DWR, ACWA to Hold Groundwater Monitoring Workshops in Advance of 2011 Deadline

July 19, 2010

Starting August 9, 2010, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) will conduct workshops around the state on draft guidelines to help local agencies meet a 2011 deadline arising from new groundwater elevation monitoring and reporting mandates imposed by SBX7-6.

SBX7-6 requires monitoring and reporting of groundwater elevations in all basins and sub-basins identified in DWR Bulletin 113 (2003). The purpose is to show seasonal and long-term groundwater elevation trends. Monitoring can be performed and/or coordinated by local entities that volunteer by January 1, 2011, and reporting must begin by January 1, 2012.

The six joint DWR-ACWA workshops will present information about the program and solicit public input. Workshops are scheduled in Byron (August 9), Fresno (August 10), Sonoma (August 17), Redding (August 18), Riverside (August 24), and Los Angeles (August 25). Registration for the workshops is required about one week before each workshop (click here for brochure).

Local agencies eligible to perform the monitoring and reporting function include watermasters, groundwater management agencies with statutory authority, water replenishment districts, local agencies that manage all or part of a groundwater basin, local agencies that implement an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, counties, and voluntary groundwater associations formed to perform the monitoring and reporting function. The six workshops aim to reach eligible local agencies.

If no local entity volunteers to monitor and report for a basin or sub-basin, DWR will directly conduct local groundwater monitoring. In that case, any local groundwater management entities that could have assumed monitoring and reporting responsibility may be ineligible for state water grants or loans.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following from our office, or the attorney with whom you normally consult.

Eric Robinson or Stan Powell | 916.321.4500