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California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) — signed into legislation in September 2014 — gives local agencies (cities, counties and water districts) powers to sustainably manage California’s groundwater over the long-term, and requires Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) be developed for medium- and high-priority groundwater basins.

So what does this mean for Sonoma County’s rural communities, farms, and dairylands’ representation?

The Petaluma Community Guild #851 and Hessel Grange #750 invite you to a public forum and discussion at the Hessel Grange Hall, including:

  • Future implications of the SGMA on Sonoma County’s farms and rural communities
  • Community discussion about how best to create the agency to manage the SGMA
  • Pros and cons of proposed multi-agency Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) for the Santa Rosa Plain, Sonoma Valley, and Petaluma Valley groundwater basins

This evening event will include a panel discussion and community dialogue with the following speakers:

  • Jay Jasperse – Sonoma County Water Agency
  • Kara Heckert – Sonoma Resource Conservation District
  • Rue Furch – Santa Rosa Groundwater Plain Basin Advisory Panel

For more information about the SGMA, click here.

Attendance is free, but registration is requested (click to register), to help us keep track of attendance estimates.

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