Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Soquel Creek Water District is one of the partner agencies that comprise the Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA).


One of the key responsibilities of the MGA is to develop, adopt, and submit a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).  Because the Mid-County Groundwater Basin is in critical overdraft, the GSP is due to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) no later than January 31, 2020.

Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan

The Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Mid-County Groundwater Basin will be presented to the Board of Directors on July 18, 2019.

There will be an open public comment period from that date until the Public Hearing on September 19, 2019. The final GSP will be brought to the MGA Board in November for approval, after which it will be submitted to DWR. Once DWR has received the GSP, they will open up a 60 day period during which the public can provide comments about the GSP to DWR.

DRAFT Groundwater Sustainability Plan, July 2019  (42 MB, .pdf)

The Draft GSP is also downloadable by sections and can be accessed directly from the MGA website:

The MGA Board will receive the Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and open the public comment period. Written comments on the GSP are encouraged and can be submitted at this email address: 

Important Dates

(All meetings are 7pm–9pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center unless stated below)

  • July 18, 2019: MGA receives Draft GSP at Board Meeting and opens the MGA public comment period on the plan. 
  • July 20 & July 22, 2019: Public meetings for community members to learn more and comment (both meetings will have the same content). The July 20 Meeting is 10am-12pm at the Community Foundation at 7807 Soquel Drive in Aptos.
  • August 28, 2019: Q&A Session with MGA Staff 
  • September 19, 2019: Public meeting to discuss the Draft GSP and closes the MGA public comment period.