The MGA recently received an Award Notification Letter for a $500,000 grant from the Department of Water Resources. As the MGA shifts to implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin, these grant funds will be used to improve groundwater monitoring and data management systems. We anticipate the award will be finalized by summer 2020. Great news!
The Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin is a long and detailed read. The GSP and Appendices together run almost 1,000 pages! If that is not likely to find a spot on your reading list, but you WOULD like to learn about the GSP in a more succinct format, please check out the recently released 8-page Basin GSP Summary. This summary is also available on the MGA website, on both the Sustainability Plan and Resource Library pages. Enjoy!
Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, the Department of Water Resources has extended the public comment period on the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan to June 3, 2020. For more information, please visit: http://sgma.water.ca.gov/portal.
On February 19, 2020, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) posted the Santa Cruz Mid-County Basin (Basin) Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) on its Sustainable Groundwater Management Act website. The posting by DWR opens a Public Comment Period on the Basin GSP, which will remain open until May 4, 2020.
The Basin GSP can be found on the DWR website at: https://sgma.water.ca.gov/portal/gsp/all.
The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) successfully submitted its adopted Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The GSP was uploaded to DWR's SGMA Portal on Thursday, January 30, 2020. DWR has 20 days in which to process the GSP and open its 75-day comment period. The MGA's GSP submission includes responses to comments received on the Draft GSP.
The Sustainability Plan page of the MGA website includes information about the development of the GSP as well as a link to the GSP submitted to DWR.
A recording of the MGA's Groundwater Model Enrichment Session is available for viewing. This webinar occured on February 11, 2019. This information session was led by staff from Montgomery & Associates, the technical consultants developing the groundwater model for the Santa Cruz Mid-County Basin. The groundwater model is informing the development of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan. Topics covered include: Purpose of Groundwater Modeling; Model Calibration; Water Budget; Baseline Model Assumptions; Model Uses.
The MGA funded helicopter survey to identify the boundaries of seawater intrusion along our coast is available. The report identifies the boundary between salty water and freshwater. The technical memorandum included with the report outlines further risks of seawater intrusion along our coastal boundary.
(FEBRUARY 7, 2018) SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Tuesday that it has recommended three grants in Santa Cruz County totaling $4 million to help the development of state-mandated groundwater sustainability plans. Once finalized, the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA) will receive $1 million, and the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) and Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency (PVWMA) will each receive $1.5 million. Funding for the grant comes from Proposition 1, passed by voters in 2014. Before funding is finalized, DWR is holding a public comment period which will be open until February 21, at 5:00 p.m.
The MGA is partnering with the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County to offer free water use assessments and well water level monitoring for private well owners in the Mid-County Groundwater Basin. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or want more information, please contact Angie Gruys at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (831) 464-2950 X 22.
On February 1, the public is invited to a discussion of local water resources planning and management, featuring leaders from across Santa Cruz County and the California Department of Water Resources.