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Convening Focuses on Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainable Groundwater Management

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Residents, water providers, and local agencies participating in a workshop in April on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.

Eighteen individuals from across the state came together on May 20th to provide feedback on the discussion draft of a new report co-authored by CWC’s Kristin Dobbin (and Laurel Firestone) on stakeholder engagement in groundwater management. The report on Effective Stakeholder Participation for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation was co-authored with Clean Water Action and Union of Concerned Scientists, with support from the California Water Foundation. It provides case studies of the benefits of stakeholder participation, analysis of the legal requirements for stakeholder engagement, and a recommended roadmap for SGMA implementation. Roundtable attendees ranged from academics to water managers to agency officials, and the meeting provided a forum for integrating knowledge across stakeholders and agencies. Kristin is now incorporating feedback into a final report which will be released later this summer.

More information, including fact sheets and upcoming workshop dates, is available here

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