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Community Involvement

Groundwater is a vital resource. Together, let's protect it.

Community involvement is very important to the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) and its governing bodies (City and County of Santa Cruz, Central Water District, and Soquel Creek Water District).

Monthly Drop-ins: Every third Thursday of the month, the MGA holds drop-in hours where you can meet MGA staff and Board members. These are casual events with no agenda, just come and chat. They are held alternately before the MGA meetings in the evening, and from 10am-12pm. Check the events calendar to see what time and where then next drop-in will be.

GSP Advisory Committee: The Advisory Committee is composed of basin water users and representatives and will play a vital role in developing the MGA’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan. Advisory Committee members will advise the MGA Board on sustainability goals, project funding and plan implementation.The time commitment will vary but is expected to require approximately 10 hours per month from September 2017 through July 2019. Click here to learn more about the committee and what they are working on right now.

Groundwater Orientation Sessions: The MGA is holding a series of orientation sessions to inform the public and the Advisory Committee about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the Mid-County Groundwater Basin, and the next steps for the process. The Sessions are being held from October-December 2017. For more information, and to watch recordings of the sessions, click here to see the orientation sessions website.

Private Well Representatives on the MGA: Since 1995, private well representatives have been included in discussions and oversight on groundwater management activities; and in 2015, the Soquel-Aptos Groundwater Management Committee (SAGMC) expanded private well representation to three seats on the board.  The MGA board of directors has now continued that tradition by including three private well representatives on their board of directors as well. Click here to learn more about the private well reps and other committee members.

Mid-County Groundwater Stakeholder Meetings: Beside the three appointed private well representatives on the MGA, we have also been holding regular community stakeholder engagement meetings. These meetings are open to the public-at-large and everyone (private well owners, water utility customers, etc.) are invited to attend!  These meetings are intended to educate all of our water using community and to gather public input which will help guide our planning and our actions.  Click here to access meeting materials and more information.  Information on stakeholder meetings held before November, 2015 can be found at the Soquel Creek Water District website.