Sustainable Groundwater Management Act


Without bold action and preparation, climate change threats may bring similar impacts to those of COVID-19 Self-Help Enterprises

Groundwater Sustainability is a Necessity More Than Ever

, Western States Climate Scientist

The current pandemic is a threat to those closest to us today in a way that presages what we will experience on an accelerating basis due to the climate emergency. The low level of preparation communities have experienced around the pandemic, echos what these same communities face for water management on a daily basis and will face with future climate change threats unless fundamental changes are made locally. Read more >

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The Devil Is in the Data: Principles for Ensuring the Success of Groundwater Management

, Former climate scientist

During this California drought, half of our water has come from underground. Responsible groundwater management is necessary to ensure water availability in the future. Read more >

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The Devil Is in the Details: Forming California’s New Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

Dave Owen,

“We Don’t Do Groundwater,” the title began, and until recently, that was true—in spite of the immense importance of the resource. Outside of a few urban areas in coastal southern California, California groundwater use regulation was largely an oxymoron. Read more >

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: New California Groundwater Regulations Missing Metrics to Define Sustainability

, Former climate scientist

The landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) now has draft regulations available for public comment. They are a mix of good, bad, and ugly. Read more >

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El Niño Won’t Fill Up California’s Critical Groundwater Reservoirs

, Former climate scientist

El Niño is hitting California at last, bringing the pitter-patter of rain, snowy mountains, and more wet weather in the weeks ahead. For me, El Niño’s arrival the last couple of weeks has been an opportunity to introduce my toddler to the joy of splashing in puddles—which have been practically nonexistent since she was born. Read more >

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