Petaluma Valley GSA – Advisory Committee

This webpage provides information about the Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Advisory Committee. The Agency Board is responsible for these appointments.

Deadline and Submittal

Applications were due by July 31, 2017 by 11:59pm. Thank you for your interest. The application window has closed.

Advisory Committee Overview

The Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency is a newly formed public agency and its purpose is to secure groundwater sustainability for the Petaluma Valley groundwater basin. The agency has a governing board and an advisory committee. The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide input and recommendations to the Agency Board on groundwater sustainability plan development, implementation and policies. The intent of the committee is to provide community perspective and participation in the Agency. The composition of the Advisory Committee is intended to represent the beneficial uses and users of groundwater identified in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Terms will be two-years (after initial staggered terms), and interested individuals can apply to participate.

Each Member of the Agency will appoint a representative from staff or the community to the Advisory Committee, for a total of five members:

  1. City of Petaluma
  2. Sonoma County
  3. Sonoma County Water Agency
  4. Sonoma Resource Conservation District
  5. North Bay Water District

In addition, the Agency Board will appoint five interest-based members. This application is for these five interest-based seats:

  1. Rural residential well owner
  2. Business community representative
  3. Agricultural interest (surface water or GW user)
  4. Environmental representative
  5. At-large community representative (with a preference for someone who can represent disadvantaged community interests)


Members must live or work within the Petaluma Valley Groundwater Basin or represent an organization with a presence in Petaluma Valley Groundwater Basin, identified by the Department of Water Resources current Bulletin 118, to be eligible to participate.

The Board encourages entities and individuals within each interest group to work together to recommend a candidate to fill that interest’s seat. The Board will give strong consideration to appointing candidates that have the backing of multiple organizations or individuals within that interest group.

The Board encourages candidates with experience and familiarity with groundwater and its management. The Board will also give preference to applicants with experience working with diverse community-based groups.