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State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium - April 13, 2024!

The 9th Annual State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium will be held Saturday, April 13, 2024, beginning at the Felton Community Hall from 8:30 to 12:45, and followed by a Fall Creek Fisheries Tour from 1:30 to 2:00 pm.  State Assemblymember Gail Pellerin will join local experts for a discussion of the intersection of Federal, State, and local environmental protection policies and their impact on local rivers, fisheries, and water resources. Click here for more information.

Olive Springs Monitoring Well Completed!

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.

MGA in Action!

Click HERE for updates on Olive Springs Road monitoring well construction in the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin. (January 2024)


New DWR Guidance on GSP Annual Reports, Evaluations, and Amendments

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.

Private Well Owner Representatives Appointed By MGA Board

(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.

MGA Seeks Private Well Owner Representatives for Board of Directors

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.

Santa Cruz Mid-County Basin Water Year 2022 Annual Report

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.