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Groundwater Sustainability Workshops


Groundwater Sustainability Workshops
Updating Well Owners on Local Compliance

A series of workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on local implementation of California’s new groundwater law. The three workshops will take place in Sonoma County’s three groundwater basins immediately affected by California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): Santa Rosa Plain, Sonoma Valley and Petaluma Valley (workshop details below, agenda attached).

The first workshop is slated for Thursday, June 30 in Sonoma Valley, the second workshop will be held on Monday, July 11 in Santa Rosa and the final workshop is on August 17 in Petaluma.

The workshops will include a brief overview of SGMA requirements and an update on implementation of SGMA in the three basins.

The first requirement of SGMA is the creation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), which are regulatory bodies responsible for developing and implementing plans to sustainably manage groundwater. Staff representatives from the entities that are eligible to serve as GSAs (see chart below) are working on recommendations to their governing bodies regarding these new agencies. The workshops will provide an opportunity for the GSA eligible entity staff to provide an update on the recommendations for GSA formation, and for people to ask questions and to provide input on the recommendations.

Workshop Information

Sonoma Valley Basin

June 30, 6-8 p.m.

Sonoma Charter School Multi-Purpose Room

17202 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma

Santa Rosa Plain Basin

July 11, 6-8 p.m.

Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office 

35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa

Petaluma Valley Basin

August 17, 6-8 p.m.

Petaluma Community Center

320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma