Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGMA)

Acronyms used on this page:
SGMA = Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
GSA = Groundwater Sustainability Agency/Agencies
GSP = Groundwater Sustainability Plan(s)
DWR = Department of Water Resources

Overview
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed into California law in fall of 2014 and took effect in January 2015. SGMA requires that state-designated medium- and high-priority basins and sub-basins must form a groundwater sustainability agency and develop a long-term GSP. In Kern County the designated basins/sub-basins are Indian Wells Valley Sub-basin, Kern County Sub-basin, and Cuyama Valley Basin. These basins must comply with SGMA.
General Information
California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM)
CASGEM mandates a statewide groundwater elevation monitoring program to track seasonal and long term trends in priority groundwater basins in California.
CASGEM status designation in Kern County:
  • Cuyama Valley groundwater basin - partially monitored
  • Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin - fully monitored
  • Kern County Groundwater sub-basin - partially monitored

If you have questions or concerns related to the SGMA Act or Kern County's actions in this area, contact:

Alan Christensen - County Administrative Office

661-868-3183

IWV Groundwater Authority Meetings2017 Meeting Schedule (PDF)
IWV Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation Meetings
7/15/16
6/17/16
6/10/16
5/20/16
4/15/16
4/7/16
3/18/16
3/3/16
2/19/16 In-person Meeting
2/11/16
1/14/16
12/17/15
12/03/15
11/19/15
10/23/15
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