Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
While the Yuba Water Agency has long been a steward of groundwater resources in Yuba County, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), enacted by legislation in 2014 for the first time in California history, requires the adoption of groundwater sustainability plans that are tailored to the resources and needs of their communities. Proper groundwater management helps provide a buffer against drought and climate change, and contributes to reliable water supplies regardless of weather patterns.
Groundwater Sustainability Agencies
SGMA requires the formation of local groundwater sustainability agencies (GSA) to assess conditions in their local water basins and adopt management plans based on those assessments. It protects existing surface water and groundwater rights and does not impact current drought response measures.
Any local agency or combination of local agencies overlying a groundwater basin with certain powers may be elected as a GSA for that basin. SGMA sets forth the procedures a local agency must follow to become a GSA.
On August 11, 2015, the Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors passed and adopted a resolution electing to become a GSA.
Yuba Water Agency has taken the necessary steps to be a recognized groundwater sustainability agency for Yuba County and is working on the development of a groundwater sustainability plan and potentially basin boundary modifications (PDF). Yuba Water Agency’s long history of cooperating and coordinating with various stakeholders in developing and implementing its groundwater management policies, actions, and programs demonstrates that, as the GSA, it is capable of considering and protecting the numerous and diverse groundwater interests in the North Yuba and South Yuba subbasins.
Groundwater Sustainability Committee
The Groundwater Sustainability Committee (GSC) provides guidance for sustainable groundwater management and is supporting the development of a single, coordinated Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for both Yuba subbasins. When Yuba Water Agency notified the state that it intended to be a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) in 2015, the agency also created the GSC to be the entity to support the Yuba Water Agency Board of Directors for sustainable groundwater management.
The GSC members, other stakeholders, and the general public are invited to the GSC meetings to review and support the development and implementation of the North and South Yuba Subbasin GSP. The GSC reviews recent and historical groundwater data, models, and planning sections for the development of recommendations to the Yuba Water Agency Board for final approval of the GSP. The two additional GSAs within the North Yuba Subbasin are also members of the GSC and have agreed to participate in all GSC meetings and workshops for the development of a single, coordinated North and South Yuba Subbasin GSP.
June 19, 2019 GSC meeting agenda, presentation materials and notes
- June 19, 2019 GSC meeting agenda (PDF)
- Yuba County groundwater conditions update - June 19, 2019 (PDF)
- Water budget overview - June 19, 2019 (PDF)
- June 19, 2019 committee meeting notes (PDF)
The next Groundwater Sustainability Committee meeting will be held on Aug. 21, 2019 at the Yuba County Government Center (Wheatland and Marysville conference rooms), from 9 to 11 a.m.