A new report, “Navigating Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” by the Wheeler Water Institute, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the UC Berkeley School of Law, examines the challenges and risks to Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) in developing and implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) that address the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Conflict between surface and groundwater users have been occurring for decades, but SGMA may offer GSAs an opportunity to help communities and other stakeholders respond to those challenges and resolve longstanding issues.
The UC Water and the Wheeler Water Institute convened two workshops at UC Berkeley School of Law in June and July 2017. The discussion and additional research by the authors serve as the basis for this report which strives to examine the legal questions facing GSAs as they work to meet the requirements of SGMA. This report may provide guidance for practitioners, including groundwater managers and state agency staff, to manage groundwater-surface water interactions proactively and effectively.
More information may be obtained from Mike Kiparsky, Director of Wheeler Water Institute, Center for Law, Energy & Environment; firstname.lastname@example.org; (510) 643-6044.