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Published on Oct 1, 2019
This is a recording of the Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency's Board of Directors meeting held on 26 September 2019. To view the agenda packet for this meeting or learn more about the agency, please visit www.smgwa.org.
The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency (SMGWA) is a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) located in Santa Cruz County, California that was formed as a Joint Powers Authority in June 2017. It has three member-agencies: Scotts Valley Water District (SVWD), San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD), and the County of Santa Cruz (County) and is governed by a Board of Directors comprising of two representatives from each member agency, one representative from City of Scotts Valley, one from City of Santa Cruz, one from Mount Hermon Association (MHA) and two private well owner representatives. The Board of Directors holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. The staffing support and funding for the agency is provided by member agencies.
Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, overdrafted groundwater basins need to be sustainably managed by a GSA through the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The GSP must be completed by 2022, and the basin must reach sustainability by 2042.