***GSP Public Hearing December 9, 2021, 12:30 p.m.***

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Tentative Final GSP 

The GSP Development team and Board of Directors has carefully reviewed comments received during the draft GSP public comment period.  Responses to comments have been developed and the draft GSP was updated based on the comments.  The Tentative Final GSP is available via the links provided below. The UVRGA Board of Directors will hold a public hearing prior to receive and consider further comments prior to adopting the Tentative Final GSP.  The date and time for the GSP Public Hearing is December 9, 2021, 12:30 p.m. (please see link above for public hearing notice).    Thank you very much for your continued interest!

UVRGA Tentative Final GSP – Text  

UVRGA Tentative Final GSP  – Figures

UVRGA Tentative Final GSP  – Tables 

UVRGA  Tentative Final GSP – Appendix A – H 

UVRGA  Tentative Final GSP – Appendix I – T 

 

 

 

GSP Comment Responses

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GSP Edits Made Pursuant to Comments  

The GSP Development team has carefully reviewed all comments received during the draft GSP public comment period.  A detailed comment response table has been prepared and the draft GSP has been updated based on the comments.  The comment responses and redline edits are provided via the links below.  The UVRGA Board of Directors will hold a public hearing prior to adopting the GSP to receive and consider further comments prior to adopting the GSP.   Thank you very much for your continued interest!

UVRGA Draft GSP – Text Redline Edits 

UVRGA Draft GSP  – Figures (only new figures or figures with substantial changes)

UVRGA Draft GSP  – Tables (only new tables or tables with substantial changes)

UVRGA  Draft GSP – Appendix G GSP Comments and Responses

UVRGA  Draft GSP – Appendix I Time Series Plots of Groundwater Quality

UVRGA  Draft GSP – Appendix O Riparian Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Assessment – Redline

UVRGA  Draft GSP – Appendix P Riparian Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Assessment – Redline

 

 

Draft GSP 

***Public Comment Period is Closed***

The draft GSP is available via the links below.  UVRGA accepted comments on draft GSP between August 10 and October 8, 2021. Thank you to those of you who commented on the GSP  UVRGA will be preparing a final GSP for adoption no later than January 31, 2022.  Thank you very much for your continued interest!

UVRGA Draft GSP – Text 

UVRGA Draft GSP  – Figures

UVRGA Draft GSP  – Tables

UVRGA  Draft GSP – Appendices A-I

UVRGA  Draft GSP – Appendices J-T

The final draft GSP will include substantial revisions to the degraded water quality sustainable management criteria.  For more information, please review:

Draft GSP Comments (listed in order received)

Edward Johnson, Member of Public  9-4-21

Bert Rapp, Ventura River Water District 9-24-21

California Department of Fish & Wildlife 10-5-21

NGO Consortium 10-8-21

County of Ventura 10-8-21

Surfrider 10-8-21

City of Ventura 10-8-21

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper 10-8-21

Casitas Municipal Water District 10-14-21

 

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Overview


In September of 2014, the California Legislature enacted comprehensive legislation aimed at strengthening local control and management of groundwater basins throughout the state. Known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the legislation provides a framework for sustainable management of groundwater supplies by local authorities, with a limited role for state intervention when necessary to protect the resource.

For the first time in California, groundwater will have to be managed to protect the long-term reliability of the resource.

SGMA technically applies to all 515 groundwater basins and subbasins in California, but it is only the 127 high- and medium-priority basins that are required to develop groundwater sustainability plans. The Upper Ventura River Groundwater Basin has been ranked a medium-priority basin.

Key Implementation Dates

SGMA lays out a process and a timeline for local authorities to achieve sustainable management of groundwater basins.

  • June 30, 2017: Local groundwater sustainability agencies formed.
  • January 31, 2020: Groundwater sustainability plans adopted for critically overdrafted basins.
  • January 31, 2022: Groundwater sustainability plans adopted for high- and medium-priority basins not currently in overdraft. (The Upper Ventura River Basin is a medium-priority basin.)
  • 20 years after adoption: All high- and medium-priority groundwater basins must fully implement their sustainability plans and achieve the sustainability goal.

GSP Planning Schedule

GSP Sustainability Goal-Adopted 8/13/2020

GSP Template

Tools and Authorities

SGMA provides local GSAs with the tools and authority to:

  • Require registration of groundwater wells
  • Manage extractions
  • Assess fees to implement groundwater management plans
  • Request revisions of basin boundaries

Creation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans

Groundwater sustainability plans must outline measurable objectives and interim milestones to achieve the sustainability goal for the basin within a 20-year time frame. Plans need to include a physical description of the basin, including groundwater levels, groundwater quality, subsidence, and groundwater-surface water interaction; data on historical and projected water demands and supplies; and monitoring and management provisions.

In addition, plans must consider:

• Integration with local county and city general plans;

• Whether or not the hydrologic connection between adjacent basins affects the ability of those basins to reach sustainable          groundwater management; and

• The interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater, including overlying property owners, municipal well owners, public water systems, local land use agencies, environmental users, surface water users, the federal government, Native American tribes in California, disadvantaged communities, and listed monitoring entities.

Definition of Sustainability

“Sustainability” in SGMA is defined as:

The management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.

“Undesirable results” is defined as:

One or more of the following effects caused by groundwater conditions occurring throughout the basin:

  1. Chronic lowering of groundwater levels indicating a significant and unreasonable depletion of supply if continued over the planning and implementation horizon. Overdraft during a period of drought is not sufficient to establish a chronic lowering of groundwater levels if extractions and recharge are managed as necessary to ensure that reductions in groundwater levels or storage during a period of drought are offset by increases in groundwater levels or storage during other periods.
  2. Significant and unreasonable reduction of groundwater storage.
  3. Significant and unreasonable seawater intrusion.
  4. Significant and unreasonable degraded water quality, including the migration of contaminant plumes that impair water supplies.
  5. Significant and unreasonable land subsidence that substantially interferes with surface land uses.
  6. Depletions of interconnected surface water that have significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of the surface water.

Final Data Quality Control Review Procedure Adopted 9-13-18

UVRGA Monitoring Protocols – Adopted 9-13-18

“The groundwa
Final Data Quality Control Review Procedure Adopted 9-13-18ter sustainability agency shall consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater, as well as those responsible for implementing groundwater sustainability plans.”
Section 10723.2 of SGMA

More SGMA Information

California’s SGMA Website
Assoc. of Calif. Water Agencies Info:
Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions 
Deadlines
Brochure
Summary of the Act
SGMA Handbook (Water Education Foundation)
Stakeholder Meeting Presentation
SGMA Definitions

 

“The groundwater sustainability agency shall consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater, as well as those responsible for implementing groundwater sustainability plans.”

Section 10723.2 of SGMA

 

 

GSP Comment/Question Form

 

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