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2018 County Water Status Report Available

Every year, the Water Resources team at the County compiles a list of county-wide water resources activities being implemented by County staff and partners. To develop the 2018 report, the County reached out to agencies and organizations to get the most up to date information on their projects and programs. The final report was recently adopted by the County Board of Supervisors, and can be found in the Resource Library.

Groundwater Model Enrichment Session Recording Available

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.

RFP Released for Consultant to Evaluate Options for Funding GSP Implementation

The County of Santa Cruz is soliciting proposals from individuals or firms with expertise in evaluating alternative options for assessment fees relating to the implementation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans or similar, to assist with Groundwater Sustainability Planning in the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin.  Interested firms are invited to review the attached Request for Proposals (RFP) that provides a brief project overview, proposal requirements, and selection criteria.

DWR Announces Grant Funding Recommendation

(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.


Soquel (September 27, 2017) – The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) is kicking off its Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) planning effort. The agency will present four public workshops to orient our Groundwater Sustainability Plan Advisory Committee to groundwater planning and management under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Our first workshop is titled: Groundwater 101 and SGMA – A Primer for the Community.

Date:                     October 5, 2017

Time:                    5:00 – 7:00 PM