Groundwater Sustainability Agency

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (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 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 GSA for Yuba County and has worked to develop a groundwater sustainability plan. 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.

Recent GSA Actions

Yuba Water Agency recently sent the City of Marysville, Wheatland and Yuba County "notice of intent to adopt a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) letters" alerting these entities, as required by SGMA, that the water agency plans to adopt the Yuba Subbasins GSP no sooner than 90 days from the date on the letter. This regulatory-required notice ensures that cities and counties within the area covered by the GSP are aware that a GSP is nearing completion and have an opportunity to provide input. Copies of each NOI are provided below.