On September 16, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a three-bill legislative package, composed of AB 1739 (Dickinson), SB 1168 (Pavley), and SB 1319 (Pavley), collectively known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
SGMA requires governments and water agencies of high and medium priority basins to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. Under SGMA, these basins should reach sustainability within 20 years of implementing their sustainability plans. For critically over-drafted basins, that will be 2040. For the remaining high and medium priority basins, 2042 is the deadline.
SGMA empowers local agencies to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) to manage basins sustainably and requires those GSAs to adopt Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for crucial groundwater basins in California.
The Yucaipa Sustainable Groundwater Management Agency was formed in 2017 by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between local water purveyors and municipalities, and regional water agencies to jointly implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
YUCAIPA SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT AGENCIES
City of Redlands
City of Yucaipa
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency
South Mesa Water Company
South Mountain Water Company
Western Heights Water Company
Yucaipa Valley Water District