Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Basin

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Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)

The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is a public agency formed to sustainably manage groundwater in the Santa Rosa Plain groundwater basin. The agency was formed in June 2017 and has a governing board, an administrator and an advisory committee.

The Santa Rosa Plain GSA is governed by an eight-member board:

Santa Rosa Plain GSA Board of Directors

Chairwoman Lynda Hopkins Sonoma County Water Agency
Vice-Chairman Tom Schwedhelm City of Santa Rosa
Director Joe Dutton Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District
Director Susan Harvey City of Cotati
Director Mark Millan Town of Windsor
Director Walt Ryan Sonoma Resource Conservation District
Director Pam Stafford City of Rohnert Park
Director Shirlee Zane Sonoma County
Alternate, Susan Gorin Sonoma County Water Agency & County of Sonoma
Alternate, Chris Rogers City of Santa Rosa
Alternate, Mel Sanchietti Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District
Alternate, Mark Landman City of Cotati
Alternate, Deborah Fudge Town of Windsor
Alternate, John Nagle Sonoma Resource Conservation District
Alternate, Jake Mackenzie City of Rohnert Park

The Board meets at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month. Meeting dates through June 2018 are: August 10, 2017; October 12, 2017; December 14, 2017; February 8, 2018; April 12, 2018; June 14, 2018

The regular meeting location is the Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater 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.

Contracted Staff

Gold Ridge Resources Conservation District executive director Brittany Jensen serves as the interim administrator, through a contract with the Santa Rosa Plain GSA. The administrator oversees scheduling and staffing board and advisory committee meetings, the budget, contracts and day-to-day functioning of the GSA. To contact Brittany Jensen, email groundwater@goldridgercd.org.

Through a contract with the GSA, the Water Agency provides technical services to develop the Groundwater Sustainability Plan. The Water Agency also provides grant writing and outreach and communication services for the GSA. For questions on technical issues, email jay.jasperse@scwa.ca.gov. For questions on outreach and communications, contact ann.dubay@scwa.ca.gov or 524-8378.

2017 Public Meetings

October 12 Meeting is Cancelled due to the fires
Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency Board Meeting
October 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m. 

Location: City of Santa Rosa, Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

 

Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency Board Meeting
August 10, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Location: City of Santa Rosa, Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

July 27, 2017, 3 p.m.
Location: City of Santa Rosa, Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

SGMA allows for GSAs to enter into agreements with mutual water companies and water companies that are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In Santa Rosa Plain, a group of mutual and PUC-regulated water companies have developed a Memorandum of Understanding that spells out how they will work together to have representation on the Santa Rosa Plain GSA. In addition, the joint powers authority that created the Santa Rosa Plain GSA allows for one representative of this group of mutual and PUC-regulated water companies to participate on the GSA board, as long as the group pays its share of GSA costs.

On Thursday, July 27, 3 p.m., the group of mutual and PUC-regulated water companies is holding a public meeting at the Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Drive.

 

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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