Subject: Meeting Notice
From: "Hersh, Lauren@DWR" <Lauren.Hersh@WATER.CA.GOV>
Sent: 9:10am, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The Department of Water Resources Sustainable
Groundwater Management Program will host three public meetings in December
introducing its newest Best Management Practice (BMP) publication,
Sustainable Management Criteria (SCM). This BMP characterizes the relationship between the different sustainable management criteria – the sustainability goal, undesirable results,
minimum thresholds, and measurable objectives – and
describes best management practices for developing these criteria as part of a
Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). This BMP does not impose new
requirements, but describes best management practices for satisfying the
requirements of SGMA and the GSP Regulations.
Local agencies and interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide comments on the SMC BMP. You may fill out a comment card and turn it in at the event, email your comment to: email@example.com Subject: Comments on Draft SMC BMP, or comment by US Postal Service to:
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, California 94236-0001
Attn: Lauren Hersh, Rm 201.
The public comment period ends January 8, 2018. Comments received by DWR on the Sustainable Management Criteria Best Management Practices are posted on DWR’s Public Comments – Best Management Practices webpage.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Visalia Convention Center
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Delhi Community Center
For more information or special accommodations contact Lauren Hersh at Lauren.Hersh@water.ca.gov
Basin Boundary Modifications Requests – 2018 Schedule
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) established a process for local agencies to request DWR to review and revise boundaries of existing groundwater
basins or subbasins, including establishing new subbasins. The initial round of basin boundary
modifications was conducted in 2016 with results published in
Contact: Dane Mathis| Dane.Mathis@water.ca.gov | (559) 230-3354
Draft Guidance Documents for Engagement and Communication
DWR’s draft guidance documents – Guidance Document for Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Stakeholder Communication and Engagement (C&E) and Engagement with Tribal Governments are being finalized. The C&E document offers guidance on communication with stakeholders for GSP development through a transparent and inclusive process. The Engagement with Tribal Governments document is intended to help local agencies engage with Tribal Governments in the planning, financing and management of a GSA, or with the development and implementation of a GSP. Public comments received during the public comment period are taken into consideration as DWR prepares the final versions of these guidance documents. The public comment period closed August 28th, 2017.
Contact: Hong Lin| Hong.Lin@water.ca.gov | (916) 651-9273
Data, Tools, and Reports
From datasets to groundwater – surface water models, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is providing technical assistance to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs), and implement the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The SGMA Technical Assistance Factsheet enables users to find links to technical resources, available on DWR’s SGMA Program – Data, Tools, and Reports webpage including:
· Statewide Data Platforms
· Interactive Maps
New - The California DWR Land Use Viewer, allows GSAs and the public to easily access both statewide (as recent as 2014 crop data) and existing county land use datasets that have been collected over the last 30 years. The Viewer also includes a variety of tools that will allow users to download and analyze land use data. You may want to access the webinar on YouTube for a demonstration of how to use the Viewer.
New - The Well Completion Report Map Application provides access to statewide Well Completion Reports. Well Completion Reports contain information collected by drillers during the drilling and construction of water wells, including the location, dates of construction, planned use, depth of the well, subsurface geologic units encountered, well construction, and well yield.
· Modeling: DWR provides a number of existing integrated hydrologic modeling codes and applications available for use. A summary of these resources is available in the Modeling Tools Fact Sheet, along with FAQs on DWR's Integrated Hydrologic Models and Water Budget Pilot Projects and Integrated Hydrologic Modeling and Water Budgets pertaining to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations
· Climate Change: DWR is providing data, tools, and guidance to assist GSAs with incorporating climate change into their GSPs. This effort leverages previous work done by DWR for the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). Please refer to the Climate Change Fact Sheetfor more information about what will be provided.
· Reports – Best Management Practices, Guidance Documents, Bulletin 118, and Bulletin 160
· NEW GSP Initial Notification System (in development) - DWR is currently in the process of developing a new GSP initial notification system for GSAs to use when submitting their intent to develop a GSP in accordance with the GSP regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Section 353.6). Existing notification that have been provided to DWR and posted on our website (http://water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/gsp_in.cfm) will be transferred to this new system. DWR will be contacting and assisting GSAs with this transfer process. As soon as the system is operational, GSAs will be required to use the system when submitting future notifications. DWR will provide a user’s demonstration of the system during public meetings tentatively scheduled for December (exact dates and locations will be announced soon). It is anticipated this system will operational in January 2018.
Visit our Data, Tools, and Reports webpage for additional information on DWR’s SGMA related Data, Tools, and Reports.
Land Use Viewer, Wyatt Arnold | Wyatt.Arnold@water.ca.gov
Land Use Program, Simon Eching | Simon.Eching@water.ca.gov
Technical Assistance, Steven Springhorn | (916) 651-9273 | Steven.Springhorn@water.ca.gov
SGMA Definitions and
DID YOU KNOW?
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Draft BMP 6: Sustainable Management Criteria
DWR released the draft BMP 6: Sustainable Management Criteria.
The formal comment period began on November 7, 2017 and will end on January 8, 2018.
Comments received on this document are posted.
Sustainable Groundwater Management Program Updates
November 8, 2017
New Draft Best Management Practice Released
DWR has released the Draft Sustainable Management Criteria Best Management Practice (BMP). This BMP offers guidance on developing the four sustainable management criteria identified in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Regulations: minimum thresholds, undesirable results, measurable objectives, and the sustainability goal.
DWR seeks public comments on the Draft Sustainable
Management Criteria BMP. Please send comments via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Comments on Draft SMC BMP
or by U.S. Postal Service to:
P.O. Box 942836
Attn: Lauren Hersh, Rm 201
The deadline for submitting public comments is by 5 pm Monday, January 8, 2018.
DWR will hold three public meetings to discuss the Draft Sustainable Management Criteria BMP. Dates and times for those meetings will be posted to DWR’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Program web site once they are finalized.
by26 Aug 2017
Although Senate Bill 623 is titled: “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund,” a coalition of agricultural and environmental lobbyists convinced its author Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to amend the ground water cleanup bill that has been moving through the Legislature since February, to quietly add a water tax of 95 cents per month on every residence and business. The bill would also tack on $30 million in farm and dairy fees. Read more
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