State reclassifies Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin as ‘medium’ priority
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the final basin prioritization for the majority of groundwater basins in the state and the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin’s classification has been elevated to “medium” priority. Basins identified as high- or medium-priority are required to adopt groundwater sustainability plans beginning in 2020. Read more: DWR Website
The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified companies to prepare a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.
The SMGWA has not yet determined the specific approach and extent of work that will be required to prepare a GSP for the basin. We will consider recommendations made as part of the SOQ submittals, including those based on responder’s experience elsewhere.
The SMGWA is encouraging participation by all interested parties with an intent to find the best-qualified company to partner in developing a successful GSP. Candidates that intend to submit an SOQ for this project are asked to e-mail a letter of intent, which is not binding but will greatly assist in coordinating the selection process, by January 21, 2019. Communications and comments regarding this solicitation should be directed to Piret Harmon, at email@example.com or (831) 600-1902.
SANTA MARGARITA GROUNDWATER AGENCY ANNOUNCES THREE-PART ‘UNDERSTANDING YOUR WATER’ EDUCATIONAL SERIES
The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency, formed in 2017 to comply with California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, today announced it will host a three-part educational series beginning in January to engage and inform all people who rely on the water supply from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. The Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin is the major water source for communities in the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, the City of Santa Cruz and unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County.
Education series topics will include water supply, land development, and population growth, groundwater and surface water management, and climate change. The meetings will be held on the second Saturdays of the month from January to March at Felton Community Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
January 12: Land Use and Water: How Much Does Growth Matter?
February 9: Water Budgets: How Do We Balance All Needs?
March 9: Managing Groundwater: How Can We Prepare for an Uncertain Future?