The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Gary Petersen, Salinas Public Works Director

The new SGMA law in 2014 requires all California groundwater basins to be returned to a sustainable condition. They will need to be maintained at levels reflective of natural rainfall. Initial plans are due within a year and will include projects that can be implemented within 20 years.

Critically over-drafted water basins in our area are the Soquel, Pajaro, and northern Salinas basins. Attaining sustainability of the Salinas River Basin is complicated and expensive. Gary Petersen is a leader and central figure in this process.

What are the issues and challenges and what will this mean for the Peninsula?

Judith Lehman Allan Mayfield Diane Cotton Jeanne Turner Ed Waggoner Myrleen Fisher Jay Roland

Will you come?