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About Us

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) is an 11-member board comprised of two elected officials from Central Water District, City of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, and Soquel Creek Water District and three private well representatives who oversee the groundwater management activities of the Mid-County Basin Area in Santa Cruz County, California.

Information on the Board Members is available in the Board Member Profiles.

Staff and support from other the partner agencies and organizations has also been instrumental.

Joint Powers Agreement (March 17, 2016)

By-Laws (May 19, 2016)

Notice of Intent submitted to the CA Department of Water Resources to become a GSA (May 19, 2016)

Sustainability Goal

The MGA Basin’s draft sustainability goal is: To manage the groundwater basin to ensure beneficial uses and users have access to a safe and reliable groundwater supply to meet current and future expected regional demand without causing undesirable impacts that:

  • Ensures groundwater is available for beneficial uses and a diverse population of beneficial users,
  • Protects groundwater supply against seawater intrusion,
  • Maintains or enhances groundwater levels where groundwater dependent ecosystems exist,
  • Maintains or enhances groundwater contributions to streamflow,
  • Resolves problems of groundwater overdraft within the MGA Basin,
  • Supports reliable groundwater supply and quality to promote public health and welfare,
  • Ensures operational flexibility within the MGA Basin by maintaining a drought reserve, and
  • Does no harm to neighboring groundwater basins in regional efforts to achieve groundwater sustainability.

Current Focus

The MGA has been working and focusing on:

  1. Formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) - Complete
  2. Request Basin Boundary Revision to DWR - Complete
  3. Hiring a Senior Planner to assist with preparing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan - Complete
  4. Develop Groundwater Model of the Mid-County Groundwater Management Area - Complete
  5. Develop a GSP Advisory Committee to review technical information and make recommedations to the Board - Final meeting in June 2019
  6. Groundwater Sustainability Plan development - Draft Plan in July 2019
  7. Public Outreach and Education - Ongoing


The MGA Board and GSP Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.  For more information on meetings, including the agendas, packets, and minutes, click here.