On September 16, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA). The SGMA provides a framework for sustainable management of groundwater supplies by local authorities. Recognizing that groundwater is most effectively managed at the local level, the SGMA empowers local agencies to achieve sustainability within 20 years. SGMA establishes minimum standards for sustainable groundwater management, improves coordination between land use and groundwater planning, provides state technical assistance, protects water rights, and creates a mechanism for state intervention if a local agency is not managing its groundwater sustainability.
North Santa Cruz County communities rely on groundwater for a major portion of their water supply. To that end, the Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD), San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) and County of Santa Cruz (County) recognize that sustainable groundwater management is essential to ensure reliable and resilient water systems and desire to continue work collectively on the implementation of SGMA. The three agencies commit to work with each other and engage other stakeholders in revising basin boundaries, forming a Groundwater Management Agency (GSA) and developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).
Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification Request
A modified basin boundary will better reflect the geologic structure of the area and mirror the ongoing management of the area’s shared groundwater resource. It will also clarify and define the boundaries with adjacent basins that are managed by neighboring agencies.
The Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors took action October 8, 2015 to support the collaborative efforts by SVWD, SLVWD, the County of Santa Cruz and other Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin stakeholders in complying with the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and to prepare and submit to the State Department of Water Resources a Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Revision Request. On November 25, 2015, in accordance with § 343.9, the SVWD submitted the Initial Notification of Potential Basin Boundary Modification Request.
On March 24, the State Department of Water Resources determined the basin modification request to be complete, which opened a 30-day period for members of the public to submit input to the DWR. Public comments must be submitted by April 23 and include a clear statement of the basis for the support of or opposition to the proposed boundary modification.
Click here to view the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Modification Request Draft Report detailing the justification for the boundary revision. Click here to provide input on the request.
For additional information or submissions on the proposed Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification please email or submit in writing to the following address: Scotts Valley Water District, Attn: Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Boundary Modification, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, California 95066
Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Advisory Committee
In 1995, a group of local agencies established the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin Advisory Committee (SMGBAC) and became signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding that outlined the objectives for the cooperative groundwater management of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. The SMGBAC meets twice a year in May and November.