Sustainable Groundwater Planning Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the final versions of the Guidelines for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the “Counties with Stressed Basins” solicitation, funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). These recently released documents and other information about the SGWP Grant Program, can be found here.
A workshop will be held to provide potential grant applicants with assistance on preparing grant applications. This workshop can be attended in-person or via webcast. For specific information regarding the applicant assistance workshop, please click here.
According to DWR, the SGWP Grant Program is designed to encourage sustainable management of groundwater resources Proposition 1 funding for projects that support sustainable groundwater management planning and implementation. This PSP works in conjunction with the Guidelines to disburse the Proposition 1 SGWP funds made available to Counties with stressed groundwater basins to do the following:
- Update or develop County groundwater ordinances to improve sustainable management of groundwater.
- Update or develop plans that protect basins and their beneficial uses and help facilitate basin-wide sustainable groundwater management or actions that will lead to the update or development of such plans.
Applications for the grant funding are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2015.
Forming Sustainable Groundwater Management Agencies Report
The California Water Foundation has released a report – Know Your Options: A Guide to Forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies” which is authored by Valerie Kincaid and Ryan StagerofO’Laughlin and Paris LLP.
“Know Your Options” is meant to provide local agencies and
interested stakeholders with a resource for groundwater
sustainability agency (GSA) formation and coordination under
SGMA. It focuses on memorandums of agreement (MOAs)and joint
powers agreements (JPAs), two legal arrangements mentioned in
SGMA that can be used by local agencies for GSA formation and
groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) development and
To provide examples, the Guide examines relevant case studies of actual MOAs and JPAs to highlight how past agreements have navigated the discussed topics. Finally, the Guide provides templates for both an MOA for GSAs coordinating their respective GSPs, and a JPA for local agencies to use for creating a JPA to serve as a GSA. These template agreements may help agencies organizing management structures to better identify the challenges of governance and structure coordination to meet these challenges.