainability.

ACWA Member Efforts

ACWA members throughout the state are forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, developing governance plans, conducting stakeholder outreach, researching current conditions, and drafting plans to bring overdrafted groundwater basins back into balance.

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“Proper groundwater management helps provide a buffer against drought and climate change, and contributes to reliable water supplies regardless of weather patterns.” Brent Hastey ACWA President

Comment on Sustainable Management Criteria Draft Best Management Practices

by Emily Allshouse

Submitted to the California Department of Water Resources on Jan. 8, 2018.


Comments on Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Funding Guidelines

by Emily Allshouse

Submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on Nov. 9, 2017.


DWR Extends SGWP Grant Program Deadline for Counties Affected by Fires

by Emily Allshouse

This week, the California Department of Water Resources extended the deadline for agencies in counties affected by fires as part […]


DWR to Host Online SGMA Grant Workshop Sept. 27

by Teresa McGaffic

The California Department of Water Resources will hold an online workshop Sept. 27 to help groundwater managers complete grant applications […]


Fresno-Area SGMA Workshop Offers Help with GSP Development and Funding

by Teresa McGaffic

Water managers in the San Joaquin Valley can explore funding and assistance available to them at an in-person workshop hosted […]


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