UNDERSTANDING SGMA

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All About the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies

Learn about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which was adopted by the California Legislation in 2014 in response to the severe over-pumping of groundwater in what was then the third year of an historic drought.

This factsheet gives a brief overview of SGMA, its implications for communities, and how to get involved in the process.

Available in Spanish.

Under SGMA, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) were formed to manage groundwater. This opinion piece describes key elements to consider when forming effective GSAs.

The Devil is in the Design: Forming California’s New Groundwater Agencies

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act FAQs

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies

This blog post gives recommendations for designing Groundwater Sustainability Agency in a way that most effectively facilitates effective groundwater management.

Frequently Asked Questions and answers about SGMA, compiled by the Community Water Center.

Available in Spanish.

Under SGMA, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) were formed to manage groundwater. This opinion piece describes key elements to consider when forming effective GSAs.

About Your Groundwater Basin

Find out which groundwater basin area you live in, whether it’s a medium or high priority basin, and what that means under SGMA.

15-30 minute reads

Managing California’s Groundwater: Smart Water, Smart Planning

This factsheet gives an overview of SGMA and describes the roles that different entities (cities, tribes, local agencies, stakeholders etc.) can play in Groundwater Sustainability Agencies.

1 hour reads

The 11th Hour for GSAs — What happens July 1st?

Learning from California’s Experience with Small Water System Consolidations

The importance of Institutional Design for Distributed local-level Governance of Groundwater

In this video, the Manager of the State Water Board Groundwater Management Program discusses the timeline for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies after July 1st, 2017.

Consolidation of small water systems can create economies of scale that improve water access in disadvantaged communities. This report synthesizes a workshop aimed at identifying lessons learned from consolidations and building dialogue among stakeholders.

“In this article, we draw on insights from research on common pool resource management and natural resources governance to develop guidelines for institutional design for local groundwater governance, grounded in California’s developing experience.”

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Measuring What Matters

This report offers guidelines on how to set measurable objectives when forming groundwater sustainability plans.