Sonoma Valley GSA – Advisory Committee

Meetings

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency will take place Tuesday, October 24th, at 3:00 pm at the Valley of the Moon Water District board room, 19039 Bay Street, Sonoma. Please check back frequently for updates, as fire-related changes may occur. The agenda will be posted here closer to the meeting.

Purpose

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

Advisory Committee Overview

The Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency is a newly formed public agency and its purpose is to secure groundwater sustainability for the Sonoma 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).

Each Member of the Agency, as well as the Mutual Water & Public Utilities Commission-Regulated Companies, will appoint a representative from staff or the community to the Advisory Committee.

Eligibility

Members must live or work within the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Basin or represent an organization with a presence in Sonoma Valley Groundwater Basin, identified by the Department of Water Resources current Bulletin 118, to be eligible to participate. (NOTE: The Board may appoint one of the interest-based members from within the watershed, but outside of the Bulletin 118 boundary.)

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.