DEADLINES APPLICABLE TO THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT*
Deadline
[Beginning]
Milestone
[Responsible Party]
Comment
[Code Section]
January 31, 2015
Categorize and prioritize basins as high,
medium, low, or very Low.
[Department of Water Resources (DWR)]
The characterization will be based on DWR
Bulletin 118, or modifications to the boundaries of basins in the bulletin.
[§ 10722.4(a)]
January 1, 2016
Adopt regulations for basin boundary
adjustments and accept  adjustment
requests from local agencies.
[DWR]
Keep abreast of DWR activity on this issue.
There will be three (3) workshops. Make sure that you or a representative can
attend to ensure that you are familiar with the process to adjust basins if
you intend to propose changes to the boundaries for a basin identified in
bulletin 118.
[§ 10722.2(4)(b)]
April 1, 2016
Submit final judgment /order / decree and
required report to DWR (report annually thereafter).
[Water-master or local agency in adjudicated
area.]
The report to be submitted annually each year
must provide, to the extent available, the: groundwater elevation, amount of
groundwater extracted during the year, surface water supplied for recharge,
total water use in the basin, changes in the amount of groundwater storage
available, any annual report submitted to the court. [§ 10720.8(f)]
June 1, 2016
Adopt regulations for evaluating adequacy of
Groundwater
Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and Groundwater Sustainability
Agency (GSA) coordination agreements. [DWR]
Keep abreast of DWR activity on this issue.
There will be three (3) workshops. Make sure that you or a representative can
attend to ensure that you influence how the DWR will evaluate GSP. The
regulations that DWR adopts will be considered emergency regulations and will
take effect immediately.
[§ 10733.2]
December 31, 2016
Publish report estimating water available for
groundwater Replenishment. [DWR]
This report will be published on DWR’s
website.
[§ 10729(c)]
January 1, 2017
Publish groundwater sustainability best
management practices. [DWR]
Keep abreast of DWR activity on this issue.
There will be three (3) workshops. Make sure that you or a representative can
attend to ensure that you can provide input on  what constitutes best management practices.
[§ 10729(d)]
June 30, 2017
Establish GSAs.
[Local agency.]
An agency that desires to elect to be the GSA
must publish notice pursuant to Government Code §6066 and hold a public
hearing in the county or counties that overly a basin in advance of any
election, and provide notice to DWR. [§10723(b), see also §10733.3 and §10735.2(a)(1).]
Keep abreast of agencies that are opting to
be a GSA and monitor their activity. Great power will lie with those who are
apart of or control a GSA.
[July 1, 2017]
Designate basins as probationary where GSAs
have not been formed.
[State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)]
If a basin is declared probationary the SWRCB
can implement its own interim GSP. The SWRCB will have the power to restrict
extractions.
[§ 10735.2(1)]
[July 1, 2017]
File annual groundwater extraction report
with SWRCB by December 15 each year.
[Groundwater users (Probationary Basins)]
Check with the SWRCB to ascertain the fee
that must accompany your report.
[§ 5202]
January 31, 2020
Adopt GSPs and begin managing basins under
GSPs. [GSA (Med/High Priority Basins in Critical Overdraft)]
[§ 10720.7(a)(1)] or alternative submittal
under [§ 10733.6]
[January 31, 2020]
Designate basins as probationary where GSPs
have not been
adopted in medium- and high-priority basins
in critical
overdraft.
[SWRCB]
See comment to July 1, 2017.
Keep abreast of the SWRCB web page. The Board
will have to post notices of its determinations 30 days prior to making a
final determination and receive public comment before declaring the basin
probationary.
If litigation prevents the formation of a GSA
or the implementation of a GSP, then this deadline is delayed for a period of
time equal to the delay caused by the litigation. [§ 10735.2(1)]
January 31, 2022
Adopt GSPs and begin managing basins under
GSPs. [GSA (All other High/Med Priority Basins)]
[§ 10720.7(a)(2)]
[January 31, 2022]
Designate basins as probationary where GSPs
have not been adopted in other medium- and high-priority basins.
[SWRCB]
See January 31, 2020 comment.
[§ 10735.2(1)]
[January 31, 2025]
Designate basins as probationary where GSPs
are deemed inadequate or not being implemented.
[SWRCB]
See comment to July 1, 2017.
Keep abreast of the SWRCB web page. The Board
will have to post notices of its determinations 30 days prior to making its
final determination and receive public comment before declaring the basin
probationary.
[§ 10735.2(a)(5)(B)]
[January 31, 2040]
Achieve groundwater sustainability goals. The
DWR may grant two five-year extensions.
[GSA (Med/High Priority Basins in Critical
Overdraft)]
The first extension is based solely on good
cause. The second requires both good cause and a showing that sustainability
will be reached.
[§ 10727.2(3)(A)]
[January 31, 2042]
Achieve groundwater sustainability goals. DWR
may grant two
five-year extensions. [GSA (All other
High/Med Priority Basins)]
See comment to January 31, 2042.
[§ 10727.2(3)(A)]

 

*Deadlines and milestones were obtained by reviewing the Office of Planning and Research’s compilation of AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319 and resources from the Association of California Water Agencies.