This report was undertaken to provide technical information on the state of streams and groundwater resources in the Central Valley. The findings of this report were used to support the need for what is now known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The intent was to illustrate the physical inter-relationship between the surface and groundwater resources and the potential impacts that groundwater pumping has had and is currently having on our rivers and streams to demonstrate the need for sustainable groundwater management.
Based on the scale of the data used in this study, the findings contained herein should not be used as a definitive source in determining whether a particular stream or river reach should or should not be considered as an interconnected surface water for SGMA purposes. Further study at a finer scale would be necessary for such a determination.