Groundwater Sustainability FAQ

Where can I find a map of the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies?

Click here to view the Groundwater Sustainability Agency GIS Map Application.

What is a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)?

A Groundwater Sustainability Agency is one or more local governmental agencies that implement the provisions of SGMA. A local agency is defined as one that has water supply, water management or land management authority. GSAs assess the conditions of their local basins, adopt locally-based sustainable management plans to create drought resiliency, and improve coordination between land use and groundwater planning.

What costs are associated with forming and administering a GSA?

Forming a GSA, then developing and implementing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP), require both start-up and ongoing costs. As part of the GSA formation, agencies determine how to share costs for developing the GSP and may also take advantage of grants and other funding opportunities, such as Proposition 1 bond funds, to help create and implement a GSP.