The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has already altered water management planning in much of California and more changes will follow. Without any mitigation, SGMA compliance is estimated to permanently remove up to one million acres of San Joaquin Valley farmland from production (Sundling & Roland-Holst 2020). The retirement of farmland on that scale will send an economic shock to all segments of the Valley’s economy, with reverberations to be felt throughout the state, the nation, and the world.
The SGMA WAVE (Water and Valley Economy) project focuses on 72 Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) that lie across the five core San Joaquin Valley counties of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern. These 72 GSAs face similar problems of water distribution, critical groundwater overdrafts, and severe recurring drought in the same geographic region but have evolved different Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and organizational structures. This project will determine if statewide water policies such as SGMA and its GSAs are successfully scalable across California. The project will also survey GSA leaders, growers, and other water stakeholders in the study area to assess the effectiveness of the mandatory public outreach by the GSA and potential barriers to stakeholder engagement in the SGMA process.
What is SGMA WAVE?
Meet the SGMA WAVE Team
Mallory's Role: SGMA GSA Database
Elijah's Role: GIS Database
As a key stakeholder, your participation in SGMA is critical to ensure your concerns are heard as projects and programs are being developed to support groundwater sustainability. To better understand how the California State University system can provide SGMA engagement assistance, we are asking you to take a short survey about your current participation in SGMA activities. All results will be anonymous, and survey respondent identities will be confidential. The final results will be part of a larger study by CSU-WATER.
The California Strategic Growth Council coordinates and works collaboratively with public agencies, communities, and stakeholders to achieve sustainability, equity, economic prosperity, and quality of life for all Californians. As part of this mission, SGC regularly funds universities to undertake community-based participatory action research that will “move the needle", studies that lead to measurable and lasting improvement in sustainability and resilience of California communities.
CSU-WATER and Sonoma State will conduct an initial scoping of tools and resources that can be used to inform SGC grant and contract guidelines for the UC and CSU systems. Objectives and associated tasks include:
Translating Academic Research into Community Benefits by CSU-WATER: SGC Capacity Building Grant Kick-Off
The Disadvantaged Communities Center (DACC) brings students and faculty experts together to provide water management assistance to California’s most vulnerable communities. CSU-WATER’s Disadvantaged Communities Center has two sources of funding: the California State Water Resources Control Board via Proposition 1, and the Department of Water Resources (DWR).
WaterTalks is a public program designed to generate and increase community involvement in planning a sustainable water future for California. Its goal is to explore the strengths and opportunities of 128 communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties facing ongoing economic and environmental distress, and to gather input to prioritize and recommend water-related projects based on issues of greatest concern.
WaterTalks will be implemented in three phases. The first phase of WaterTalks outreach events are designed to educate and engage communities in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties facing ongoing economic and environmental distress, empowering them to engage in water planning including subsequent phases of WaterTalks.
CSU-WATER's Disadvantaged Communities Center has two sources of funding: the California State Water Resources Control Board via Proposition 1, and the Department of Water Resources (DWR).