Boundary modifications requested
The groundwater management agencies (GSA) in all three groundwater basins in Sonoma County have requested basin boundary modifications from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
While the Sonoma Valley GSA voted to revisit the idea of including Kenwood in the management basin at a later date, it has submitted a proposal to modify its current boundary to reflect the Sonoma-Napa County line. Currently, the Napa-Sonoma Lowlands Basin contains 347 acres located in Sonoma County, and the Sonoma Valley basin includes 160 acres located in Napa County. If approved by DWR, this basin boundary modification would streamline communication to landowners and allow groundwater managers to develop strategies in conjunction with land use planning in their respective counties. The total area requested to be changed represents less than one percent of the area of the two subbasins. DWR is not expected to respond to basin boundary modification requests until spring 2019.
Opening on Sonoma Valley Advisory Committee
The Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) is seeking someone to fill its seat on the Sonoma Valley GSA Advisory Committee. The original RCD-appointed Advisory Committee member has resigned from the committee, creating a vacancy. The RCD is seeking applications from stakeholders in the Sonoma Valley groundwater basin who are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee. To be eligible for appointment, applicants must live or work within or represent an organization with a presence in the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Basin, identified by DWR's Bulletin 118. You can visit this map at sgma.water.ca.gov/portal/#gsa to see if you live within the boundaries.
Applications are due by Nov. 19 at sonomavalleygroundwater.org.
Rate and fee studies update
At their August meetings, the boards of both Petaluma Valley and Sonoma Valley GSAs voted unanimously for member agencies to continue funding the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies during the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). This means that the founding agencies will continue to make contributions to fund GSA operations. The rate and fee studies in these two basins will be suspended after the consultant, Raftelis Financial Consulting, issues its final reports this year.
In the Santa Rosa Plain, the rate and fee study is moving forward.
Find out more at sonomavalleygroundwater.org.