Category: Water News

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! 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…



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…



California State Agency Denies Request to Divide Overdrafted Cuyama Basin

After listening to new evidence from concerned local residents, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has denied a request by Santa Barbara County to adjust the boundaries of the Cuyama groundwater basin. The County had requested that the basin be split in two, an action which would have divided long-time agricultural users on the east…



Behind Those California Water Headlines: Problem Solved! Let’s All Go Home!?

Headlines are funny things. They exert a pull that forces us to follow their lead into a story, even though the story itself may be dry and mundane. The three headlines above represent stories published last week to highlight a study by two Stanford researchers who were researching water quality and quantity beneath California’s major oil…



Groundwater Sustainability Moves Forward: Will Communities Be Left Behind?

In May, the California Water Commission approved emergency regulations for the implementation of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  These regulations are a significant milepost in what will be a very long journey towards groundwater sustainability in California. The regulations are intended to provide requirements for local agencies developing groundwater plans as well as…