Fostering Meaningful Coordination Between Land Use Planning & Groundwater Management Under SGMA

Stanford University's Water in the West program, in partnership with ACWA, APA California, the Farm Bureau, and GRAC, hosted an Uncommon Dialogue on groundwater management and land use planning under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) on September 7 & 8, 2017.

This Uncommon Dialogue brought together a select group of land use planners, groundwater managers, growers, state agency representatives, and policy experts to discuss opportunities for meaningful coordination between land use planning agencies and GSAs under SGMA that protect the social, economic, and environmental interests of all water users.  The sessions focused on strategies used in water-scarce jurisdictions throughout California to link land use development and water management; the role of agricultural land use on sustainable groundwater management; integrated management of areas outside of designated groundwater basin boundaries; and data needs for the integration of land use planning and groundwater management.