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First Steps in Inter-Basin Coordination for SGMA featuring Basin Boundary Modification Requests in Santa Cruz County

At the Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) of California's 2016 Conference and 25th annual Meeting on September 28-29, 2016 in Concord, CA, HydroMetrics WRI presented a poster on our local inter-basin coordination for SGMA featuring our basin boundary modification requests in Santa Cruz County.

Below is an excerpt from the abstract and to download the poster, click HERE.

MGA Basin Boundary Modification Request Approved

On July 1, 2016, the mid-county groundwater basin boundary modification request was approved by the Department of Water Resources.  The draft-approved boundaries for Bulletin 118 will be posted on-line and included in the Basin Boundary Assessment Tool ( for your review.   The Department will be holding public meetings to present these results and hear any final comments on July 12th through 15th; see Basin Boundary webpage for details

MGA Request to be GSA recieved by DWR

The State has received the MGA request to be the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and has posted the notice on their website:  We are currently in the process of our basin boundary request which redefines the area we are requesting to manage to be one basin; however, currently this one area is split amongst four DWR-recognized basins. Thus we are listed four times for these four corresponding basins. 

Santa Cruz County water agencies to change inconsistent basin boundaries

By Samantha Clark, Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 03/29/16, 5:13 PM PDT 

SANTA CRUZ >> Under a historical law passed in 2014, water agencies in California must replenish troubled basins by 2040.

But the state and local water managers have different maps that say which basin belongs to which agency. Years ago, the Department of Water Resources separately defined the boundaries for basins that now require management under the new law.

UC Researchers Publish Map for Successful Groundwater Governance

Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED:   03/11/2016 10:51:01 AM PST | UPDATED:   3 DAYS AGO

SANTA CRUZ -- California has not managed or regulated groundwater use on a statewide basis for most of its history, and many of the state's aquifers have been depleted by overpumping. A team of experts led by UC faculty has now published a report that describes a path forward for successful groundwater management.

Santa Cruz Awarded Groundwater Grant by Department of Water Resources

On December 8, 2015, DWR received 23 grant applications for the 2015 Counties with Stressed Basins grant solicitation. The proposals, from County governments, requested a total of approximately $7 million, with total project costs of $12.7 million. On January 22, 2016, DWR announced the draft funding recommendations to award 21 proposals, totaling $6,689,382. Detailed information regarding the draft funding recommendations can be found at