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Sustainable Groundwater Management in California: The Challenges Ahead

January 18, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join to hear Paul Gosselin from the California Department of Water Resources talk about sustainable groundwater management in California. Learn about how California is implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and adjusting to climate change, while trying to balance agriculture’s pressing water needs.


California depends on groundwater for up to 60% of its annual supply in times of drought. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was enacted in 2014 to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. Under SGMA, basins must reach sustainability within 20 years of implementing their plans.

This event is part of our 2022-23 Climate Speaker Series brought to you by the League of Women Voters of Piedmont and Piedmont Connect. The series will serve to educate constituents on a range of important topics to improve our understanding of the causes (sometimes surprising), perils (sometimes not fully recognized), and solutions to ongoing environmental pollution and climate disruptions.

This program will be recorded. You can watch it live or at a later date on our YouTube channel. The second half of the program will be a moderated Q&A session with questions from Zoom participants and YouTube livestream viewers. You will not see the event posted ahead of time on YouTube. It will appear once the program starts at 4pm Pacific Time on January 18th.

More about our speaker:

Paul Gosselin oversees the Sustainable Groundwater Management Office, which includes statewide groundwater management activities and the implementation of SGMA. He joined the Department after serving 13 years as Butte County’s Director of Water and Resource Conservation, where he managed the county’s State Water Project Table A allocation, investigated and reported on groundwater conditions, and implemented the Groundwater Management Plan.

Previously, Gosselin served as Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Assistant Director for Enforcement, Environmental Monitoring and Data Management. Gosselin received a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.


January 18, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm




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