Sustainability from the Ground Up: A Framework for Groundwater Management..Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
Sustainability from the Ground Up: A Framework for Groundwater Management in California
ACWA released a major policy document on groundwater management on Monday, April 4. The document, Sustainability from the Ground Up: A Framework for Groundwater Management in California, provides an in-depth look at current efforts to manage groundwater basins in California and recommends proactive steps to advance sustainable management.
The document was developed over 18 months by a task force of ACWA members and groundwater managers with extensive regional input and review. It highlights examples of successful local groundwater management programs around the state, identifies impediments to success at the local level, and recommends specific actions and policies to help ensure the sustainability of Californias locally managed groundwater resources.
As the Framework notes, California has a long history of managing groundwater resources through locally controlled programs. Though many of these programs have been very effective, the array of challenges on the horizon will demand even more of local agencies and require a greater commitment to sustainable management especially as California relies more and more on groundwater as surface water deliveries continue to be constrained.
Tools for Members:
ACWA has developed several tools, including a fact sheet, talking points, frequently asked questions, and local contacts, to familiarize members with the document and help them respond to any inquiries they may receive. Visit http://www.acwa.com/content/groundwater/sustainability-ground-framework-groundwater-management-california for more information and downloadable materials.