Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)

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Map of aquifers under the authority of the SVBGSA. Photo from [2][1]

A organizational summary, by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


The Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA) was created in 2017 under the SGMA with the mission of creating and implementing a sustainable groundwater management plan by 2020 to achieve sustainable groundwater use by 2040.[2]


The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act required that every basin of high- to medium-risk create a Sustainable Groundwater Plan (SGP) by June 30th, 2017. In the case of the Salinas Valley Basin that resulted in the creation of the SVBGSA. Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Each member gets one vote. For routine decisions a majority is needed (6 votes) and a super majority (8 votes) is needed to approve the groundwater sustainability plan (GSP), annual budgets, regulations, and fees.[3]


The SVBGSA is a self-funded agency that plans to seek its funding primarily through grants and other funding opportunities. Funding will also come from fees assesed by the agency under existing laws for public agencies.


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