On September 16, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a three-bill legislative package, comprised of AB 1739 (Dickinson), SB 1168 (Pavley), and SB 1319 (Pavley), collectively known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The Governor’s signing message states “a central feature of these bills is the recognition that groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally.”
SGMA requires the formation of locally-controlled groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) in the State’s priority groundwater basins and subbasins. The legislation authorizes any local agency, as defined, or combination of local agencies to elect to be a GSA.
The GSA will have certain responsibilities and authorities and will be required to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) by January 31, 2022.
The WRA and the Yolo County Farm Bureau have been actively engaging stakeholder groups and conducting outreach to the agricultural and rural water communities on the implementation of the SGMA and the creation of a GSA. The WRA and Yolo County Farm Bureau have received Department of Water Resources local assistance support to engage neutral facilitation services to assist with the development of a forward-looking vision for greater collaboration, with a focus of developing an actionable plan for the implementation of the SGMA and the creation of a GSA.