From the Ventura County Star:
“A board that manages groundwater allocations made no final decisions on a pumping formula last week, but gave preliminary support to a proposal that restricts agricultural users.
The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency considered a plan Wednesday that would allow agricultural uses to pump 56,000 acre-feet of water starting next year and municipal and industrial uses to pump 36,000 acre-feet, representing a 60 percent vs. 40 percent split between the two groups. … ”
Read more from the Ventura County Star here: Ventura County: Groundwater agency mulls multitude of allocation plans, postpones final decision
“The San Benito County Water District (SBCWD) is initiating a Groundwater Sustainability Plan in compliance with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The plan is being done in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The development of this plan, which is required to be in place by 2022, encourages community involvement and input, according to a recent press release.
The public is invited to attend and participate in the first workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hollister Veterans’ Memorial Building, Room 218 at 649 San Benito Street in Hollister. Refreshments will be provided. … ”
Read more from Benitolink here: San Benito: Community invited to first workshop on Groundwater Sustainability Plan
From The Union:
“The Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors received an update about the Groundwater Sustainability Plan Development and authorized a contract for work at Scotts Flat Campground, during its Wednesday meeting.
Directors got an update on the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act from the West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency, including development of the required Groundwater Sustainability Plan. … ”
Read more from The Union here: Nevada Irrigation District directors hear groundwater plan update
There are interesting groundwater events coming up I want to alert you to:
On Saturday, October 27, Self Help Enterprises is hosting a Groundwater Sustainability Workshop in Visalia from 10am to 3pm. To RSVP, contact: Sonia Sanchez, (559) 802-1689, SoniaS@selfhelpenterprises.org
On Wednesday, October 31st, a SGMA Survival Roundtable at the Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State from 2pm to 4pm. Waterwrights.net and DisinfectWater present a discussion about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. Click here for more information and to register.
On Monday, November 5, a groundwater recharge workshop in Acampo from 9am to 12pm. Presented by Sustainable Conservation, the workshop will focus on how farmers, landowners and water districts can use active and fallow farmland to increase groundwater recharge while avoiding crop health problems, minimizing nutrient leaching and disruption of annual farm operations. Click here for more information and to register.
For more groundwater events, check out our groundwater calendar. And be sure to send us your groundwater-related events for inclusion.
Four essential policy reforms are needed to reduce the social, economic, and environmental costs of future droughts, says Dr. Mount
From Maven’s Notebook:
California’s climate is changing. Hotter temperatures, a shrinking snowpack, shorter and more intense wet seasons, rising sea level, and more volatile precipitation—with wetter wet years and drier dry years—are stressing the state’s water management system. Recent climate projections indicate that the pace of change will increase. To avoid unwanted social, economic, and environmental consequences, the water system will need to adapt to greater climate extremes and growing water scarcity.
Dr.Jeff Mount is senior fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, Water Policy Center. At the Western Groundwater Congress, hosted by Groundwater Resources Association of California, he argued that managing groundwater resources sustainably is the most important climate adaptation measure that the state can implement, and discussed four essential reforms are needed to reduce the social, economic, and environmental costs of future droughts. … “
Read the article from Maven’s Notebook here: DR. JEFF MOUNT: Making groundwater a centerpiece of managing the droughts of the future
From the Ventura County Star:
“A state water management agency will consider a new pumping allocation formula on Wednesday that city officials fear will lead to higher water rates. The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency board is expected to vote on an ordinance that sets pumping allocation for agricultural and municipal users.
The proposal calls for municipal and industrial users to pump no more than 35,000 acre-feet of groundwater a year, representing less than 40 percent of the total allocation. There are two groups that pump water from the Oxnard and Pleasant Valley basins — agricultural and municipal and industrial. Negotiations have been taking place for years with the groundwater management agency as it prepares a sustainability plan under state conservation mandates. … ”
Read more from the Ventura County Star here: Ventura County: Groundwater allocation between cities and agriculture up for discussion
From Plumas County News:
“The public will have an opportunity to learn about local implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in the Sierra Valley Basin at a workshop Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sierra Christian Church, 81059 Highway 70, in Beckwourth. … “
Continue reading at Plumas County News here: Public workshop to discuss sustainable groundwater management in Sierra Valley
From the Ridgecrest Independent:
“With a tightening deadline to submit a groundwater sustainability plan to the state, the IWV Groundwater Authority’s water resources manager plans to move more aggressively in the development process. Steve Johnson, the water resources manager and Stetson Engineers, Inc. president, highlighted that fact Thursday during the Groundwater Authority’s board meeting.
Johnson said that given the Groundwater Authority’s tight timeline to complete and submit the sustainability plan, Stetson Engineers will be pursuing an aggressive schedule to get components done. … ”
Read more from the Ridgecrest Independent here: Indian Wells Valley: Johnson cites aggressive schedule for GSP development
From the Ridgecrest Independent:
“Health and safety concerns became a topic of discussion at Thursday’s Indian Wells Valley Groundwater board meeting when Ridgecrest resident Nick Panzer broached the subject. Speaking during public comment, Panzer presented a letter to board addressing possible water allocations down the road as the Groundwater Authority prepares its sustainability plan.
“We must end overdraft in our basin,” Panzer said. “That means we must reduce pumping from about 28,000 acre feet a year to about 7,000 acre-feet per year.” … ”
Read more from the Ridgecrest Independent here: Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority talk health and safety, imported water
From New Times San Luis Obispo:
“A Santa Clara County jury served four Paso Robles-area government agencies a victory in court on Sept. 24, concluding in a unanimous ruling that those public water purveyors had established a right to pump from the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin—even in adverse conditions, like a drought.
After a month-long trial stemming from a 2013 lawsuit filed by private landowners, the jury ruled that the agencies—San Luis Obispo County, the city of Paso Robles, Templeton Community Services District (CSD), and San Miguel CSD—successfully proved that they’d established overriding rights to basin water between 1981 and 1990, when the aquifer was in a state of overdraft. … ”
Read more from New Times SLO here: Defending pumping