Soquel-Aptos Groundwater Management Committee (now the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency and previously referred to as Basin Implementation Group)
The Soquel-Aptos Groundwater Management Committee (SAGMC) was a group composed of two elected officials from the City of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, Central Water District, and Soquel Creek Water District as well as three private well representatives, formed with the end goal of managing the basin under the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
In order to become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and manage the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Basin, the SAGMC needed to form a new agency with the power to plan for and implement the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) required under SGMA. The group chose to come together as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), with two members of the governing boards of each agency serving on the board of the new organization along side three private well representatives. Once all four agencies signed on to the JPA, the Basin Implementation Group and the SAGMC were formally dissolved, and on March 17, 2016, the group had its first formal meeting as the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA). For more information on the new agency, including maps, agendas, board packets, and ways to stay informed and get involved, please click HERE or visit www.midcountygroundwater.org
Focus for 2015-2016
In 2015 and early 2016, the work of the Soquel-Aptos Groundwater Management Committee focused on:
- Addressing the new state legislation - Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed in September 2014, focusing first on the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency
- Preparing an Annual Report of the Status of the Groundwater Basin for WY 2014 as an update to the 2007 AB3030 Groundwater Management Plan.
- Developing a Groundwater Model of the Soquel-Aptos Area
- Considering to conduct a geophysical investigation to better identify locations of the seawater/freshwater interface
- Recommending joint projects to the respective governing bodies which are of regional benefit e.g. recharge within shared portions of the basin, etc.
The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency will continue this work.
- 1995 Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA)
- First Amendment, Second Amendment, and Third Amendment