This year marks ten years since the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California, to help protect groundwater resources over the long-term. Since that time, Sonoma County has worked to keep our groundwater management local. Each of our three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (Petaluma ValleySonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain) is governed by a board of local representatives who are advised by advisory committees comprised of local people from multiple sectors in these communities.

Our Groundwater Sustainability Plans, approved by the state in 2023, were developed with input from hundreds of people across the county, and are now in the implementation phase. Every project and program in these plans are designed to build sustainability of groundwater supply today and for the next fifty years. A wide range of activities are already underway, including construction of new monitoring wells, increasing recycled water delivery, exploring aquifer storage and recovery opportunities, developing water conservation programs, and voluntary monitoring and metering programs, just to mention a few examples. This is the work that the groundwater fees support.

Groundwater is a community resource that everyone in Sonoma County needs to ensure good health, a vibrant economy and a healthy environment. Together, we will continue to work with and for our community to protect groundwater for now and future generations.