Sustainable Groundwater Management
For many decades, the San Benito County Water District (SBCWD) has been a steadfast steward of groundwater resources in San Benito County, actively managing the groundwater basins to protect water quality and maintain a reliable and sustainable water supply. For SBCWD and other water agencies, it’s getting more and more difficult to ensure long-term groundwater sustainability, with climate variability, growth in both urban and agricultural land use, changes in types of agricultural uses, availability and cost of imported water, and other factors.
To assist water agencies like SBCWD in meeting these significant groundwater challenges, the state-wide Sustainable Groundwater Management Act was passed in 2014. This law outlines new requirements and tools for ensuring the long-term sustainability of these critical sources of water supply.
Preparation of the GSP document is underway. The GSP process—involving preparation and review of draft document sections and technical memoranda—will be introduced in a community workshop scheduled for November 14.
See http://www.sbcwd.com/community-involvement/ for more details on the workshop.
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been organized. This group of individuals—representing environmental, technical, agricultural, and land use planning fields—will assist in reviewing and contributing to the technical aspects of the GSP. An initial meeting of the TAC was convened on August 15, 2018.
See: http://www.sbcwd.com/community-involvement/ for more information.
The San Benito County Water District has been approved to become the GSA for the Tres Pinos Valley basin. It is also filing an application to consolidate the Bolsa, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and Tres Pinos Valley basins into one basin, to provide continuity from comprehensive, historical groundwater management, and support the transition to cost-effective sustainable management. A State decision on the proposed basin consolidation is expected this fall.