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Board of Directors Meeting
Date:  December 20, 2018
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Margarita Community Room, 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066
Agenda Packet


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?

The first forum, “Land Use and Water: How Much Does Growth Matter?” will provide information on land use planning and how it relates to the water supply. Details about subsequent seminars will be announced in the near future.

Each seminar will include a keynote speaker; break-out sessions where participants can engage with each other, water management staff and elected leaders; informational displays; and expert panel discussions.

The seminars are free to attend. Preregistration is encouraged.


Your voice is needed for the future of our water supply!

Our community has been invited to participate in a survey about groundwater management in our region. Whether you know a lot or a little about groundwater issues, your opinion counts. Please click the link below to start the survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes and is administered by the University of California. Thank you!

Click Here to take the Survey!

California Department of Water Resources Finalizes $85.8 Million in Grants for Local SMGA Implementation

(April 4, 2018) by the California Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources on April 4 released the following statement regarding grant decisions for groundwater sustainability projects and the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans by local agencies. Read more.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency has selected Hydrofocus to evaluate and make recommendations for upgrades to the existing Santa Margarita Groundwater Model, for use in developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency has selected California State University Sacramento to assist with the joint goal-setting process that will help establish a solid foundation for the planning work that will be required during the Groundwater Sustainability Plan development effort of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

For more information on requests for qualifications, please visit our Resources page.