Petaluma Valley Groundwater Basin

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GSA Board and Advisory Committee

The Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is a proposed public agency and its purpose is to secure groundwater sustainability for the Petaluma Valley groundwater basin. The proposed agency structure has a governing board, an administrator and an advisory committee.

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.

Advisory Committee terms will be two-years, and interested individuals can apply to participate.

Petaluma Valley Groundwater Basin Working Group

All members of the working groups come together regularly to discuss issues relevant to all basins.

Working Group Issues Contact
Petaluma Valley Focusing on governance issues, including GSA board composition, powers & voting; advisory group composition, roles and responsibilities; and funding.

The most recent PV staff recommendations can be found here.

Gina Bartlett

(415) 271-0049



  • Facilitator, Consensus Building Institute: Gina Bartlett
  • City of Petaluma: Dan St. John, Leah Walker
  • North Bay Water District: Tito Sasaki
  • Sonoma Resource Conservation District: Kara Heckert
  • County of Sonoma: Peter Bruland, Sandi Potter
  • Sonoma County Water Agency: Jay Jasperse, Marcus Trotta, Ann DuBay, Pete Parkinson (consultant), Cory O’Donnell (counsel)

2017 Public Meetings

June 22, 2017, 5:30pm
Location: Petaluma Community Center – 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
Public hearings are scheduled to consider designating three local agencies to be responsible for ensuring groundwater is available now and into the future. The meetings will also include the election of the GSA officers, administration of the GSAs, and the advisory committee process. The hearings will be held on June 1 for the Santa Rosa Plain basin; June 8 for the Sonoma Valley basin; and June 22 for Petaluma Valley basin.

March 23, 2017
A final round of community meetings on GSA formation were held in March and April of 2017. The meetings included a brief overview of SGMA requirements, followed by a description of the recommended governance structure of the proposed new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) in that basin.


2016 Public Meetings

August 17, 2017
Public Workshops were held in the summer of 2016 for each basin. The focus of the workshops was on receiving input from the public on the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA).  GSA-eligible agencies have agreed conceptually on one GSA and one Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) per basin.


2015 Meetings

November 9, 2015
In November and December of 2015, public workshops were held in Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley to review the new law, why it’s needed, how it affects Sonoma County, and to discuss the formation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. Below is the workshop agenda, plus meeting summaries and presentations.


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