What is SGMA?
In September 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a three-bill package known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The legislation allows local agencies to customize groundwater sustainability plans to their regional economic and environmental needs. SGMA creates a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California history.
“A central feature of these bills is the recognition that groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally. Local agencies will now have the power to assess the conditions of their local groundwater basins and take the necessary steps to bring those basins in a state of chronic long-term overdraft into balance.” –Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act:
SGMA requires local agencies to establish a new governance structure, known as Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, prior to developing groundwater sustainability plans for groundwater basins or sub-basins that are designated as medium or high priority.
SGMA Implementation in Tulare County
There are three groundwater sub-basins in Tulare County, they include: Kings Sub-Basin; Kaweah Sub-Basin; and Tule Sub-Basin. Multiple Groundwater Sustainable Agencies (GSAs) are currently being establish in each groundwater sub-basin.
Click on one of the groundwater sub-basins below for contact information.