Gold Ridge RCD and the Santa Rosa Plain
Groundwater Sustainability Agency

*Why is Gold Ridge RCD involved?*

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In 2014, the state of California adopted The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 ("the Act" or "SGMA"). While the Act is a complex piece of legislation, its primary goals are: 
  • To ensure that the significant groundwater basins in California (those designated as high and medium priority by the Department of Water Resources) are "sustainably managed,"

  • To provide local groundwater agencies with the authority and the technical and financial assistance necessary to sustainably manage groundwater. 
To achieve its stated goal of sustainability, the Act requires that Groundwater Sustainability Agencies ("GSAs") be in place in each significant basin by June 30, 2017.  The GSAs are then required to adopt Groundwater Sustainability Plans ("GSPs") by January 31, 2022. 

There are three medium priority basins in Sonoma County: the Petaluma Basin, the Santa Rosa Plain Basin and the Sonoma Valley Basin.