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DWR Seeks Public Comment on Draft California’s Groundwater – Update 2020 
Public Webinar Announced for March 30, 2021.

March 18, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the draft California’s Groundwater – Update 2020, containing information on the condition of the state’s groundwater. DWR will be present an overview of the document at a public webinar meeting on March 30, 2021, at noon. As counties move into another likely dry year, this document will provide critical information for water and drought managers throughout the state. CSAC encourages you to review the publication and provide input through the 45-day public comment period which is now on the draft report. Public comments can be emailed to CalGW@water.ca.gov and will be accepted through April 26, 2021.

The current version of California’s Groundwater provides a comprehensive look at statewide groundwater activities, compiling technical information and data from 2003 to 2020. The bulletin builds a statewide framework to share new information and progress made by locals who are managing groundwater basins across the state. It also highlights emerging topics such as water markets and the impacts of climate change on groundwater and summarizes groundwater information for each of the state’s 10 hydrologic regions. 

California’s Groundwater is organized to share the growing body of groundwater data that is available now and will continue to be submitted by local agencies in the future as part of the implementation of SGMA. DWR is developing a companion California’s Groundwater web-based dashboard leveraging the California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Platform to improve the access and timeliness of statewide groundwater information, making it easily available for water managers and the public to use.

The final version of California’s Groundwater is expected to be released in summer 2021. For more information, visit  the DWR Groundwater Website or contact Catherine Freeman, CSAC Legislative Representative, at cfreeman@counties.org.

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