Groundwater managers working in four critically-overdrafted basins discuss how their planning efforts are going
In basins all over California, groundwater managers are focused on developing their groundwater sustainability plans to meet the deadlines set by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For groundwater basins designated as critically-overdrafted basins, the 2020 is right around the corner.
At the spring conference of the Association of California Water Agencies, a panel discussion brought together groundwater managers in four critically overdrafted basins to discuss their near-term goals and regional challenges in complying with SGMA.
Seated on the panel:
- Deanna Jackson, Executive Director of the Tri-County Water Authority
- Brian Lockwood, General Manager of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency
- Andrew Garcia, Senior Civil Engineer with the San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority
- Eric Averett, General Manager of Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
The panel was moderated by John Woodling, ACWA Groundwater Committee Chair and Vice President of GEI Consultants.
During the session, the panel members were asked a series of questions. Rather than writing it up chronologically as I generally do, I have instead assembled the information into a profile for each basin.