Water Commission Approves Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations
May 19, 2016
As expected, the California Water Commission on Wednesday approved the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Emergency Regulations drafted by the Department of Water Resources (DWR). The regulations will guide local groundwater sustainability agency management and regulation of California’s groundwater basins as outlined in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted in 2014. The approved emergency regulations which have been filed with the Office of Administrative Law will go into effect June 2016. The regulations and additional details are available on DWR’s GSP website.
On a related note, by January 1, 2017, DWR will publish best management practices (BMPs) for sustainable groundwater management. These BMPs will provide descriptions of essential elements to be incorporated into a GSP, including stakeholder coordination, effective and appropriate monitoring systems for determining how well sustainability objectives are being met, essential data collection and management, and public transparency guidance. According to DWR’s Groundwater Sustainability Program Strategic Plan, the BMPs will be incorporated into future Bulletin 118 updates. CSAC will continue to rely upon feedback from the CSAC/RCRC County SGMA Working Group during DWRs BMP development process.