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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)
About SGMA

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act gives local public agencies (counties, cities, water agencies, PUDs) authority to manage groundwater locally, with State oversight. All high and medium priority groundwater basins must be managed under a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The first step in the process is for the eligible local agencies to determine the make-up of the governance structure(s) in their groundwater basins. The governance agencies, known as Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) can be a single entity managing an entire basin or a combination of Agencies.

In Colusa County, we have two groundwater basins that are subject to SGMA - the Colusa subbasin which, after basin boundary modifications have taken place, spans portions of Colusa and Glenn Counties, and the West Butte subbasin which spans portions of Colusa, Glenn and Butte Counties. As is required by the Act, Colusa County is communicating with our neighboring counties and eligible local agencies in the two basins to determine the best governance structure for our area. GSAs must be formed in all high and medium priority groundwater basins by June 30, 2017.

GSA Interactive Map

SGMA Timeline

GSA Notifications: http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/gsa_table.cfm

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Click on the links below to view articles informational articles on SGMA from the local newspapers:

September 14, 2016 Colusa County SGMA Update
August 1, 2016 SGMA Implementation in Colusa County
July 25, 2016 GSAs, GSPs and PPAC
July 11, 2016 What is SGMA

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Local SGMA Planning and Implementation

Colusa County is working with other local agencies and stakeholders on a proactive approach to SGMA implementation. The County wants to be part of a partnership that implements SGMA the right way, ensures that we are regional and statewide leaders, and keeps our citizens ahead of the curve on groundwater management policies. County efforts to advance local SGMA implementation include:
  • Engaged with State officials in the early stages of legislation development
  • Applied for and received funding for Facilitation Support Services from the Department of Water Resources
  • Conducts ongoing outreach with local agencies and surrounding counties
  • Conducts ongoing public outreach, including informational public meetings
  • Funded a local groundwater study by Davids' Engineering, Inc. to gain a better understanding of local groundwater conditions, and shared this study with other local agencies and the public - view the presentation.
  • Applied for and received grant funding from Proposition 1 to develop a comprehensive county-wide groundwater monitoring and data management program that will be integrated into a local Groundwater Sustainability Plan
  • Dedicated Water Resources Staff to coordinate local SGMA Governance planning, SGMA implementation efforts and outreach activities
  • Developed a Private Pumper Advisory Committee to ensure that private pumpers are well represented in local SGMA planning and implementation efforts


Facilitation Support Services
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) approved a contract with the Center For Collaborative Policy (CCP) to work in Colusa County to facilitate a series of meetings that will keep local agencies moving forward with SGMA planning and implementation. The scope of work includes a series of Governance Working Group meetings with the GSA-eligible agencies in the county, as well as several public outreach meetings. Facilitators are also meeting one-on-one with the GSA-eligible agencies in Colusa County that are interested in participating in local governance.

Although individual landowners are not eligible to be a GSA, it is important that they stay informed and engaged in the planning process. It is especially important for groundwater users that are not part of a water district (private pumpers) to participate in SGMA planning. In an effort to ensure that private pumpers have a voice in planning, the Colusa County Groundwater Commission has put together a Private Pumper Advisory Committee.

While we work within Colusa County political boundaries on SGMA planning, Staff continues to communicate planning activities with Yolo County, Glenn County, and each of the other four counties involved in the Northern Sacramento Valley IRWM region (Butte, Tehama, Shasta, Sutter). 
 
Below you can find information and presentations from past meetings, as well as information on upcoming local meetings regarding SGMA.

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SGMA Meetings and Meeting Materials

UPCOMING SGMA MEETINGS:

GSA Workgroup Meeting #16
April 7, 2017
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Location to be determined

GSA Workgroup Meeting #17
April 21, 2017
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Colusa Industrial Properties
100 Sunrise Blvd., Colusa, CA 95932

GSA Workgroup Meeting #18
May 12, 2017
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Colusa Industrial Properties
100 Sunrise Blvd., Colusa, CA 95932

GSA Workgroup Meeting #19
May 23, 2017
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Colusa Industrial Properties
100 Sunrise Blvd., Colusa, CA 95932

GSA Workgroup Meeting #20
June 9, 2017
9:00-noon

Colusa Industrial Properties
100 Sunrise Blvd., Colusa, CA 95932

GSA Workgroup Meeting #21
June 20, 2017
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Colusa Industrial Properties
100 Sunrise Blvd., Colusa, CA 95932 
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PAST GSA WORKGROUP MEETINGS:

March 23, 2017
GSA Workgroup Meeting #15
Agenda | Handout - Draft JPA | Meeting Summary

This meeting was cancelled:

March 9, 2017
GSA Workgroup Meeting #14


March 8, 2017
Joint Colusa-Glenn GSA Workgroup Meeting #1
Agenda | Meeting Summary

February 23, 2017
GSA Workgroup Meeting #13
Agenda | Meeting Summary

February 9, 2017
GSA Workgroup Meeting #12
Agenda 
| Meeting Summary

January 27, 2017

GSA Workgroup Meeting #11

Agenda 
| Meeting Summary

January 17, 2017
Legal Review Subcommittee Meeting#1
Agenda | Meeting Summary

December 16, 2016
Governance Workgroup Meeting #10
Agenda | Meeting Summary

December 6, 2016
Governance Subcommittee Meeting #4
Agenda Packet | Meeting Summary

November 16, 2016
Governance Workgroup Meeting #9
Agenda | Back-up Materials | Meeting Summary

October 25, 2016, 9:00-noon
Governance Workgroup Meeting #8
Agenda | Meeting Summary

October 11, 2016
Governance Subcommittee Meeting #3

Agenda | Presentation (Surface Water District Draft Principles) | Meeting Summary

September 27, 2016
GSA Workgroup Meeting #7

Agenda | Meeting Summary

September 15, 2016
GSA Workgroup Subcommittee Meeting #2

AgendaPresentation (PPAC) | Meeting Summary

August 24, 2016
GSA Workgroup Meeting #6
Agenda | Meeting Summary

August 12, 2016
GSA Workgroup Subcommittee Meeting #1

Agenda | Meeting Summary

July 15, 2016
GSA Workgroup Meeting #5

Agenda 
Presentation (Grant Davids) | Contour Maps | LIA White Paper |
Meeting Summary

April 28, 2016
GSA Workgroup Meeting #4

Agenda |
Presentation L.I.A. - Updated | Meeting Summary

March 29, 2016
GSA Workgroup Meeting #3

Agenda | Presentation L.I.A. | Presentation GSA Roles | Meeting Summary

February 25, 2016
GSA Workgroup Group Meeting #2

Agenda | Presentation: Draft GSP Regs | Presentation: Governance | Meeting Summary

January 19, 2016
GSA Workgroup Group Meeting #1
Agenda | Presentation | Common Principles (Draft) | Meeting Summary

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PAST PUBLIC MEETINGS:

January 11, 2016
Public Meeting
Informational meeting for the public regarding SGMA.
Agenda | Presentation | Meeting Notes

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PAST PRIVATE PUMPER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
The PPAC is made up of members representing the "white areas" of Colusa County. These are groundwater-dependent areas of the county that are not covered by a water agency, or other GSA-eligible agency. PPAC members were chosen by the Colusa County Groundwater Commission.

Private Pumper Advisory Committee

January 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. - noon
Agenda 
| Meeting Summary

October 3, 2016
10:00-noon
Agenda 
| Meeting Summary

August 26, 2016
10:00 a.m. - noon
Agenda | Meeting Summary

June 22, 2016
10:00 a.m. - noon
Agenda | Meeting Summary

April 21, 2016
10:00 a.m. - noon
Agenda | Meeting Summary

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Colusa GSA Workgroup Documents

Helpful Information
GSP Regulations, Plan Contents, presentation by Bill Ehorn, DWR Northern Region Office

GSP Emergency Regulations
The California Water Commission approved the GSP Regulations presented by DWR at their May 18, 2016 meeting.

Domestic Well Users and SGMA Brochure from DWR and SWRCB

SGMA Legislation with 2015 Amendments

Designing Effective Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (UC Berkeley School of Law)
Executive Summary


Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Frequently Asked Questions

CA Department of Water Resources (DWR)
 
Sustainable Groundwater Management information:
http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/index.cfm

http://www.water.ca.gov/cagroundwater/

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
ACWA has prepared several resources including a fact sheet, FAQ, and implementation schedule to help member agencies understand the provisions of the new law as implementation moves forward: http://www.acwa.com/content/groundwater/groundwater-sustainability

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