DATE: JANUARY 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GSA Formation Work Group
Dirk Marks, Castaic Lake Water Agency (661) 297-1600
UPCOMING STAKEHOLDER FORUM ON
GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY FORMATION
FOR THE SANTA CLARA RIVER VALLEY EAST SUBBASIN
Public Invited to Participate in Upcoming Stakeholder Forum
The public is invited to participate in a stakeholder forum to learn about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and provide input regarding the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Santa Clara River Valley East Subbasin, which underlies most of the Santa Clarita Valley. The meeting will be held on Jan. 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sycamore Rooms of The Centre, which is located at 20880 Centre Point Parkway in Santa Clarita.
The stakeholder forum will include the following:
- Representatives from the Center for Collaborative Policy will provide an overview of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and share results from stakeholder interviews.
- Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation Work Group members will provide brief overviews of their organizations as they relate to groundwater.
- The public will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and groundwater in the Santa Clara River Valley East Subbasin and provide input on the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Santa Clara River Valley East Subbasin
It is important for residents to note that this is not the same discussion as the current proposal to form a new water district between Castaic Lake Water Agency and Newhall County Water District. The creation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency is an entirely separate and required action.
About the GSA Formation Work Group:
The GSA Formation Work Group consists of Castaic Lake Water Agency, CLWA Santa Clarita Water Division, Los Angeles County Waterworks District #36, Newhall County Water District, Valencia Water Company and others including the City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles. The group is facilitated by a neutral mediator from the Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University Sacramento through a grant provided by the California Department of Water Resources.
About the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act:
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) empowers local agencies to adopt groundwater management plans that are tailored to the resources and needs of their communities. Good groundwater management will provide a buffer against drought and climate change, and contribute to reliable water supplies regardless of weather patterns. California depends on groundwater for a major portion of its annual water supply, and sustainable groundwater management is essential to a reliable and resilient water system. www.water.ca.gov/cagroundwater/