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…



Groundwater Matters To All Of Us

Welcome to Groundwater Matters, where we’ll tell the stories of Clean Water Fund’s NGO Groundwater Collaborative. We will tell the compelling stories of the groups we work with at both the state and local scale; tribes on the north coast trying to maintain their cultural values, communities that have lost their water supply in the…