(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.
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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.
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
Soquel (August 8, 2017) -The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) is looking for volunteers representing business and institutional water users to serve on its Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Advisory Committee. Applications for Committee members will be accepted from August 8 through August 22, 2017.
Soquel (June 5, 2017) -The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) is looking for volunteers to serve on its Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Advisory Committee. Applications for Committee members will be accepted from June 5 through July 20, 2017. A public meeting will be held on June 29, 2017 from 7-9 PM at Congregational Church of Soquel, 4951 Soquel Dr. Soquel CA to provide the public with more information about the MGA and the role of the GSP Advisory Committee.
Soquel (June 2, 2017) – At its May 18, 2017 board meeting, the Board of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) directed MGA Staff to prepare for its Groundwater Sustainability Plan preparation process.
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Soquel (May 10, 2017) – At its May 18, 2017 board meeting, the Board of the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) will review the proposed planning process, schedule, and structure to establish a public committee to develop the agency’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).
If approved, the proposed GSP Development Committee may include agricultural users, small water system management, institutional users, business interests, environmental interests and water utility rate payers within the Mid-County Basin boundaries.
SANTA CRUZ MID-COUNTY GROUNDWATER AGENCY IS CASE STUDY FOR STANFORD REPORT ON GROUNDATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY (GSA) FORMATION
Santa Cruz County (January 30, 2017) - This past summer the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) participated as a case study for a Stanford University report called "To Consolidate or Coordinate: Status of the Formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA)s in California." The report notes that the MGA is the only basin thus far to coordinate multiple agencies to govern a GSA. The MGA has been viewed as a model agency for leading the way for GSA development and demonstrating collaboration.
Key findings of the report include: