Groundwater Sustainability Plan Approved
This week, the boards of Sonoma County’s three groundwater sustainability agencies, Petaluma Valley, Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain, all unanimously approved Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for each basin. Read the full press release here.
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.”
Lowering Groundwater Levels
Reduction of Storage