Graph of modeled sustainable groundwater yield

Groundwater Management

Todd Groundwater has participated in groundwater management since our founding, including development and implementation of plans in accordance with the original Groundwater Management Planning Act and now the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Groundwater management planning in California has been conducted primarily at the local level by water agencies, acting through their own respective authorities or through the 1992 Groundwater Management Planning Act as amended. Now, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 — building on previous legislation and increasing the responsibilities and powers of local water and land use agencies — provides the major framework for groundwater management.

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) lays out a process and timeline, with specific requirements and deadlines, for local agencies to achieve sustainable groundwater management. Under the Act, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) have been established for medium and high priority basins across California. Todd Groundwater has assisted local agencies throughout the SGMA process, with activities including:

  • provision of technical support for modification of groundwater basin boundaries
  • technical support for Alternative Plans
  • establishment of GSAs
  • technical support for coordination agreements among GSAs
  • development of applications for Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grants
  • preparation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs).

Todd Groundwater has many years of experience in all aspects of preparing groundwater management plans and now, developing GSPs. In addition to management planning, we provide expertise in groundwater management implementation including managed aquifer recharge, water recycling, and monitoring.

California's Department of Water Resources provides detailed information on the SGMA and related implementation activities.

Other Groundwater Management Services

  • Water recycling
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Sustainable yield
  • Pumping distribution
  • Conjunctive use
  • Water balance
  • Surface water-groundwater interactions

Contact Todd Groundwater

For more information, contact Todd Groundwater