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New Report Outlines Strategies for Better Groundwater Management




JULY 30, 2015                                                                                                                                                                      



“Collaborating for Success” provides local agencies with tools to achieve sustainable groundwater management through stakeholder engagement.

A new report out today from Community Water Center, Clean Water Fund, and Union of Concerned Scientists highlights opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse stakeholders in California’s new system of groundwater management. “Collaborating For Success” draws on a wealth of research demonstrating the critical role of stakeholder engagement in achieving successful shared resource management.

The report demonstrates that while stakeholder engagement requires time and resources in the short term, the benefits of improved outcomes, optimized resources, and broad support and reduced conflict can make these efforts invaluable in the long term. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) establishes a timeline that requires most groundwater basins in California to achieve sustainable management of their groundwater resources by 2042. The law establishes that stakeholder engagement and collaboration are key to achieving the objectives outlined in SGMA, but it provides few details about how best to engage diverse stakeholders.

With little guidance about how to implement the statutory requirements for stakeholder engagement, many local agencies charged with implementing the law remain unclear about questions such as: How can local agencies effectively engage diverse groups? How much and what type of engagement is needed? What outcomes can be expected if these interests participate?

The report, “Collaborating for Success: Stakeholder engagement for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation,” answers these questions and provides tools to help local agencies maximize the benefits of stakeholder engagement. Drawing on best practices and examples of collaborative management from around the state, the report provides a recommended roadmap for effective stakeholder engagement in SGMA implementation.

The full report is available for download here.




Juliet Christian-Smith

Union of Concerned Scientists

(510) 384-4343

Jennifer Clary

Clean Water Fund

(707) 483-6352

Kristin Dobbin

Community Water Center

(801) 230-5537

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