What will it look like if the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) doesn’t comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and the State has to intervene? This question has been asked by many people, from members of the public to members of the Advisory Committee. The most important fact to note is that the Petaluma Valley basin ultimately must have a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) in place, and no matter what, this GSP will be funded by local money. But what more can we learn?
The State Water Resources Control Board provides information about state intervention on their website, including a helpful fact sheet. The diagram below summarizes the basics of state intervention.