|Recommendations: Develop implementation strategies of common value following the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act; Focus on consensus of surface and groundwater storage water supply projects; Develop and update key funding opportunities; Conduct an education series.|
California Water Institute
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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Significant efforts have been spent on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Supervisor Vito Chiesa, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, convened a group in November 2015 to consider the common elements shared by counties. SGMA recognizes several county responsibilities including: the “front door” for well permits, providing backup as the organizing structure for areas that do not “self-form” into “groundwater sustainability agencies”; and to represent groundwater users within the scope of a sustainability agency that have no other agency to represent them. Finally, each county is a principal agency in the integration of land use planning and groundwater management. Given these issues, representatives of most of the eight counties met and discussed convening a process to work on the implementation issues within the water community.
- Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (California Department of Water Resources). Develop implementation strategies of common value, a regional effort led by board member Vito Chiesa and California Water Institute, water issue support organization for the Partnership.
- Water Supply. Focus on consensus water supply projects (surface and groundwater storage) including the Temperance Flat and Sites Reservoirs proposals.Update and revitalize the Valley and Delta counties Project List (state and local, especially the Integrated Regional Water Management Plans) developed through the Partnership’s previous Water Work Group activities.
- Funding. Develop and update key funding opportunities. Inform key Valley stakeholders about opportunities. Engage stakeholders on developing and advocating Valley positions for “fair share” funding.
- Education Series.