Role of Models and Data in Implementing SGMA

UC Davis
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 8:00am to Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 5:00pm
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UC Water is co-sponsoring this event with GRA and UC Davis. 

About the Workshop
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) went into effect on January 1, 2015, and draft regulations on the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) are tentatively scheduled to be released in January 2016.  GSPs will be due by January 31, 2020 for critically overdrafted basins, and two years later for the other high- and medium-priority basins.
To help the newly-forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies get a running start, GRA is organizing a workshop to provide information on the role that models and data play in meeting SGMA requirements and enabling well-informed management decisions.  The two-day workshop features topics critical to the success of GSP development and implementation, including:

  • The State perspective on models and data in support of GSP development & implementation
  • Water budgets – what they are, minimum data requirements, how best to quantify, and how they inform basin management
  • “Undesirable results” – modeling and data approaches, and case studies
  • Case studies of models currently used in basin management
  • Addressing uncertainty in data and models
  • Leveraging key data sources and data management considerations
  • Post-audits, updating, and continual improvement of models
  • Including economics in models & providing decision support
  • How to use model results in GSP development and implementation
  • Monitoring vs. Models – the challenge of developing a successful GSP with finite resources
  • Neighborly water budgets – how to coordinate monitoring and models for mutual success.

Please save the dates for this timely workshop, and watch the event website for additional announcements, coming soon.

Additional Information
Contact Steve Phillips (; 916-278-3002)

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