DWR Releases DRAFT SGMA BMP & Guidance Documents


DWR has elected to publish two categories of information that can assist Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) with developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). DWR has developed draft Best Management Practices (BMPs) and draft Guidance Documents addressing the sustainable management of groundwater – all available information can be downloaded here: http://water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/bmps.cfm.

BMPs are intended to provide clarification, guidance, and examples to help GSAs develop the essential elements of a GSP. Draft BMP topics include the following:

Guidance Documents provide suggestions, with supporting graphics, for developing certain GSP components where no establish practice in the water management industry exists. Draft Guidance Documents include the following:

The comment period for BMPs will take place between October 28, 2016, and November 28, 2016. There are several options to provide comments to DWR including:

    • At a Public Meeting – Via Comment Card
    • Via Email – to sgmps@water.ca.gov
    • Mail to – California Department of Water Resources, Attn: Lauren Bisnett, Public Affairs, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236

It should be noted that BMPs and Guidance Documents do not serve as a substitute for the GSP Regulations or the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.