Now Complete -- Salinas Valley GSA Joint Powers Authority Agreement
View: Salinas Valley GSA Joint Powers Authority Agreement (dated Dec. 13, 2016); Exhibit B; Exhibit C through F
County will get bill for groundwater agency
Monterey Herald, Jim Johnson – December 14, 2016
Monterey County Board of Supervisors and Salinas City Council Vote to Approve Salinas Valley GSA Joint Powers Authority Agreement
At a hearing on December 13, 2016, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of the proposed Salinas Valley groundwater sustainability agency. At a separate meeting on December 13, the City of Salinas City Council also voted in favor of the proposed groundwater sustainability agency.
DWR Announces Basin Boundary Modifications
Salinas Valley Basin Changes
Seaside/Corral de Tierra
In the Seaside / Corral de Tierra, the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District applied for a change is to mirror the Seaside adjudicated boundaries. DWR approved this boundary change.
Paso Robles Sub-Basin
In the Paso Robles sub-basin, Monterey County pursued a jurisdictional boundary change at the county line. DWR did not approve the boundary change. This means that Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County will need to coordinate groundwater sustainability management for the Paso Robles sub-basin. If each county forms a groundwater sustainability agency within its county, the two agencies will coordinate their plans for groundwater management.
Pajaro Valley Unmanaged Area
Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency indicated that they are willing to serve as the GSA for the portion of the Pajaro Valley Basin that is within their jurisdiction, which would leave the Potentially Un-Managed Area (PUMA) at the southern portion of the basin in flux. Discussions between MCWRA and DWR indicate that the northern boundary of the Pressure 180/400 sub-basin and Langley sub-basin boundaries were kept conterminous (i.e. sharing a boundary) with the southern boundary of the Pajaro Valley sub-basin; therefore, there is not a potentially un-managed area in the basin.
SGMA initially established the basin boundaries as defined in Bulletin 118, a comprehensive report on California groundwater resources that is periodically updated by DWR. A provision of SGMA, Water Code 10722.2, established a process for local agencies to request that DWR modify those boundaries to improve coordination and promote statewide sustainable groundwater management. The Draft Approved Basin Boundary Modifications was developed through DWR’s technical review of basin boundary modification requests and public comment made during the submission period, January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. Future basin boundary modification submission periods will likely be based on demand and coordinated with 5-year updates to Bulletin 118.
To discuss modification submissions please contact your DWR Region Office Representatives: South Central Region Office (Fresno) – Dane Mathis, Dane.Mathis@water.ca.gov