In 2016, a series of meetings with a “GSA Advisory Group,” which included representatives from all interested Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)-eligible agencies as well representatives from the agricultural community, were held. The agricultural representative groups included: the Solano County Farm Bureau, Solano County Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Dixon Resource Conservation District and the Solano Resource Conservation District. These meetings were held with the purpose of determining if a single GSA could be formed to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). This group worked to develop recommendations for what the GSA(s) would look like and how to best include agricultural representation. The recommendations were released for board and public review in October 2016 and discussed in December 2016 public input meetings. Ultimately, several GSAs were established, including the Solano GSA, City of Vacaville GSA, Sacramento County GSA, Solano Irrigation District GSA, and the Northern Delta GSA. Please contact the GSAs directly to find out about details on upcoming meetings you would like to attend.
These GSAs originally formed the Solano Subbasin GSA Collaborative (Solano Collaborative). Currently groundwater management involves five additional independent GSAs representing Reclamation District (RD) 3, RD 349, RD 554, RD 556, and RD 2111. With the involvement of all of the above GSAs, there are no unmanaged areas in the Subbasin
The Solano Collaborative has worked to develop a single Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Solano Subbasin to fulfill the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Upon completion of the GSP, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be executed to describe the governance and implementation of the GSP amongst the Collaborative.
Solano Collaborative Meeting Notes
What do GSAs do?
Coordination: GSAs need to coordinate with other local and regional agencies in their basin and neighboring basins.
Public Outreach & Stakeholder Engagement: GSAs are required to engage with interested stakeholders during GSP development and implementation.
GSP Development: Every medium and high priority basin is required to develop and implement one or more GSPs. If multiple GSPs are developed for the same basin, a coordination agreement will be required.
Monitoring & Reporting: Monitoring of groundwater levels and water quality is needed to track progress toward meeting the sustainability objectives of the GSP.
GSP Implementation: The GSP for the Solano Subbasin was due and submitted to DWR by Jan. 31, 2022. The subbasin should achieve sustainability by 2042.
Enforcement: The GSAs will need to enforce the provisions adopted in its GSP. It is up to the local GSAs, with the input of the local groundwater users and stakeholders, to determine what particular authorities and tools will be used to successfully achieve the GSP objectives.
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