Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Water management will become an issue of greater and greater importance to the Santa Rosa Valley as Southern California continues to experience years with less and less rain. The California Sustainable Groundwater Act (SGMA) of 2014 requires that high- and medium-priority groundwater basins be managed by a local Groundwater Management Agency (GMA).

In 2015 the California Department of Water Resources established the California Statewide Groundwater Monitoring (CASGEM) Program to manage and approve the establishment of these GMAs. Last year there were presentations made by both Camrosa Water District and the County of Ventura to the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) arguing the importance of selecting one of them as the GMA for the Santa Rosa Valley. Shortly thereafter, the City of Camarillo joined the effort to be selected as the GMA for the Santa Rosa Valley.

Effective October 4, 2016, the County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution agreeing to participate in a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with Camrosa Water District in forming the Arroyo Santa Rosa Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (I waiting for the Acronym). The Camrosa Water District is expected to adopt this same JPA at their October 13th Board Meeting.

This will be a major and important step in the management of water for the Valley.

The Agenda Item for the Camrosa Water District Board can be found on their Website. A copy of the presentation letter and agreement is available at this link:

http://santarosavalley.us/pdf/Arroyo-Santa-Rosa-Valley-Basin-Groundwater-Sustainability-Agency_161004.pdf

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