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Introductory videos

SGMA Overview
56:29
SGMA Overview. From the DACTI Virutal Summit.
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Groundwater Sustainability Concepts and Myths
57:35
Groundwater Sustainability Concepts and Myths from the National Groundwater Association.
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The Water Beneath Our Feet
59:01
Have you ever wondered how rivers flow in September when the snow has melted and no rain has fallen for months? Or what sustains a desert oasis, or that relaxing hot spring? The answer to these questions is: groundwater – the water stored in the aquifers under the Earth’s surface. Groundwater is a critical source of California’s water supply, providing 40% in most years, and up to 60% in periods of drought.
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SGMA Explained
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If you have questions about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, SGMA, view this brief video that will give you an overview, in non-technical terms. Video by Consolidated Irrigation District.
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GSA 101: Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
44:28
Presentation by Eric Osterling, General Manager, Greater Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
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SGMA and Groundwater Users Working Together
4:01
Groundwater sustainability plans include important decisions about how groundwater can be shared among different groundwater users, including community water systems, domestic well communities, agriculture, and for industrial and commercial activity. In this video, hear from different stakeholders about the importance of stakeholders working together to implement SGMA. Video by Self Help Enterprises.
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Rural Communities and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
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Under SGMA, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies have the task of creating Groundwater Sustainability Plans to get us back on track to managing this resource sustainably. Learn how community members can get involved in ensuring we all have enough water for our needs. Video by Self Help Enterprises.
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San Joaquin Valley Water and Land Use Series- Part 1.3 SGMA’s Challenges and Opportunities
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This video covers SGMA's opportunities, challenges, who can participate in a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA), and how YOU can become involved.
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San Joaquin Valley Water and Land Use Series- Part 1.2 Local Management Under SGMA
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This video covers groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) and other agency roles, why we need GSAs, what GSA formations look like, and the SGMA timeline.
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San Joaquin Valley Water and Land Use Series- Part 1.1 Introduction to the New Groundwater Law
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This video is an introduction to the new groundwater law, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). It goes over why SGMA passed, what it aims to achieve, and the six "sins" of SGMA to avoid.
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Tutorials

Groundwater Tools & Resource Fair
24:56
Coreen Weintraub, Union of Concerned Scientists; Christina Babbitt, Environmental Defense Fund; Ruthie Redmond, The Nature Conservancy; Debi Ores, Community Water Center; Becky Rittenburg, The Freshwater Trust; Amanda Monaco, Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability; Daniel Mountjoy, Sustainable Conservation; Tara Moran (presented by Jennifer Clary), Stanford Water in the West
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How to Download and Use Zoom on a Computer
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Tutorial provided by CaliWaterAg.
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How to download and use Zoom on your cell phone
5:21
Tutorial provided by CaliWaterAg.
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DWR’s SGMA Data Viewer and Updated Subsidence Information
10:48
DWR has updated the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program’s SGMA Data Viewer to include updated subsidence information to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), water managers, and others implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The data now includes historical subsidence information from 1949 to 2005 and updated satellite based remote sensing InSAR data from June 2015 to June 2018.
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Groundwater Sustainability Plan Initial Notification Webinar
47:54
A DWR tutorial on how to use the GSP Initial Notification portal.
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Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Reporting System Workshop
1:09:10
This video demonstrates how to use the Groundwater Sustainability Plan reporting system.
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Groundwater Allocations

Navigating SGMA Groundwater Allocations & Minimizing Legal Risk
1:28:56
One of the biggest challenges to implementing California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) centers on deciding who gets to pump how much groundwater without changing groundwater rights. To provide more clarity to groundwater agencies on how to navigate this challenge, Environmental Defense Fund partnered with four leading law experts to develop the law review article, which takes a deep dive into the relationship between SGMA and groundwater rights.
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Groundwater Banking

Groundwater Recharge

Managed Aquifer Recharge in California
15:39
Many states including California are using their groundwater faster than they can replace it -how can managing aquifer recharge help? This talk by Timothy Parker reviews the geoscience of managed aquifer recharge and how California is managing its groundwater storage. Presented by the American Geosciences Institute.
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Recharged: Improving Freshwater Supply and Quality
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University of Santa Cruz hydrogeologist Andrew Fisher leads a team of researchers looking for better ways to capture runoff and use it to not only increase groundwater quantity, but also quality. They are using the Pajaro Valley on the central California coast, a productive and valuable agriculture area, as their practical laboratory, working with farmers and water managers to recharge groundwater. Recharge net metering is a novel practice of crediting groundwater.
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Recharge and Reservoir Management in California, Keys to Water Security
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This talk by Graham Fogg reviews surface and groundwater storage in California, new opportunities from winter recharge on farms and floodplains, and examples of alternate reservoir and aquifer management. This webinar introduces the geoscience of managing groundwater storage and recharge, discusses groundwater storage policies and research in California and Texas, and reviews case studies and potential future developments.
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Flooding Orchards to Replenish Groundwater: A UC Experiment in Groundwater Replenishment Strategies
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To develop groundwater replenishment strategies, Professor Helen Dahlke joins fellow UC Davis researchers, UC Cooperative Extension and California farmers to test the impacts of irrigating almond orchards in the winter to recharge groundwater aquifers and to help manage water resources sustainably.
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Recharge Net Metering
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Recharge Net Metering (ReNeM) is a novel incentive program that encourages individual efforts to use excess surface water to improve groundwater supply and quality. A ReNeMe pilot program was launched in the Pajaro Valley, Central Coastal California. This short video describes the ReNeM program, how it is run, and the benefits it may provide. From UCTV
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Sonoma County Groundwater Recharge Workshop
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This workshop focused on how groundwater can be ‘recharged’ to help better manage and sustain local aquifers. Presentations include: Recharge: What is it? What is it not? Different types of recharge, snd recharge in the context of SGMA; California’s Flood-MAR (Managed Aquifer Recharge) project: What is it? Where is it happening? How does it work?; and Local recharge efforts: What farmers are doing in Sonoma County to enhance recharge.
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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: The Role and Design of Groundwater Markets
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Local water managers are considering water markets as a potential approach for achieving sustainability targets. However, water is a non-traditional resource, and water markets need to be designed with an eye toward protecting communities and the environment. Join us for a discussion on groundwater markets and market design. Presented by UCANR.
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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: The Potential for Managed Aquifer Recharge
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This webinar discusses the potential role for Managed Aquifer Recharge as a cost-effective solution for SGMA targets, and key take-aways from the economics literature. From UCANR.
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Groundwater-surface water interactions

Understanding a Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem: Scott Valley
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This video provides an overview of how groundwater and surface water interact, what the implications of these interactions on water resources are, and how water can be more effectively managed if an understanding of these interactions is incorporated. From the American Geosciences Institute.
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Water As One Resource: How Groundwater Interacts with Lakes and Streams
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This presentation provides an overview of how groundwater and surface water interact, what the implications of these interactions on water resources are, and how water can be more effectively managed if an understanding of these interactions is incorporated.
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The Interactive Roles of Surface Water & Groundwater
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This tool is designed to educate the public regarding the interaction of surface water and groundwater in conjunctive use situations. In an objective and scientifically sound manner, the video illustrates how groundwater and surface water interact in different geologic settings with certain factors added in such as domestic wells, domestic waste water systems, and irrigation structures. Presented by the National Groundwater Association.
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Groundwater and surface water interactions under water shortage
29:56
Presentation by Thomas Harter, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis.
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Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM)

Collaborating Across IRWM and SGMA – Groundwater Recharge
01:33:30
This webinar featured a panel discussion to explore opportunities for [...]
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IRWM SGMA Collaboration across project development
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Listen to real stories of how Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) work with Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) regions to develop and select multi-benefits projects.
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Programa de Manejo Integrado Regional del Agua (IRWM)
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Aprenda del Programa de Manejo Integrado Regional del Agua (IRWM, por sus siglas en inglés), financiación para la planificación y la implementación para una variedad de proyectos que mejoran o protegen los recursos hídricos, y cómo las comunidades pueden involucrarse.
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What is Integrated Regional Water Management?
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This webinar provides an introduction to Integrated Regional Water Management and highlights examples of success stories of how diverse stakeholders came together to find solutions to regional water issues.
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Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program
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Learn about the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program, planning and implementation funding for a variety of projects that improve or protect water resources, and how communities can get involved. Video by Self Help Enterprises.
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IRWM: Addressing Regional Water Challenges
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Learn about the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program, regional community water challenges and opportunities, and the future of the IRWM program.
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Land subsidence

DWR’s SGMA Data Viewer and Updated Subsidence Information
10:48
DWR has updated the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program’s SGMA Data Viewer to include updated subsidence information to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), water managers, and others implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The data now includes historical subsidence information from 1949 to 2005 and updated satellite based remote sensing InSAR data from June 2015 to June 2018.
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Land subsidence
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The link between groundwater use and sinking landscapes: What is land subsidence, where does it happen, and why does it matter? How do weather and land use affect land subsidence in California? Why are we optimistic about the future of land subsidence in California?
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Land use

Advancing Strategic Land Repurposing and Groundwater Sustainability in California
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This webinar features a presentation and panel discussion related to a [...]
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Valley 2040: Planning for Water and Land Use Transitions
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Bringing groundwater basins into balance will have broad impacts on Valley agriculture in coming years—including taking some farmland out of production. A discussion about the kinds of tools that will be needed to prepare for successful water and land use transitions as the region implements the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
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Regional

Water Resource Management in the Pajaro Valley
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Brian Lockwood, General Manager/Hydrogeologist, Pajaro Valley Water District Management. From the California Department of Food and Ag.
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Understanding a Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem: Scott Valley
15:21
This video provides an overview of how groundwater and surface water interact, what the implications of these interactions on water resources are, and how water can be more effectively managed if an understanding of these interactions is incorporated. From the American Geosciences Institute.
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Sonoma County Groundwater Recharge Workshop
1:46:09
This workshop focused on how groundwater can be ‘recharged’ to help better manage and sustain local aquifers. Presentations include: Recharge: What is it? What is it not? Different types of recharge, snd recharge in the context of SGMA; California’s Flood-MAR (Managed Aquifer Recharge) project: What is it? Where is it happening? How does it work?; and Local recharge efforts: What farmers are doing in Sonoma County to enhance recharge.
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Implementing SGMA in the Salinas Valley
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Gary Petersen, Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency discusses the sustainability planning process.
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SGMA in the Turlock Subbasin
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We produced this short video as a way to explain what is happening related to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in the Turlock Subbasin.
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Kings Subbasin Groundwater Tour
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The Kings Subbasin Groundwater Tour, held by Self-Help Enterprises and the Kings River Conservation District, provided an opportunity to learn how water - both surface and groundwater - is used and managed by various users of the Kings Subbasin, and how we can address our groundwater challenges and reach sustainability by working together in light of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
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SGMA Implementation

DWR/SWRCB Joint SGMA Webinar
1:44:02
On February 18, 2021, Department of Water Resources and the State [...]
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IRWM SGMA Collaboration across project development
1:30
Listen to real stories of how Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) work with Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) regions to develop and select multi-benefits projects.
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Collaborative Approaches to Foster Groundwater Sustainability
1:00:33
A look at collaborative approaches that can make it easier to enact the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act while protecting vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
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A Review of San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plans
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The PPIC Water Policy Center reviewed 36 groundwater plans for 11 critically overdrafted basins in the San Joaquin Valley and the plans’ proposals to end overdraft and mitigate its undesirable effects. PPIC research associate Jelena Jezdimirovic presents these findings, and center director Ellen Hanak and Jelena Jezdimirovic discuss key takeaways and next steps in the groundwater management effort.
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Spanish videos

Cómo encontrar su Agencia de Sostenibilidad de Aguas Subterráneas
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En este video le muestro cómo navegar por el Portal SGMA del Departamento de Recursos Hídricos para encontrar su GSA.
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Como descargar la application Zoom en la computadora y como participar durante la junta virtual
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En este video aprenderá cómo descargar la aplicación Zoom en su computadora y cómo participar durante una reunión virtual.
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Cómo descargar y usar Zoom en su teléfono celular
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En este video aprenderá cómo descargar Zoom en su teléfono celular y cómo usar las herramientas de aplicación para comunicarse y participar durante la reunión virtual.
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IRWM: Afrontar los Desafíos Regionales del Agua
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Aprenda del Programa de Manejo Integrado Regional del Agua (IRWM, por sus siglas en inglés), los desafíos y oportunidades del agua de la comunidad regional y el futuro del programa IRWM.
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Recorrido de las Aguas Subterráneas en la Subcuenca Kings
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El recorrido de las aguas subterráneas en la Subcuenca Kings, realizado por Self-Help Enterprises y el Distrito de Conservación de Kings River, brindó la oportunidad de aprender cómo el agua, tanto superficial como subterránea, es utilizada y administrada por varios usuarios de la subcuenca de Kings, y cómo podemos abordar nuestro desafío de aguas subterráneas y alcanzar la sostenibilidad trabajando juntos a la luz de la Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (SGMA por sus siglas en inglés). SGMA es una ley que requiere que las áreas con desafíos conocidos de aguas subterráneas se manejen para garantizar que el agua subterránea sea una fuente confiable que esté disponible a largo plazo. Cuestiones de suministro de agua, calidad del agua, restauración ambiental, manejo de inundaciones, conservación de aguas subterráneas y agua abordadas por una amplia gama de oradores que representan diferentes puntos de vista.
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SGMA y Trabajando Junto con los Usuarios de la Agua Subterránea
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2019 es un año importante para el agua subterránea en el Valle Central, ya que las Agencias de Sustentabilidad de Aguas Subterráneas lanzarán proyectos de planes conforme a La Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua subterránea (SGMA por sus siglas en ingles). Estos planes incluirán decisiones importantes sobre cómo se puede compartir el agua subterránea entre diferentes usuarios, incluidos los sistemas de agua de la comunidad, comunidades de pozos domésticos, agricultura y para la actividad industrial y comercial. En este video, escuche a diferentes partes interesadas sobre la importancia de que las partes interesadas trabajen juntas para implementar SGMA.
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Comunidades Rurales y La Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua subterránea (SGMA)
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El agua subterránea es un recurso vital que es algo de lo que todos dependemos: para beber, bañarnos, cultivar alimentos y más. En todo el Valle Central, se han formado nuevas agencias para manejar las aguas subterráneas a través del marco establecido en la La Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua subterránea (SGMA por sus siglas en inglés). Bajo SGMA, las Agencias de Sustentabilidad de Aguas Subterráneas tienen la tarea de crear Planes de Sustentabilidad de Aguas Subterráneas para encaminarnos nuevamente a la gestión de este recurso de manera sostenible. Conozca cómo los miembros de la comunidad pueden involucrarse para garantizar que todos tengamos suficiente agua para nuestras necesidades.
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Stakeholder Engagement

Equitable Water Planning Summit: Community and Tribal Leader Panel – How Do We Improve Engagement?
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Panel discussion with: Keta Price, The Hood Planner; Chairman Val Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band; Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods, Association of Ramaytush Ohlone; Izzy Martin, The Sierra Fund. From the Local Government Commission.
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Equitable Water Planning Summit: Models of Outreach and Engagement
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Hear from speakers across multiple regions as they share their approaches to identifying and understanding the needs of marginalized communities and Tribes.
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Equitable Water Planning Summit: From Outreach to Implementation
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Presentation by Valerie Olson, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine.
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Equitable Water Planning Summit: Understanding localized needs
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Discussion with Anecita Agustinez, Tribal Advisor, Department of Water Resources and Yana Garcia, California Environmental Protection Agency. Video from the Local Government Commission.
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Collaborative Approaches to Foster Groundwater Sustainability
1:00:33
A look at collaborative approaches that can make it easier to enact the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act while protecting vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
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Public Involvement in SGMA Engaging in Sustainability Planning
47:37
The first few minutes of the webinar were not recorded so I invite you [...]
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Water budget

Handbook for Water Budget Development: With or Without Models
1:31:09
A webinar on how to use the water budget handbook. Video from DWR.
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Water Markets

Water Accounting and Data for SGMA
1:21:00
California Water Data Consortium (Consortium) and Environmental [...]
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Water accounting and trading platform workshop #1: Overview
2:00:00
This video by EDF demonstrates how California’s first open-source water accounting and trading platform works and its accounting, trading and scenario planning features.
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Water quality

SAFER Program Overview
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SAFER Program Overview. From the DACTI VIrtual Summit.
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Funding Water Systems While Ensuring Affordability and Equity
59:24
A panel discussion on how to develop more sustainable and reliable funding sources for the water sector while also ensuring safe and affordable drinking water for all. Video by the PPIC.
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Regulating groundwater quality across SGMA, CV-SALTS, and ILRP
1:26:32
A panel discussion on how the Irrigated Lands Program (ILRP), the Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CV-Salts) initiative, and Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) can work together to support water quality improvements across the San Joaquin Valley.
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Providing Safe Drinking Water: Next Steps
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This panel looks at the scope of California’s safe drinking crisis, [...]
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Managing for Water Supply and Water Quality
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A discussion on how best to tackle the valley’s most pressing water quality challenges―including a lack of safe drinking water in rural communities—while also ending long-term groundwater overdraft. Video by the PPIC.
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Water rights and legal issues

Water 101: What is “Beneficial Use”?
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California's working on replenishing our underground water supplies for dry times ahead, but putting water back into the ground can be more complex than it seems. Video by Sustainable Conservation.
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Groundwater Management Law Update (MCLE)
This presentation from the San Diego Law Library originally aired on Sept. 23, 2020.
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Navigating SGMA Groundwater Allocations & Minimizing Legal Risk
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One of the biggest challenges to implementing California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) centers on deciding who gets to pump how much groundwater without changing groundwater rights. To provide more clarity to groundwater agencies on how to navigate this challenge, Environmental Defense Fund partnered with four leading law experts to develop the law review article, which takes a deep dive into the relationship between SGMA and groundwater rights.
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