San Diego County Sustainable Groundwater Management
|Get the latest information for each basin:|
|San Diego River Valley Groundwater Basin|
|San Luis Rey Valley Groundwater Basin|
|San Pasqual Valley Groundwater Basin|
About the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
In September 2014, Governor Brown signed into law the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which provides a framework to regulate groundwater for the first time in California’s history. SGMA became effective January 1, 2015. The intent of the law is to strengthen local groundwater management of basins most critical to the state’s water needs with an understanding that groundwater is most effectively managed at the local level.
SGMA requires basins to be sustainably managed by local public agencies (e.g., counties, cities, and water agencies) who become groundwater sustainability agencies, or GSAs. The primary purpose of the GSAs is to develop and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to achieve long-term groundwater sustainability.
Comprehensive stakeholder involvement is critical to sustainable groundwater management, and SGMA requires GSAs to involve stakeholders and interested parties in implementation of SGMA.
SGMA in San Diego County
In San Diego County, the State has designated four of the county’s basins as medium-priority and subject to SGMA: Borrego Valley, San Diego River Valley, San Luis Rey Valley and San Pasqual Valley.
SGMA Implementation Timeline
SGMA has set the following deadlines in order to prevent state intervention:
|June 30, 2017||Formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)|
|January 31, 2020||Adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs)
Critically Overdrafted Basins (e.g., Borrego Valley)
|January 31, 2022||Adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs)
All Other Basins (e.g., San Diego River, San Luis Rey, San Pasqual)
|20-Year Implementation Period||Implementation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs)|
General Information About SGMA
- The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (law)
- Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations
- Department of Water Resources SGMA Website
- GSA Formation Notifications
- California Groundwater Basins
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Department of Water Resources’ Water Data Library
- California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM) Program
- Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program
- USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network
- County of San Diego Groundwater Well Permitting
For More Information
If you have additional questions about San Diego County Sustainable
Groundwater Management, please email PDS.Groundwater@sdcounty.ca.gov.
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SGMA in San Diego County is funded, in part, by the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, administered by State of California, Department of Water Resources.