GSP Emergency Regulations

Approved Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations
Notice of Proposed Emergency Regulatory Action
Finding of Emergency
GSP Emergency Regulations Guide

Draft GSP Emergency Regulation Webinar (March 24, 2016)
Public Comments – Draft GSP Emergency Regulations
Draft GSP Emergency Regulations (February 18, 2016)
GSP Emergency Regulations Public Meetings and Public Comment Process
Draft GSP Emergency Regulations Guide (March 2)

GSP Emergency Regulation Development Process

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is required to adopt emergency regulations for evaluating and implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) to achieve the legislative intent of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) (Water Code Section 10720.1) by June 1, 2016. Draft regulations are expected in early 2016. GSP regulations will contain the plan components specified in Water Code Sections 10727.2, 10727.4, and 10727.6, as well as other information that will assist Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and local agencies in planning for groundwater sustainability.

In its development of emergency GSP regulations the DWR elected to implement a multi-phased communication and outreach strategy which encouraged various stakeholder groups to provide input on specific GSP topics. These topics were parsed into ten separate, though related, discussion papers:


Topic 1 – Pre-SGMA Conditions and Undesirable Results
Topic 2 – Measureable Objectives and Interim Milestones
Topic 3 – Land Use and County Involvement
Topic 4 – Alternative GSP Submittals
Topic 5 – Boundaries – Overlapping and Unmonitored Areas
Topic 6 – Intra-Basin Coordination Agreements
Topic 7 – Water Budgets and Coordination
Topic 8 – State Agency Coordination
Topic 9 – Data Collection, Management, and Reporting
Topic 10 – Adaptive Management and Focus Areas