On January 12, 2024, construction of the Olive Springs Monitoring Well was completed as planned. The depth of the well is 110' feet below land surface, and groundwater was encountered at 59 feet below land surface. This new well fills a data gap identified in the Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan and will enhance the understanding of the interconnection between groundwater and surface water in the Basin.
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Click HERE for updates on Olive Springs Road monitoring well construction in the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin. (January 2024)
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released new guidance on Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Annual Reports, Periodic Evaluations, and Plan Amendments. MGA is carefully considering this guidance as we begin preparation of the Water Year 2023 annual report and our first periodic evaluation of the DWR-approved MGA GSP. Check out DWR's new guidance here.
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(October 2023) The MGA is seeking a highly qualified legal firm to provide on-call legal support services for actions associated with Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) compliance.
Request for Statement of Qualifications Legal Support Services for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Groundwater Sustainability Plan Implementation
Statement of Qualifications Due: October 25, 2023 by 5 pm
(October 2023) At the MGA Board Meeting on June 15th, the Board appointed a temporary committee to follow established procedures for the appointment of new Private Well Owner representatives to the MGA Board. At its meeting on September 21st, the Board adopted the recommendation of the committee and appointed Jim Kerr as Director and Robert Schultz as Alternate Director to serve four-year terms on the Board commencing January 2024.
The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) is accepting applications to fill two vacancies for Well Owner Representatives on the Board of Directors, one vacancy for a Director and one vacancy for an Alternate Director. The MGA is a public agency formed in 2016 to comply with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The MGA is responsible for groundwater management in the Mid-County Groundwater Basin in the communities of Soquel, Aptos, Capitola, Live Oak, and La Selva Beach.
Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), an annual report is required for each groundwater basin that has submitted Groundwater Sustainability Plan to the Department of Water Resources (DWR). At its meeting on March 16, 2023, the MGA Board heard a presentation by consultant Georgina King of Montgomery & Associates on key findings of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Basin Water Year 2022 Annual Report. Ms.
The Department of Water Resources will conduct airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys in the Seaside, Monterey, Eastside Aquifer, Langley Area, Pajaro Valley, Santa Cruz Mid-County, Santa Margarita, North San Benito, and Llagas Area groundwater basins. The surveys are now scheduled to occur between November 6th -17th. These surveys will help improve the understanding of groundwater resources and support local management efforts in their goals to implement Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Public Comment on the DRAFT Drought Response and Outreach Plan for Domestic Wells and Small Water Systems - Due October 14th by 5PM
The County of Santa Cruz Water Resources Staff are taking public comment on the DRAFT Santa Cruz County Drought Response and Outreach Plan for Domestic Wells and Small Water Systems through 5PM on Friday, October 14th. Comments can be sent to Denice Barnes Denice.Barnes@santacruzcounty.us.