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The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is a California Law, comprised of three bills (AB 1739, SB 1168, and SB 1319), that provides local agencies with a framework for managing groundwater basins in a sustainable manner. Recognizing that groundwater is most effectively managed at the local level, SGMA empowers local agencies by providing them with the authority, the technical and the financial means necessary to achieve sustainability within 20 years.
A local agency or combination of local agencies with water supply, water management or land us responsibilities may establish a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). It is the GSA's responsibility to develop and implement a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) that considers all beneficial uses and users of groundwater in the basin.
GSAs must develop GSPs in accordance with the requirements of the California Department of Water Resources' (DWR) GSP Regulations. The plan(s) must include measurable objectives and interim milestones that ensure basin sustainability within 20 years of GSP adoption. A basin may be managed by a single GSP or multiple coordinated GSPs.
|Milestone||Date||Paso Robles Basin Progress|
|GSA Formation||June 30, 2017||DONE|
|Paso Robles Basin GSP due*||January 31, 2020||In Progress|
|GSP Update||-2025 and every 5 years thereafter-|
|Paso Robles Basin achieves sustainability||January 21, 2040||Future Activity|
|Maintain sustainability||2040 - 2070||Future Activity|
Sustainable management criteria are the process by which the Agency [GSA] shall characterize undesirable results, and establish minimum thresholds and measurable objectives for each applicable sustainability indicator. Definitions for these and other related terms are provided below.
Any of the effects caused by groundwater conditions occurring throughout the basin that, when significant and unreasonable, cause undesirable results. The effects considered sustainability indicators are listed below.
The significant and unreasonable occurrence of any of the six sustainability indicators constitutes an undesirable result.
Numeric value for each sustainability indicator used to define undesirable results.
Specific, quantifiable goals for the maintenance or improvement of specified groundwater conditions that have been included in an adopted Plan [GSP] to achieve the sustainability goal for the basin.
Goal for the basin that culminates in the absence of undesirable results within 20 years of the applicable statutory deadline.