Working to create a collaborative plan for sustainable groundwater in the Salinas Valley Basin by 2020
Above the Salinas River
An original oil painting by local Salinas Valley artist,
Rhett Regina Owings www.RhettsStudio.com
Welcome to the Salinas Valley Groundwater Planning website dedicated to providing information about the coordinating efforts currently underway to form a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in Salinas Valley, California.
Groundwater Stakeholder Forum
Collaborative Work Group (CWG)
The Work Group no longer plans to meet on 2/2 and 3/9.
The Work Group will next meet on Thursday, Feb. 23, 3:00-5:00
City of Salinas West Wing Conference Room, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas
[Note different location]
Meeting Materials: Agenda
Upcoming CWG Meeting Dates
View the Collaborative Work Group Meeting Framework (updated 3/21/16)
Inaugural Meeting of the Salinas Valley Basin GSA JPA Board of Directors: 3/9, 4:00
The first meeting of the Salinas Valley Basin GSA JPA Board of Directors will be held
on March 9th at 4:00 pm, Salinas City Hall Rotunda, 200 Lincoln, Salinas. The agenda is forthcoming.
Now accepting applications for Interim Public Member Board Director - Due Feb 17, 2017
Monterey County will appoint two persons to fill the Primary and Alternate Public Member Director positions on the Board of Directors of the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency. The Public Member Director positions will be filled through an application process to and appointment by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. Applications are now being accepted for these positions, to serve on an interim basis through September 30, 2017, primarily to start the important work of the Salinas Valley groundwater sustainability agency. Applications are due on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
Qualifications: The appointee must have a basic understanding of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin and groundwater in general, an understanding of how to run an organization, and the ability to work collaboratively with other directors coming from diverse constituencies. In addition, the appointee must be a rural residential Well owner; or a representative of an industrial processor, a Local Small or State Small Water System (a public water system with less than 16 but more than 1 connection), or of a mutual water company.
Contact: Annette D'Adamo | (831) 796-3045 | DAdamoA@co.monterey.ca.us
Now Complete -- Salinas Valley GSA Joint Powers Authority Agreement
View: Salinas Valley GSA Joint Powers Authority Agreement (dated Dec. 13, 2016); Exhibit B; Exhibit C through F
County will get bill for groundwater agency
Monterey Herald, Jim Johnson – December 14, 2016
Monterey County Board of Supervisors and Salinas City Council Vote to Approve Salinas Valley GSA Joint Powers Authority Agreement
At a hearing on December 13, 2016, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of the proposed Salinas Valley groundwater sustainability agency. At a separate meeting on December 13, the City of Salinas City Council also voted in favor of the proposed groundwater sustainability agency.
DWR Announces Basin Boundary Modifications
Salinas Valley Basin Changes
Seaside/Corral de Tierra
In the Seaside / Corral de Tierra, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District applied for a change is to mirror the Seaside adjudicated boundaries. DWR approved this boundary change.
Paso Robles Sub-Basin
In the Paso Robles sub-basin, Monterey County pursued a jurisdictional boundary change at the county line. DWR did not approve the boundary change. This means that Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County will need to coordinate groundwater sustainability management for the Paso Robles sub-basin. If each county forms a groundwater sustainability agency within its county, the two agencies will coordinate their plans for groundwater management.
Pajaro Valley Unmanaged Area
Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency indicated that they are willing to serve as the GSA for the portion of the Pajaro Valley Basin that is within their jurisdiction, which would leave the Potentially Un-Managed Area (PUMA) at the southern portion of the basin in flux. Discussions between MCWRA and DWR indicate that the northern boundary of the Pressure 180/400 sub-basin and Langley sub-basin boundaries were kept conterminous (i.e. sharing a boundary) with the southern boundary of the Pajaro Valley sub-basin; therefore, there is not a potentially un-managed area in the basin.
SGMA initially established the basin boundaries as defined in Bulletin 118, a comprehensive report on California groundwater resources that is periodically updated by DWR. A provision of SGMA, Water Code 10722.2, established a process for local agencies to request that DWR modify those boundaries to improve coordination and promote statewide sustainable groundwater management. The Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modifications was developed through DWR’s technical review of basin boundary modification requests and public comment made during the submission period, January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Future basin boundary modification submission periods will likely be based on demand and coordinated with 5-year updates to Bulletin 118.
To discuss modification submissions please contact your DWR Region Office Representatives: South Central Region Office (Fresno) – Dane Mathis, Dane.Mathis@water.ca.gov
What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)?
In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown enacted legislation that sets forth a path to create local agencies to sustainably manage the state's groundwater resources. This initiative, known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, shifts planning and management of groundwater resources to newly formed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, made up of local agencies (cities, counties, water districts) and requires development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans for priority basins.
The state has designated Salinas Valley as a priority basin. Since 2015, stakeholders have been working collaboratively to begin forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. For more information on SGMA, visit: groundwater.ca.gov
Map of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin
How Does A Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Form?
The first step in implementing SGMA is to form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, which must be done by June 30, 2017. As outlined below, an agency or combination of local agencies may form a GSA by using any of the following methods: a joint powers agreement (JPA), or a memorandum of agreement (MOU) or other legal agreement .
What entities are eligible to serve as a GSA?
SGMA provides that a local agency, a combination of local agencies, or a county may establish a GSA. Specifically, a local agency is defined as any local public entity that has water supply, water management, or land use responsibilities within a groundwater basin. In short, any local agency or combination of local agencies overlying a groundwater basin can elect to be a GSA. A water corporation regulated by the Public Utilities Commission or a mutual water company may participate in a GSA through a memorandum of agreement or other legal agreement. Non-agency parties can be incorporated into the decision-making process for the GSA through advisory bodies or by creating special provisions in the legal formation.
Information about SGMA
Process + Timeline
What is the process for GSA formation in Salinas Valley?
Since 2015, local agencies and stakeholders have been working with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) to facilitate the GSA formation in the Salinas Valley Basin. CBI first conducted a stakeholder assessment, including interviews and surveys, that resulted in recommendations for a transparent, inclusive process moving forward.
The CBI stakeholder assessment report outlined the following keys to success for the GSA formation planning process in the Salinas Valley :
1) create a transparent, inclusive process that engages interested stakeholders,
2) design a government structure that balances interests, supports a vibrant economy, manages groundwater sustainability, and meets SGMA requirements.
Who decides on the GSA formation?
The Collaborative Work Group, in consultation with the Groundwater Stakeholder Forum, will recommend the GSA structure to the GSA eligible entities in the basin. If more than one agency chooses to participate in the GSA, each agency’s governing board would adopt or approve the GSA. If the Collaborative Work Group proved unable to reach consensus on the recommended structure, each GSA-eligible agency could move forward to comply with SGMA by forming one or more GSAs and the required coordination agreements.
SGMA stipulates that if no agencies step forward to form the GSA, the County will be the default GSA.
What's happening in the Salinas Valley before 2017?
The Groundwater Stakeholder Forum and Collaborative Work Group are underway to develop recommendations on forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency that has widespread support among affected agencies, organizations, and individuals.
What is the Groundwater Stakeholder Forum?
The Groundwater Stakeholder Forum will advise on forming the Groundwater Sustainability Agency. Everyone who is interested in groundwater management should plan to attend these meetings. The Forum will meet approximately four times in the next year to shape the overall process for forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency. Meetings will take place in Salinas and will have simultaneous Spanish translation.
What is the Collaborative Work Group (CWG)?
The Collaborative Work Group will develop recommendations for forming a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin. The Collaborative Work Group will vet ideas with the Groundwater Stakeholder Forum, and eligible agencies will consider adopting the recommended GSA to be in compliance with state law.
Who is in the Collaborative Work Group?
Collaborative Work Group
Cal Water Service
Castroville Community Service District
City of Salinas
Driscoll Strawberry Associates
Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
California Native Plant Society
City of Gonzales
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California
Marina Coast Water District
Monterey County Regional Water Pollution Control Agency
Monterey County Farm Bureau
Monterey County Vinters & Growers
Salinas Valley Sustainable Water Group
San Jerardo Cooperative, Inc.
San Luis Obispo County
Salinas Valley Water Coalition
The Nature Conservancy
Water Resources Agency
Past Meeting Materials + Documents
Past CWG Meeting Materials + Summaries
CWG Meeting #16, January 19, 2017
CWG Meeting #15, December 2, 2016
At this meeting, Work Group members focused on finalizing the JPA agreement.
CWG Meeting #14, November 14, 2016
Materials: Compiled documents
CWG Meeting #13, November 4, 2016
Materials: View all materials here (compiled in a single document)
CWG Meeting #12, October 20, 2016
CWG Meeting #11, October 14, 2016
CWG Meeting #10, September 23, 2016
CWG Meeting #9, September 8, 2016
CWG Meeting #8, August 18, 2016
CWG Meeting #7, August 5, 2016
CWG Meeting #6, June 16, 2016
CWG Meeting #5, June 3, 2016
CWG Meeting #4, May 19, 2016
CWG Meeting #3, April 13, 2016
CWG Meeting #2, March 23, 2016
CWG Meeting #1, March 4, 2016
Past Groundwater Stakeholder Forum Materials + Summaries
Third Groundwater Stakeholder Forum
November 14, 2016
Participants learned about and provided feedback on the recommendation for Groundwater Sustainability Agency formation
Meeting summary forthcoming
Second Groundwater Stakeholder Forum
September 8, 2016
First Groundwater Stakeholder Forum
May 19, 2016
How can I get involved?
The best way to get involved is to attend the Groundwater Stakeholder Forum. The Groundwater Stakeholder Forum is designed to share information and gather public input on the GSA formation process. The first Groundwater Stakeholder Forum will take place on May 19, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
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Additionally, all Collaborative Work Group meetings are open to the public. View the schedule here.
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