Engaging with your Groundwater Sustainability Agency

  Photo courtesy of the Community Water Center

​Key Information


Collaborating for Success – Stakeholder Engagement for SGMA Implementation: (Community Water Center)


​​Getting Involved in Groundwater (2017) – A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans (UCS)

​​​The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to consider the interests of many beneficial users and uses of groundwater, including overlying groundwater rights holders (both agricultural users and domestic well owners), municipal well owners, public water systems, local land use planning agencies, environmental users of groundwater, surface water users, the federal government, Native American tribes, and disadvantaged communities (DACs). 

Precisely how these interests are engaged and considered is left to local GSAs, so become involved and be a voice in your community.​

Learn more about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act by clicking here.

Organizations to Help You Become Involved

​Community Water Center  A 501c3 non-profit organization that works with local community members in the Central Valley to ensure impacted communities have a voice in the water decisions and policies that affect them.

Self-Help Enterprises A nationally recognized community development organization whose mission is to work together with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities.

Local Government Commission  ​The Local Government Commission supports local policymakers through nationally recognized events, cost effective technical assistance, and policy guidance on climate change, water, and other issues.


Collaborating for Success – Stakeholder Engagement for SGMA Implementation: (Community Water Center) Statutory requirements for stakeholder engagement in SGMA, including examples of best practices and collaborative management.

Getting Involved in Groundwater: A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans (UCS, Community Water Center) ​A guide for community members on the groundwater sustainability planning process.

Guide to Protecting Drinking Water Quality Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,  (Community Water Center) A guide for ​community water decision makers ​interested in learning about best management practices for addressing drinking water concerns under SGMA.

Inclusive Public Engagement (Institute for Local Government) Resources for successful and inclusive public engagement.

Open and Public V – A Guide to The Ralph M Brown Act (League of California Cities) ​A guide to the ​laws that govern public meetings of local agencies in California.

Publications in Spanish

Documento Guia para el GSP – Comunicacion y Participacion de los Interesados, (DWR) Este documento guía ofrece a las agencias de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea (GSA) información útil para la comunicación y participación de los interesados en la elaboración del Plan de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea (GSP).

Guia de Reglamentos de Emergencia para Planes de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterranea (DWR) El propósito legislativo de la histórica SGMA de 2014 es que las agencias públicas locales y las recién formadas GSA gestionen el agua subterránea de manera sostenible en las cuencas subterráneas de California.

Participe en el manejo de su cuenca: Guía para entender los planes de sustentabilidad de aguas subterráneas de California, (CWC & Union of Concerned Scientists) ASK INTERPRETER FOR A ONE LINE DESCRIPTION

Ley de Gestion Sustentable del Agua Subterranea SGMA, (Department of Water Resources)

Los Usuarios de Pozos Domesticos y la SGMA (Department of Water Resources)