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New SGMA FAQs from State Water Resources Control Board

March 30, 2017

The State Water Resources Control Board issued a new round of FAQs about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). This document addresses various questions about SGMA implementation as the initial deadline of June 30, 2017 approaches.

Specifically, it addresses the question of whether or not a county must provide notice if it is accepting presumed status as the groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) in an unmanaged area (answer: yes, with some illustrative examples), and what happens if the 90-day waiting period to become an exclusive GSA has not expired by June 30, 2017 (answer: the State Water Board will not intervene in a basin in which the entire basin is within the management area of a GSA, even if the 90-day notice period for a GSA to become the exclusive GSA for that area has not expired by June 30, 2017).

CSAC and RCRC continue to work with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) regarding the county role in coverage for unmanaged areas.

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