Water Plan Update 2018 Plenary – Enhancing the Connection Between IRWM and SGMA

On September 27, 2017, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) held a plenary meeting on the draft California Water Plan Update 2018 in Sacramento, California. The day long plenary consisted of multiple breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics from regulatory alignment for better regional outcomes to water markets. One breakout session titled, “Enhancing the Connection between IRWM and SGMA,” consisted of a panel discussion on the issues and benefits of connecting Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) with the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). In general, the overall message from the panelists is that IRWM has set a foundation for SGMA implementation. For example, in the Kings Subbasin, IRWM planning spawned a number of coordination efforts and set a framework for inter-regional collaboration. This has allowed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in the Kings Subbasin to utilize those relationships to conduct stakeholder outreach in a shorter amount of time.

DWR has made available a transcript of the panel discussion, which can be accessed here.