After many years of unsustainable groundwater pumping practices throughout much of California, the state Legislature passed SGMA in 2015, which tasked local agencies authorities with managing their groundwater resources in a sustainable manner. Because the western portion of Calaveras County overlies about 70 square miles of the Eastern San Joaquin Subbasin, which has been critically over drafted since 1980, CCWD is moving forward with the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency to contribute to recharging the basin and to maintain local control of our groundwater basin. The District is well-positioned for this task since it has been monitoring groundwater for the past decade and has a recognized groundwater management plan in place. In the even that a local agency does not take on the formal role of a recognized Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) by June 30, 2017, the state would intervene in the management of our local groundwater resources.
CCWD's Formation of the East Side Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)
The District has partnered with Stanislaus County, Calaveras County and Rock Creek Irrigaiton District to form a cooperative GSA that will cover the areas of the Eastern San Joaquin Subbasin within Calaveras and Stanislaus Counties, not within another GSA boundary. This GSA will benefit all partners because it will allow for cost sharing, grant opportunities, regional groundwater sustainability, opportunities to leverage technical expertise and includes close cooperation between upstream and downstream agencies. Click here for more information about the Eastside GSA Groundwater Partnership
Click here for CCWD’s handout on the formation of a SGMA GSA
for a list of frequently asked questions prepared by the Department of Water Resources.
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions prepared by the State Water Resources Control Board
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