Press Release, SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY
On October 7th the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors adopted a Groundwater Management Plan (Plan) for the Santa Rosa Plain (Plain). The Plan sets a framework to locally and voluntarily manage groundwater resources.
The Plan was developed by the Basin Advisory Panel (Panel), a balanced stakeholder group. A comprehensive study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey that found that the Plain is experiencing an average annual loss of stored groundwater, which, if not modified, could lead to issues such as declining or dry wells, reduced water flows in creeks and streams, and a loss of water supply flexibility. The Plan promotes activities and programs that aim to create sustainable groundwater levels in the Plain.
One of the first actions of the plan is to better characterize groundwater conditions by increasing streamflow measurements and voluntary groundwater level monitoring. This data will be used to prioritize groundwater sustainability projects and programs, such as rural water use efficiency programs and groundwater recharge projects.
The Plan will continue to be a living document that can adapt to changing conditions and new information. Plan Implementation is structured to encourage an open, collaborative and cooperative process for groundwater management activities.
To view a copy of the Plan or find ways you can be involved visit www.sonomacountywater.org/srgroundwater or email Project Manager Marcus Trotta at MTrotta@scwa.ca.gov.