The Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is a public agency formed to sustainably manage groundwater in the Petaluma Valley groundwater basin. The agency was formed in June 2017 and has a Board of Directors, an administrator and an advisory committee.

Meeting Calendar

Find out when and where the Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee are meeting next

Email Updates

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Find Your Basin

To determine your basin of residence, click here and type your address into the search bar at the top left of the page

Materiales en Español

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Petaluma Valley groundwater basin land use and crop type map (click to view larger)

Petaluma Valley groundater basin land use and crop type map

Recent News

DRAFT GSP Section for Review

The heart of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The GSP will help our communities determine if our groundwater basins are being sustainable managed, and if not, figure out how to achieve sustainability for the long haul. The GSAs recently completed a first draft of the first section of each GSP, Introduction and Basin Setting. We invite your general feedback via the link below.

Monthly Email Updates

Find out what’s happening with groundwater activities in Sonoma County by reading the latest email update. Visit the “Email Updates” page to read updates from past months.

What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act?
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires that California groundwater basins identified as high or medium priority establish a Groundwater Sustainability Agency by June 30, 2017, and develop a plan for sustainable management by January 31, 2022. If the local GSAs fail to follow the timeline, then the State Water Resources Control Board will step in and intervene in local groundwater management. SGMA defines sustainable management as:

“Management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.”

The Petaluma Valley GSA will be tracking six main sustainability indicators:

Lowering Groundwater Levels

 

Seawater Intrusion

 

Reduction of Storage

 

Land Subsidence

 

Degraded Groundwater Quality

 

Surface Water Depletion

 

For more information about groundwater, visit our Understanding Groundwater page or read our Groundwater Primer.

Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development Timeline