The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has already altered water management planning, 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 WAVE Project will focus on 52 Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) that lie across the five core San Joaquin Valley counties of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern. These 52 GSAs face similar physical 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.
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).
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).