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Frequently Asked Questions


Key Terms

Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) — A management plan developed by a local Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) to provide a framework in managing the groundwater basin sustainably and to meet the requirements of SGMA.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) — SGMA is a package of three bills (AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319) that provide local agencies with a framework for managing groundwater basins in a sustainable manner. Recognizing that groundwater is most effectively managed at the local level, SGMA requires local agencies to achieve sustainability within 20 years. Learn more about SGMA

Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) — One or more local agencies may establish a GSA. It is the GSA’s responsibility to develop and implement a GSP that considers all beneficial uses and users of groundwater in the basin. The Bear Valley Basin GSA is comprised of four agencies: Big Bear Municipal Water District, Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency, City of Big Bear Lake, and Big Bear City Community Services District.

​Stakeholder Communication and Engagement Plan (C&E Plan) — Groundwater is best managed at the local level. GSA(s) are required by SGMA to develop and implement a C&E Plan to ensure the timely, forthright and consistent communication among all beneficial users of groundwater and stakeholders affected by the GSP.

​Stakeholder Workshops — Interactive public workshops designed to engage stakeholders in the development of the GSP. Three public stakeholder workshops are scheduled from August through November 2021 to give all beneficial uses and users, as well as those who will be affected by the GSP the opportunity to inform the plan development. View workshop details

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