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CA Water Blog: Groundwater Issues Council weighs in on Sustainability

GRA’s Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council weighs in on BMPs for Groundwater Sustainability Plans

Source: California Department of Water Resources

by Thomas Harter, Vicki Kretsinger Grabert, Reid Bryson, and Tim Parker

On May 26, 2016, eight days after the California Water Commission voted to approve emergency regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans, the Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) held the sixth annual workshop of the Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council (CGIC) to address a closely related component of Sustainable Groundwater

Cover for the Ground Water Sustainability Plan (GSP) Annotated Outline. Source: California Department of Water Resources

Management Act (SGMA) implementation: best management practices (BMPs).  With input from CGIC and other groups, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has since
published its first round of BMPs and Guidelines on some core activities within Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs): monitoring protocols, monitoring networks, development of hydrogeologic conceptual models, water budgets, and modeling. Additional BMPs and guidelines as well as statewide data support will be forthcoming as Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) prepare their GSPs. Guidance on establishing sustainable management criteria, on engaging with tribal governments, and on communication and stakeholder engagements are next on DWR’s list.

 

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