On April 1st and again on June 24th, the Community Water Leaders Network hosted Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) workshops specifically designed for public water systems and drinking water stakeholders. The workshop, which was sponsored by Community Water Center, Union of Concerned Scientists and Self-Help Enterprises, covered topics such as: What is a GSP and why is it important? How does the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) define “sustainability” and how will it be measured? What is a water budget and what can it tell you? What can a groundwater model do, what can’t it do? and What kind of questions should you ask a SGMA consultant?
Below you can find the powerpoints and agendas from the two workshops as well as some key materials:
- April 1 Agenda
- June 24 Agenda
- SGMA overview powerpoint
- Groundwater Basics powerpoint
- Defining and measuring sustainability powerpoint
- Developing GSPs powerpoint
- Example questions to ask a technical expert
- Key provisions for water budgets and groundwater models in GSP regulations
Building off of these workshops, Union of Concerned Scientists is developing a GSP Toolkit which will be published in August or September 2017 and include even more resources and information to help stakeholders participate in the SGMA process. Additionally, they have launched a groundwater management technical assistance tool that allows stakeholders to submit their groundwater management questions online or by phone, to be answered by a technical expert with related expertise. This service is 100% free. Submit your question today!