Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

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). For the first time in its history, California has a framework for sustainable, groundwater management – “management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.”

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

Rosedale Rio Bravo Water Storage District Groundwater Sustainability Agency (RRBWSD GSA)

The Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District (RRBWSD, Rosedale) has established the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Groundwater Sustainability Agency (RRB GSA). It is one of several GSAs formed within the Kern County Sub-basin. RRBWSD is approximately 40,000 acres and there are about 6,000 acres of Non-Districted (White Lands) also included in the RRB GSA.

RRBWSD has formed a stakeholder advisory group to assist with the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) development effort. This group is made up of representatives from four key stakeholder types: Agricultural, Urban, White Lands, Environmental Justice, and Groundwater Banking. Meetings are held every other month, or as needed, and geared towards discussions surrounding the development and implementation of Rosedale’s GSP. 

Rosedale Rio Bravo Water STorage District

Groundwater Sustainability Agency MEETINGS


The RRBWSD GSA Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets every fourth Tuesday of every other month at 9:00 am. Regular Board Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am unless otherwise canceled or rescheduled. We encourage our Stakeholders to attend both meetings.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 8:00 am


Please view the video below for a tutorial on how to find Depth to Water data using the Kern County Sub-basin’s Data Management System (aka “DMS”).  You can also access the DMS website by clicking the dark blue DMS button above.