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The California Department of Water Resources (DWA) and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) are partnering to implement and enforce the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). SGMA is a law enacted in 2014 designed to manage groundwater resources throughout California and requires the formation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) which then are to create Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) to help stabilize groundwater levels in their area over the next 20 years. The goal of SGMA will be to promote sustainable groundwater practices to protect California regions against drought and climate change. Currently, groundwater accounts for 40-60% of the state's water use. GSPs for critically over drafted basins were due January 31, 2020, while GSPs for high- and medium-priority basins will be due in 2022. All submitted GSPs can be reviewed on the DWR website and were subject to a 75 day public comment period, which closed June 3, 2020, and technical review by the DWR. A joint press release published by the agencies can also be found here.

For more information on the SGMA and corresponding requirements, please contact the Trinity Bakersfield Office or email Tony Phan.