I do outreach and extension because I am committed to fostering a strong, two-way connection between Californians and the University’s research activities. As an extension economist in agricultural and natural resource issues, I play a critical role in informing policy and management decisions through partnerships with government agencies, private industry, and other stakeholders. I am committed to understanding stakeholder needs, letting those needs inform my research agenda, and prioritizing the dissemination of research results in accessible formats.

The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Much of my extension work to-date has focused on the economic impacts of a new groundwater law in California. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) provides a statewide framework for local groundwater management. It requires newly formed groundwater agencies to write and adopt Groundwater Sustainability Plans to improve groundwater conditions. Below are some resources to aid in understanding the implications of SGMA. I provide information here regarding: (1) the content of a sustainability plan, (2) the costs associated with different management strategies for achieving groundwater sustainability, and (3) the implications for agriculture.

Creating Groundwater Sustainability Plans

For information on sustainability plans from CA Department of Water Resources, click here.

To download a detailed outline of what should be contained in a sustainability plan, click here.[1]

Groundwater Exchange is a collaborative online platform to share information related to the implementation of SGMA.

Cost-Effective Groundwater Management Strategies

To download a handout that compares management strategies for reducing basin-wide groundwater extraction, click here.

For additional information on groundwater trading, check out this report published by the Environmental Defense Fund.  

Groundwater Policy and the Future of California Agriculture

How will climate change and SGMA shape the agricultural landscape of 2050? Read more here.

[1] This outline was prepared in conjunction with a post on the California WaterBlog, a blog authored by a group of biologists, economists, engineers, and natural scientists from across California.

Photograph of the Coachella Canal.