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Groundwater Sustainability Plan

California Water Commission Approved Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations (May 18, 2016 - Clean version)

California Water Commission Approved Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations (May 18, 2016 - Strikeout version)

Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations
The legislative intent of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is for groundwater basins in California to be managed and regulated by local public agencies and groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs). In the basins designated by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) as medium and high priority, local public agencies and GSAs are required to develop and implement groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) or alternatives to GSPs (Alternatives). Pursuant to Water Code Section 10733.2, DWR is required to draft and adopt emergency regulations for the evaluation of GSPs and Alternatives, the implementation of GSPs and Alternatives, and coordination agreements by June 1, 2016. Those that area not considered Critically Over drafted Basins have until January 30, 2022 to adopt a GSP. The GSA of Tehama County has been designated as the Exclusive GSA within Tehama County and will complete a single GSP covering all of the subbasins or the portions of those subbasins located within Tehama County.

Although not subject to SGMA, local public agencies in basins designated as low and very-low priority are encouraged and authorized to form GSAs and develop GSPs, update existing groundwater management plans, or coordinate with others to develop a new groundwater management plan in accordance with Water Code Section 10750 et seq. Groundwater management plans that were developed in California prior to SGMA are shown here. Click to continue reading...

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Updated: Thursday September 21, 2017

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