Groundwater in the Cuyama Valley

The groundwater picture is changing in the Cuyama Valley, one of 21 critically overdrafted groundwater basins in the state. Check out our recent film and webinar. Here’s the film: You can watch the hour-long webinar featuring comments from participants in the film by clicking here. 


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As California Groundwater Regulation Unfolds, Some Feel Left Out

Jennifer Clary is quoted in a great story by Matt Weiser at Water Deeply today: The state’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is setting up a new ecosystem of water utilities. But with deadlines looming to satisfy the law, some low-income groundwater users say their needs are being ignored. Check it out to find out more…



Want More Knowledge on SGMA? Check Out Our Webinar Series!

  Our webinars are now available to view in one place! Click here to view: http://cagroundwater.org/?page_id=379 Stay tuned for more webinars! -By Kori Johnson-Lane, CivicSpark: Water Fellow



In Case You Missed it! Public Involvement in SGMA: Engaging in Sustainability Planning

Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are forming now, and while some are working to include stakeholders and the public in their activities, many more are not following SGMA’s outreach and engagement requirements. PowerPoint slides from this month’s webinar are available to view and download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2WL-euKi0QDNS1SSWtQaEdWbHc/view?usp=sharing Watch the recording of the webinar now! Featured Speakers: Jennifer Clary, Water Program…



In Case You Missed it! Beginner’s Guide to Groundwater Planning

As the deadline for forming GSAs approaches the July 1st deadline, the next step will be implementing the Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) as required in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The Union of Concerned Scientists explained the science behind key requirements of Groundwater Sustainability Plans, including the development and evaluation of sustainability goals, undesirable results, minimum…



In Case You Missed It! The Environment Needs Groundwater: Guidance for SGMA Implementation

On April 20th, 2017 Clean Water Fund hosted another Groundwater Matters webinar with The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy discussed the technical guide and maps they developed to identify and assess Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDE).The Nature Conservancy provided a better understanding of the interconnectedness of surface water and groundwater, and how to use the GDE Map tool…



Sacramento Bee Focuses on Groundwater

The Sacramento Bee ran a lengthy roundup of groundwater sustainability issues by Investigative journalist Susan Sward this week. It’s really good to see the state’s paper of record paying attention to the depth and granularity of this issue, and we’re appreciative both of Susan’s experience—she worked as an investigative reporter at the Chronicle for decades…



In Case You Missed It! The 11th Hour for GSAs:what happens after July 1st?

On February 16, 2017 Clean Water Fund held their second webinar in the Groundwater Matters Webinar Series. Watch the recording of the webinar here! Featured Speakers: Sam Boland-Brien, Manager of the State Water Board Groundwater Management Program Kori Johnson-Lane, CivicSpark Water Fellow with Local Government Commission Moderated by: Matt Davis, California Communications Director for Clean…



California Just Got A Huge Rain Bonus. Let’s Not Blow The Check…

Register for the New Groundwater Matters Webinar,“The 11th Hour for GSAs: What Happens July 1st?”  Click Here to Register We’re hearing that the drought is over in the Northern half of California state, and as you can see from the maps at the top of this post from the USDA Drought Monitor (showing California’s drought levels…



Are GSAs Including Enough Engagement for Interested Parties?

  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires in Water Code 10723.8(a)(4) that Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) notifications filed with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) must provide a list of interested parties and an explanation of how interested parties will be considered in the development and operation of the GSA. The vast majority of…