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First Steps in Inter-Basin Coordination for SGMA featuring Basin Boundary Modification Requests in Santa Cruz County

At the Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) of California's 2016 Conference and 25th annual Meeting on September 28-29, 2016 in Concord, CA, HydroMetrics WRI presented a poster on our local inter-basin coordination for SGMA featuring our basin boundary modification requests in Santa Cruz County.

Below is an excerpt from the abstract and to download the poster, click HERE.

MGA Basin Boundary Modification Request Approved

On July 1, 2016, the mid-county groundwater basin boundary modification request was approved by the Department of Water Resources.  The draft-approved boundaries for Bulletin 118 will be posted on-line and included in the Basin Boundary Assessment Tool ( for your review.   The Department will be holding public meetings to present these results and hear any final comments on July 12th through 15th; see Basin Boundary webpage for details

MGA Request to be GSA recieved by DWR

The State has received the MGA request to be the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and has posted the notice on their website:  We are currently in the process of our basin boundary request which redefines the area we are requesting to manage to be one basin; however, currently this one area is split amongst four DWR-recognized basins. Thus we are listed four times for these four corresponding basins. 

Santa Cruz County water agencies to change inconsistent basin boundaries

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 03/29/16, 5:13 PM PDT 

SANTA CRUZ >> Under a historical law passed in 2014, water agencies in California must replenish troubled basins by 2040.

But the state and local water managers have different maps that say which basin belongs to which agency. Years ago, the Department of Water Resources separately defined the boundaries for basins that now require management under the new law.

Soquel Creek Water District to Purchase Surface Water from the Santa Cruz Water Department

On February 9, the Santa Cruz City Council agreed to sell the Soquel Creek Water District a limited amount of available winter surface water each year from the City’s north coast sources for the next 5 years.  The Cooperative Water Transfer and Purchase Agreement, which outlines the financial terms of the purchase as well as water supply status and other conditions that must be met by the City before they can sell available water, was agreed to by the City and Soquel Creek in the fall of 2015, but finalizing the agreement has been on hold for several months while environmental review was ca

Santa Cruz Awarded Groundwater Grant by Department of Water Resources

On December 8, 2015, DWR received 23 grant applications for the 2015 Counties with Stressed Basins grant solicitation. The proposals, from County governments, requested a total of approximately $7 million, with total project costs of $12.7 million. On January 22, 2016, DWR announced the draft funding recommendations to award 21 proposals, totaling $6,689,382. Detailed information regarding the draft funding recommendations can be found at

Santa Cruz County, water districts explore groundwater sustainability agency

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 12/10/15, 8:56 PM PST 

Originally posted at

LIVE OAK >> Santa Cruz County and some local water districts are forming a new agency tasked with bringing the basin stretching from Santa Cruz to Aptos into balance.