Water Allocation Systems
Groundwater Pumping Allocations under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (Environmental Defense Fund, New Current Water and Land)
In some basins, GSAs may choose to develop groundwater allocation schemes to ensure that meet their sustainability goal and avoid state intervention.
Groundwater allocation schemes are not new in California; they have been used in several groundwater adjudications and when developed properly can be the basis for successful water markets. Groundwater allocations may take a variety of forms. The most common groundwater allocations are based on acreage or crop based volumes, or historical pumping. More recent groundwater allocation schemes have set aside water for environmental users and for unexercised groundwater rights.