Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and Groundwater Extraction Reports
- Beginning July 1, 2017, portions of high- or medium-priority groundwater basins (where an alternative was not submitted by January 1, 2017)
that are not within the management area of a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) are considered unmanaged areas.
Any person that extracts groundwater from an unmanaged area must report to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) annually.
(Wat. Code, section 5200)
- If local agencies fail to form a GSA, fail to develop an adequate sustainability plan, or fail to implement the plan adequately,
the Board may designate the basin probationary. Any person that extracts groundwater from a probationary basin must report to the Board annually.
(Wat. Code, section 5200)
- The Board may order a person that uses water from a groundwater basin subject to a Board investigation to report their use of water to the Board.
(Wat Code., section 10736.6)
Groundwater Extraction Report Requirements
- Groundwater Extraction Reports are due to the Board by December 15 of each year for extractions made during the previous water year
(October 1 - September 30). (Wat. Code, sections 5202 (2)(b))
- A report must be filed for each well that was operated during the previous water year and must identify well owner information, well location,
well capacity, monthly extraction volumes, and place(s) and purpose(s) of use.
(Wat. Code, section 5203)
- Reports must be filed electronically through the Board’s website.
(Cal. Code Regs., section 1032)
- Extraction volumes must be measured by a method satisfactory to the Board.
(Wat. Code, section 5203 (e))
- Reports for Water Year 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020) are due by December 15, 2020.
(Wat. Code, sections 5202)
Groundwater Extraction Report Guidance
Groundwater Extraction Report Fees
Any person that files a Groundwater Extraction Report must pay a filing fee to cover the Board’s SGMA-related costs. (Wat. Code, sections 5202(f))
Fees for Water Year 2017
- The annual fee for reports due by December 15, 2017 is a flat fee of $300.
- The late fee for reports due by December 15, 2017 is $100 for each month late up to a maximum of $1200 (inclusive of the $300 flat fee).
- If a GSA forms between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017, extractors within the GSA service area are considered unmanaged for the 2017 water year
and must report to the Board by December 15, 2017, but the annual fee is waived.
- There is no annual fee for reports filed to remove an extractor from the Board’s list of extractors subject to reporting.
Fees for Water Year 2018 and beyond
The annual fee for reports consists of a base filing fee and a volumetric charge.
- The base fee is $300 per well. (Cal. Code Regs., section 1040 (a) (1))
- The volumetric charge is calculated by multiplying the volume of groundwater extracted from the well during the previous water year by one of the following volumetric rates:
Collection of Personal Information
This information is being collected by the State Water Resources Control Board, Groundwater Management Unit, for groundwater extraction reporting required by Part 5.2 of Division 2 of the Water Code. The report must state the name, address, phone number, and an e-mail address of the person who extracted groundwater. (Wat. Code, s. 5203; Cal. Code Regs., tit. 23, s. 1032.) Failure to include this information may result in rejection of the report. You may choose to provide a Post Office box mailing address on the form instead of your home address. This form shall become a public record upon receipt by the State Water Board, and may be disclosed pursuant to a request made under the Public Records Act.
Please direct questions regarding the maintenance of your personal information in the records of the State Water Board to Natalie Stork, Groundwater Management Program of the State Water Board at phone number 916-322-6508. You have the right to inspect personal information about yourself in the records maintained by the State Water Board.