Groundwater Management

for Water Supply Security and Sustainability

Sustainable groundwater management is arguably the most critical natural resource issue for California in an era of climate change.  Research projects are evaluating:

1) Groundwater management for California's adjudicated Groundwater Basins (exempt from California's 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act - SGMA), Special Act Groundwater Districts (can become the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for their basin under SGMA), and additional coastal groundwater basins.

2) Groundwater management strategies to proactively and sustainably reduce the risk of water shortages associated with drought. One focus is on the the establishment of local groundwater drought reserves.