Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Basin

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GSA Board and Advisory Committee

The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency is a newly formed public agency and its purpose is to secure groundwater sustainability for the Santa Rosa Plain 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.

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

2017 Public Meetings

June 1, 2017, 5:30pm
Location: City of Santa Rosa, Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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.


April 3, 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

July 11, 2016
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 Public Meetings

December 9, 2015
In November and December of 2015, public workshops were held to review the new SGMA 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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Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Baisn Working Group

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

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

Currently drafting a joint powers authority document.

The most recent SRP staff recommendations can be found here.

Gina Bartlett

(415) 271-0049



  • Facilitator, Consensus Building Institute: Gina Bartlett
  • City of Santa Rosa: Jennifer Burke, Rocky Vogler, Molly Dillon (counsel)
  • City of Rohnert Park: Mary Grace Pawson
  • City of Cotati: Craig Scott
  • City of Sebastopol: Henry Mikus
  • Town of Windsor: Toni Bertolero, Elizabeth Cargay
  • Mutual Water Companies/PUC Regulated: Evan Jacobs (Cal-Am), Jim Downey (Penngrove)
  • 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 for SCWA and County)