California trailed behind many other states in groundwater management before passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014. Now, with careful implementation of the new law, California has an opportunity to transform into a model for the West and other water-challenged parts of the world.

EDF is providing guidance to groundwater agencies on how to navigate complex groundwater issues to comply with the new law in order to successfully bring groundwater supplies back into balance. Please scroll down to explore our SGMA resources.

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Advancing Strategic Land Repurposing and Groundwater Sustainability in California: A guide for developing regional strategies to create multiple benefits.

This guide outlines practical and creative approaches for the development of regionally coordinated land repurposing strategies, features one-page case studies, and includes a financial analysis summarizing funding options.
March 2021

Webinar: Navigating SGMA Groundwater Allocations & Minimizing Legal Risk

This webinar features a panel presentation with the authors of an article in the UCLA Journal of Environment Law & Policy titled “The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the Common Law of Groundwater Rights — Finding a Consistent Path Forward for Groundwater Allocation.”
October 2020

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