The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has been designated an “exclusive” Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) over its service area by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in the Indio Subbasin. Desert Water Agency (DWA), Coachella Water Authority (CWA), and Indio Water Authority (IWA), were also designated as GSAs in the Indio Subbasin over their respective service areas. The four agencies are working collaboratively to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in the Indio Subbasin.
Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan
On December 29, 2016, CVWD, DWA, CWA, and IWA collaboratively submitted the 2010 Coachella Valley Water Management Plan Update as an Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan (Alternative GSP) for the Indio Subbasin, with an associated Bridge Document, to DWR for review and evaluation. On July 17, 2019, DWR determined that the Alternative GSP for the Indio Subbasin satisfies the objectives of SGMA and notified the Indio Subbasin GSAs that the Alternative GSP was approved, and that they would be required to submit an assessment and update of the Alternative GSP by January 1, 2022, and every five years thereafter. The Indio Subbasin GSAs have initiated the 2022 Alternative GSP Update and more information can be found at www.IndioSubbasinSGMA.org. A copy of the Alternative GSP for the Indio Subbasin can be found at DWR’s SGMA Portal (Section B).
Annual Reports by Water Year
On February 1, 2018, DWR notified all GSAs who submitted Alternative GSPs that they would be required to submit annual reports pursuant to SGMA by April 1, 2018 and every year thereafter. CVWD, DWA, CWA, and IWA have collaboratively prepared and submitted the Indio Subbasin Annual Reports by Water Year to DWR. Copies of the Annual Reports can be found at DWR’s SGMA Portal (Section D).