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The following describes important water-related public agency meetings happening in the next few weeks about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  Please read the following for information that might pertain to you.

SGMA became a law on January 1, 2015.  It mandates the creation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) in groundwater basins defined as high or medium priority by the Department of Water Resources by June 30, 2017.  It also mandates the preparation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) by January 2022, and implementation of a GSP for a 20-year period ending in 2042.  Much of Yolo County exists within what is referred to as the Yolo Groundwater Subbasin, which is a high-priority basin.

The Water Resources Association of Yolo County (WRA) and Yolo County Farm Bureau have partnered to implement SGMA in Yolo County, and have coordinated with local public agencies for creating a GSA.  Since spring 2016, a group of local public agencies have held five public meetings and numerous governance workgroup discussions to discuss how to comply with SGMA.  These agencies have agreed to partner together and create a single GSA through a joint powers agreement (as per California Government Code 6500).  This has been discussed at the most recent set of public meetings held in Woodland and Winters in February, 2017.

In compliance with SGMA and Government Code 6500, these agencies will hold agency-specific public meetings to discuss and finalize their decision to join or not join the multi-agency GSA — the Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency.  The SGMA Public Meetings page provides a schedule of each agency considering this decision and the date, time, and location of their public meeting.  We encourage you to attend the meeting of the agency that represents you so you may provide your input to the governing body of elected representatives.  If you are not currently within an existing agency boundary, feel free to attend a nearby agency’s public hearing or the County’s public hearing.

For more information, please contact Kristin Sicke at (530) 662-0265.


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