How SGMA Will Affect Agricultural Groundwater Users and Key Considerations for Developing an Implementation Strategy

How SGMA Will Affect Agricultural Groundwater Users and Key Considerations for Developing an Implementation Strategy

Sep 14, 2017

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Author, Western Grower & Shipper, September/October 2017

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is now in its third year of operation. Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have been formed throughout the medium- and high-priority basins across California and those GSAs are now beginning to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The GSPs will afford greater long-term groundwater supply reliability by avoiding chronic groundwater depletion and other “undesirable results,” such as significant loss of storage, water quality degradation, subsidence, and seawater intrusion. To achieve sustainable management, groundwater extractions will need to be reduced in many basins experiencing overdraft conditions.

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