Water allocation systems

​In some basins, GSAs may choose to develop groundwater allocation schemes to ensure that GSPs meet their sustainability goal and avoid state intervention.

Groundwater allocation schemes are not new in California; they have been used in several groundwater adjudications and when developed properly can be the basis for successful water markets. Groundwater allocations may take a variety of forms. The most common groundwater allocations are based on acreage or crop based volumes, or historical pumping. More recent groundwater allocation schemes have set aside water for environmental users and for unexercised groundwater rights.

​Reports and Publications

​Soon, the Groundwater Exchange will be integrated with the California Water Library so that documents on water allocation systems that are housed in the library will appear here.  In the meantime, you can view those documents by clicking here.