• Salinas Valley

    Groundwater Basin

    Planning Process

    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.

  • Upcoming Meetings

    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

    • Thursday, 2/23, 3:00-5:00 - Note different location: City of Salinas West Wing Conference Room, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas
    • Thursday, 3/30, 3:00-5:00 @ Ag Center Conference Room, 1428 Abbott St, Salinas

     

    View the Collaborative Work Group Meeting Framework (updated 3/21/16)

  • Recent News

    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

     

    View: Application; Notice of Availability of Application

     

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    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

    www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20161214/county-will-get-bill-for-groundwater-agency

     

    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

    The California Department of Water Resources announced the Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modifications and the Basin Boundary Assessment Tool Map (these are both now available on DWR’s web site).

     

    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

  • Background

    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 .

     

    Visit the Department of Water Resources website for more information on GSAs

    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?

    View the Process Roadmap (updated 3/21/16)

  • Stakeholder Groups

    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.

     

    Link to Stakeholder Forum Schedule + Materials

    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.

     

    Link to Collaborative Work Group Meeting Schedule + Materials

    Who is in the Collaborative Work Group?

    Collaborative Work Group

    Current Members

    Alco

    Cal Water Service

    Castroville Community Service District

    CHISPA

    City of Salinas

    Driscoll Strawberry Associates

    Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

    California Native Plant Society

    City of Gonzales

    Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

    LandWatch

    Marina Coast Water District

    Monterey County Regional Water Pollution Control Agency

    Monterey County Farm Bureau

    Monterey County Vinters & Growers

    Monterey County

    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 

    Summary

    Materials: Agenda

     

    CWG Meeting #15, December 2, 2016

    At this meeting, Work Group members focused on finalizing the JPA agreement.

    Materials: Agenda

     

    CWG Meeting #14, November 14, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Compiled documents
     

    CWG Meeting #13, November 4, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: View all materials here (compiled in a single document)

    • CWG #13 Agenda
    • Draft GSA Board Member Qualifications
    • GSA Governing Board Selection Process
    • Disadvantaged Communities Chart
    • Salinas Briefing Points
    • Draft Meeting #12 Summary

     

    CWG Meeting #12, October 20, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Agenda | Proposal - Governing board selection process v6

     

    CWG Meeting #11, October 14, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Agenda | Proposal - Governing board selection process

     

    CWG Meeting #10, September 23, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Agenda | Draft governing board proposal | Map - Proposed Marina Coast Water District GSA

     

    CWG Meeting #9, September 8, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Agenda, Handout 1 - Groundwater governance examples,

    Handout 2 - Proposed Salinas Valley GSA governing board

     

    CWG Meeting #8, August 18, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Agenda, GSA Structure Info

     

    CWG Meeting #7, August 5, 2016

    Summary

    Materials: Full Agenda, Preliminary Governance Ideas v2.2, Matrix Comparing Proposals

     

    CWG Meeting #6, June 16, 2016

    Summary

     

    CWG Meeting #5, June 3, 2016

    Summary

     

    CWG Meeting #4, May 19, 2016

    Summary

     

    CWG Meeting #3, April 13, 2016

    Summary

    Materials

     

    CWG Meeting #2, March 23, 2016

    Summary

    Materials

     

    CWG Meeting #1, March 4, 2016

    Summary

    Materials

    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

     

    Materials: Agenda - English / Spanish | Fact Sheet: Salinas Valley GSA Recommendation | Governing board selection process | Presentation | Flyer

     

     

    Second Groundwater Stakeholder Forum

    September 8, 2016

    Summary

     

    Materials: Full Agenda | Presentation 1 - Sam Boland-Brien, State Water Resources Control Board | Presentation 2 - GSA Options Under Consideration in Salinas Valley | Flyer | Press Release

     

    First Groundwater Stakeholder Forum

    May 19, 2016

    Summary

     

    Materials - English | Materials - Spanish

    Documents

    Salinas Valley Stakeholder Issues Assessment(developed by Gina Bartlett, CBI)

    Process Roadmap (updated 3/21/16)

    Meeting Framework (updated 3/21/16)

    Work Group Charter

  • Get Involved!

    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.

     

    Sign Up to receive regular updates via email by Joining the Interested Parties Mailing List.

     

    Additionally, all Collaborative Work Group meetings are open to the public. View the schedule here.

  • Sign Up

    Sign up to be on our mailing list to get regular updates about the process.

  • Contact

    For more information about the process, including how to get involved, contact: