News 2018-02-09T16:52:17+00:00

California Department of Water Resources Announces Grant Funding Recommendations

(FEBRUARY 7, 2018) SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA) today announced the California Department of Water Resources has recommended a $1 million matching grant to help fund development of a state-mandated groundwater sustainability plan. Funding for the grant comes from Proposition 1, passed by California voters in 2014. Before funding is finalized, a public comment period will be open until February 21, at 5:00 p.m.  Read more

Detailed draft funding recommendations can be found here.


The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency will host a Public Education Session on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Margarita Community Room located at 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA.

Topics include:
Groundwater Hydrology 101: Understanding fundamental hydrogeological terms and concepts needed for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and groundwater modeling.
Overview of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin:  Understanding the current state of the basin.
Introduction to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA):  Understanding the new legislation and how it will affect the residents of the basin.
Public participation is encouraged.

Press Release – Public Education Session

Groundwater News

May 1, 2017: The Joint Exercise of Power Agreement (JPA) between the Scotts Valley Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, and County of Santa Cruz is available on our Resources Page. The JPA will be discussed at the following meetings:

  • May 4th at the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors meeting
  • May 23rd at the County of Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors meeting
  • May 25th at the San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors meeting

Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 4, 2017: New Water Agency on the Horizon for Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley.

Press Release: Groundwater Agency Formation Stakeholder Meeting on February 22, 2017.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Dec. 10, 2015: Santa Cruz County, water districts explore groundwater sustainability agency

KQED, Sept. 17, 2014: What to Know About California’s New Groundwater Law