GRA's Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council is a distinguished group of groundwater leaders to identify and discuss key groundwater issues in California while also providing critical advice and feedback to GRA on its wide array of educational, extension, and legislative outreach programs. The Council's input is also being considered during the planning and formulation of the program for the Biennial Groundwater Conference and GRA Annual Meetings. The Council complements the roles of GRA's Board of Directors and GRA's Committees by providing external input from groundwater leaders around the state on key ongoing or future groundwater-related issues, challenges, and opportunities.

The Council helps GRA to meet the needs of the state's water stakeholders in providing opportunities, e.g., water forums, workshops, conferences, to share experiences with and potential solutions to the state's most pressing groundwater issues.

Council members include a select group of executives and leaders from a range of disciplines and backgrounds at the local, state, and national level representing regulatory agencies, research and educational institutions, NGOs, water users, the public at large, and consultants sharing a common interest in the management, protection, and use of groundwater resources in California.

The  Council held its 6th Annual Workshop on May 26, 2016. The Workshop provided Council members an opportunity to help identify and share perspectives with DWR on existing BMPs that are suited to SGMA efforts and also BMPs that warrant development.



Dear Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council Members:


Thank you again to all those who were able to attend the May 26, 2016 Workshop.  We had a great dialogue and exchange of ideas which was facilitated by Rich Wilson (lead facilitator), Grace Person and Stephanie Horii, of the Center for Collaborative Policy.  We deeply appreciate note taking by Reid Bryson of LSCE and Chris Connor intern of Thomas Harter’s.  Many thanks are extended to Rich Juricich and Steven Springhorn (DWR), Chris Kapheim (Alta Irrigation District), and Maurice Hall (Environmental Defense Fund) for their presentations related to Best Management Practices and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).


We have provided preliminary (very rough notes) to DWR for their consideration as they begin to draft BMPs. Results from this year’s Workshop are being synthesized for an article to be included in a forthcoming article in GRA’s newsletter HydroVisions and in a California Water blog. We will send these articles to CGIC members and others attending the Workshop in a future email.




Many thanks to Thomas Harter for already reserving the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center at UC Davis for the May 25, 2017 Council Workshop. This will be the 7th year that Thomas Harter, Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy, has sponsored the venue and catering for the Workshop. Key focal points of next year’s Workshop will likely continue to relate to technical and policy aspects of the SGMA implementation and other state policy and technical matters concerning groundwater, including surface water/groundwater interaction, water quality, and more.

Please email if you have any questions. We also encourage suggestions for next year’s Council Workshop. 

Thank you!


Council Co-Chairs

Vicki Kretsinger Grabert, Luhdorff & Scalmanini, Consulting Engineers, GRA Director Emeritus
Thomas Harter, University of California Davis, GRA Director
Tim Parker, Parker Groundwater, GRA Director