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Water Policy Analyst

Ngodoo Atume is a Water Policy Analyst at Clean Water Action, Oakland. She is originally from Nigeria and has a technical background in Environmental Engineering. As a Policy Analyst, her work is focused on groundwater management and nitrate contamination control. She primarily works on the inclusion of underrepresented and vulnerable stakeholders in the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Central Valley Salinity Alternative Long-Term Sustainability and the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. She holds a Masters in Sustainable Water Management from Tufts University.



Groundwater Sustainability Assessments in California

California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) almost a decade ago as a step to bring the states’ depleted groundwater aquifers to sustainability. With increased droughts, the implementation of SGMA and protection of vulnerable communities dependent on small water systems and domestic wells is urgent. Over the last 2 years, Clean Water Action has reviewed and analyzed over 95 groundwater sustainability plans, in every groundwater basin covered by SGMA, closely evaluating the steps local agencies are taking to protect vulnerable communities.

SGMA and Underrepresented Farmers: Impact of Groundwater Sustainability Plans on Underrepresented Farmers

Groundwater resources play a vital role in maintaining environmental sustainability in California, serving as a critical buffer against the impacts of drought and climate change. This report focuses on stakeholder engagement and projected impacts of groundwater decline on underrepresented farmers.