From the Monterey County Herald:
“With the future of Salinas Valley groundwater supply and usage hanging in the balance, residents of the farming-rich area known as the Salad Bowl of the World will get a chance to weigh in this week on how their water is managed under the state’s Groundwater Sustainability Act.
In a series of community meetings set for this week, the public will be given the opportunity to offer their opinions on the creation of a required groundwater sustainability plan that will govern how the valley’s water users including cities, agricultural interests, and others balance water usage and recharge, and how to pay for it, under the state legislation. … “
From the Chico Enterprise-Record:
“The local effort to manage the water beneath Butte County continues to be tweaked, with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday backing a change for some planning boundaries.
The changes still have to be approved by the state.
Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, plans have to be prepared to maintain the amount and quality of the water in California’s aquifers. In Butte County’s case, the area of the Sacramento Valley floor is included, but not the foothills. … “
From the Ridgecrest Independent:
“The IWV Water District water management committee touched on a number of items Thursday afternoon, including the results from the July 19 IWV Groundwater Authority meeting.
Both the committee members and the public voiced concerns about the costs associated with studies being conducted for the required groundwater sustainability plan.
Resident Judie Decker noted how Stetson Engineers and its president Steve Johnson, the company retained as the Groundwater Authority’s water resources manager, presented at a technical advisory committee a study of the infrastructure on how to collect wastewater from septic systems for treatment. … “
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Basin Boundary Modifications Submission Period Extended to September
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has extended the Basin Boundary Modifications submission period to September 28, 2018, in response to comments received on the Draft 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization. The extension will allow additional opportunity for local agencies to consider basin boundary modifications that support and promote sustainable groundwater management.
This extension affects the timeline for finalizing both Basin Boundary Modifications and Final 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization. The schedule for Basin Prioritization has been updated accordingly.
Additional information is available on the Basin Boundary Modifications webpage. All information to support basin boundary modifications must be submitted on the Basin Boundary Modifications Request System. For more information, contact Dane Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 230-3354.
- Basin Boundary Modifications submission period: Extended to September 28, 2018.
- Draft 2018 Basin Boundary Modifications: Release expected in November 2018.
- Final 2018 Basin Boundary Modifications: Release expected in February 2019.
Basin Prioritization Schedule Update
The schedule for Basin Prioritization was updated in response to comments received and as a result of the Basin Boundary Modifications submission period extension. Please be reminded that until the prioritization list is finalized, the 2014 CASGEM Basin Prioritization continues to define SGMA priority basins.
- Draft 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization public comment period: Extended to August 20, 2018.
- Basins not affected by modification requests: Final 2018 Basin Prioritization release expected in November 2018.
- Basins affected by modification requests:
- Draft 2018 Basin Prioritization release expected in February 2019.
- Draft release will be followed by a 30-day public comment period.
- Final 2018 Basin Prioritization release expected in May 2019.
During the public comment period, DWR seeks additional data or information that is consistent with the statewide datasets identified in the Basin Prioritization Process and Results Document. Basin prioritization datasets are available online.
Please visit the public comment webpage to submit comments, data, or information. Comments submitted and information uploaded in support of comments will be posted and visible to the public on DWR’s webpage for Draft 2018 Basin Prioritization Public Comments.
Frequently Asked Questions: The 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization Frequently Asked Questions have been updated.
Flood-Managed Aquifer Recharge White Paper Released
The Department of Water Resources has released two documents detailing flood-managed aquifer recharge (Flood-MAR). A Flood-MAR white paper evaluates the potential of using flood water on farmland and other working landscapes to help recharge groundwater supplies. The DRAFT Research and Data Development Framework identifies ways to advance Flood-MAR and has also been released for public comment. Comments are due by September 20, 2018. Read the DWR Update to learn more.
Spanish Translation of SGMA Documents Now Available
Spanish translations of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations Guide and Stakeholder Communication and Engagement guidance document are now available online.
Recorded Webinar Available
The recording of the 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization Webinar held on May 30, 2018, is available online.
Connect with Your Basin Point-of-Contact
DWR has designated Basin Points-of-Contact to assist local agencies and GSAs as GSPs are developed and implemented and to assist with applications for Technical Support Services and Facilitation Support Services. To determine your Basin Point-of-Contact, please see the following links that provide maps and contact information:
For regional inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
For general inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Ridgecrest Independent:
“Stetson Engineers, the firm acting as water resources manager for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority, outlined progress and a timeline on a required groundwater sustainability plan during a July 19 meeting.
According to Steve Johnson, Stetson Engineers’ president, elements of the plan go to the Groundwater Authority’s technical advisory committee and its policy advisory committee, which is tasked with looking through it and making recommendations to the water resources manager.
Jeff Helsley, with Stetson, said that in the next six to eight weeks, the Groundwater Authority may have an introductory chapter before the committee, followed by more committees later on. … “
From the Department of Water Resources:
The Department of Water Resources has extended the Basin Boundary Modifications submission period to September 28, 2018, in response to comments received on the Draft 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization. The extension will allow additional opportunity for local agencies to consider basin boundary modifications that support and promote sustainable groundwater management.
This extension affects the timeline for finalizing both Basin Boundary Modifications and 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization. The schedule for Basin Prioritization has been updated accordingly. Please be reminded that until prioritizations are finalized, the 2014 CASGEM Basin Prioritization continues to define SGMA priority basins.
Additional information is available on the Basin Boundary Modifications webpage . All information to support basin boundary modifications must be submitted on the Basin Boundary Modifications Request System. For more information, contact Dane Mathis at email@example.com or (559) 230-3354.
- September 28, 2018: Deadline for Basin Boundary Modifications submissions.
- November 2018: Expected release of Draft 2018 Basin Boundary Modifications.
- February 2019: Expected release of Final 2018 Basin Boundary Modifications.
From the Ridgecrest Independent:
How exactly the IWV Groundwater Authority’s technical advisory committee operates was set clear on Thursday — at least as defined from a legal perspective, according to Keith Lemieux, the Authority’s 2018 legal counsel.
Questions and concerns have been fielded at several Groundwater Authority meetings over the TAC’s function allows, especially whether the committee can vote on items or take action.
Lemieux said he received questions about whether the committee can take action and what tasks it does at its meetings. “It’s a fair question because unlike the other committee we have in the bylaws, the TAC is a very unusual animal,” Lemieux said.
Continue reading at the Ridgecrest Independent here: Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority technical advisory committee processes discussed
From the Ridgecrest Independent:
The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority board voted 3-1 to formally adopt an ordinance imposing a monthly volumetric groundwater extraction fee on major pumpers at its Thursday meeting.
Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden voted no, as directed by the city council on Wednesday. Inyo County’s representative was not present. San Bernardino County representative Bob Page voted by telephone conference.
The fee will impose a fee of $30 per acre-foot pumped on major pumpers in the valley, including the IWV Water District, Searles Valley Minerals, and agricultural interests. The fee aims to fill a $930,000 budget gap in the development of a groundwater sustainability plan required by the Department of Water Resources by Jan. 31, 2020.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
A diverse group of public officials, agency representatives and citizens are working to tackle one of the most pressing issues dogging the region — the continued depletion of groundwater reserves.
“There’s not a lot of water available for recharge and there’s not going to be one project that is going to get us to the finish line,” said Darcy Pruitt of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency, a group mandated by state law to develop a sustainability plan for local aquifers. “It’s and, not or.”
From Arizona State University:
The availability of water from underground aquifers is vital to the basic needs of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, including those of us who live in the western United States. In recent decades, however, the overpumping of groundwater, combined with drought, has caused some aquifers to permanently lose essential storage capacity.
With the hope of providing water resource managers with better tools to help keep aquifers healthy, a team of scientists from Arizona State University and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are using the latest space technology to look underneath Earth’s surface to measure this precious natural resource.
They’ve focused their efforts on one of the world’s largest aquifer systems, located in California’s Central Valley, measuring both its groundwater volume and its storage capacity. The results of their most recent findings in this groundbreaking study have been recently published in Water Resources Research.