Effective groundwater management takes time and requires significant resources and commitment on the part of water managers and communities in California. Fortunately, they don’t need to go it alone. Communities from across the western United States have been grappling with groundwater challenges for decades, and they’ve uncovered some important lessons along the way.
The Future of Groundwater in California: Lessons in Sustainable Management from Across the West aims to help California water managers better understand the suite of tools and approaches that can be used to enhance the sustainable management of groundwater. The report presents nine case studies of groundwater management in six states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, and Texas.
The case studies illustrate the importance of building trust, having sufficient data, using a portfolio of management approaches, assuring performance, and having access to funding. These themes will be crucial to the successful implementation of California’s landmark groundwater legislation, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).