March 11, 2021

DWR Releases California’s Groundwater – Update 2020 Draft, Seeking Public Input

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently released California’s Groundwater – Update 2020 and is encouraging community members and water managers to provide input. This draft contains relevant information regarding California’s groundwater, as the state faces a critical drought year.

This draft also recognizes the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2014 and builds a statewide framework to share new information and progress made by locals who are managing groundwater basins across the state. While doing so, it also highlights pertinent topics such as water markets and climate change’s impact on groundwater.

DWR is developing a companion California’s Groundwater web-based dashboard leveraging the California Natural Resources Agency Open Data Platform to improve the access and timeliness of statewide groundwater information. DWR will present an overview of California’s Groundwater at a public webinar meeting on March 30, 2021, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Click here to register.

Public Comment Period

A 45-day public comment period is now open on the draft report and companion California’s Groundwater Online application. All comments will be reviewed and will provide valuable feedback to DWR to improve the analysis, reporting and access to California’s groundwater information.

Public comments can be emailed to [email protected] and will be accepted through April 26, 2021.

To review submitted public comments, email [email protected].