Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) is comprehensive legislation that governs the management and use of groundwater in the state.  SGMA’s intent is to provide for sustainable management of groundwater basins and to locally manage groundwater basins while minimizing state intervention to only when necessary. The preservation of local management of the region’s groundwater is a fundamental principle for implementing SGMA in the Kings River region.  SGMA defines sustainable groundwater management as the management and use of groundwater in a manner that does not cause undesirable results including:

  • Chronic lowering of groundwater levels
  • Reductions in groundwater storage
  • Seawater intrusion
  • Degraded water quality
  • Land subsidence
  • Surface water depletions that have adverse impacts on beneficial uses

In accordance with the Act there are several agencies in the region leading efforts to develop Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). For information about how you and/or your organization can get involved in one or more of these efforts please contact us.

GSA Development

The SGMA requires the creation of new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) for the purpose of implementing the Act. Learn ways in which these agencies can be created, what local efforts are underway and how you can get involved.

Implementation Timeline

View the statutory schedule for implementation of the SGMA, including adoption of state regulations, governance formation, and development of a sustainability plan.

Groundwater Basin Boundary Modifications

The Basin Boundary Emergency Regulation was developed by DWR and went into effect November 2015. Boundary modification proposals were submitted in March 2016.