Water is vital to the economy, the environment, and the quality of life in Sacramento County. While this precious resource is visible every day in the American, Sacramento and Cosumnes Rivers, water underground is no less important, providing about half of the region’s water supply. Groundwater serves the needs of cities, farms and businesses and provides high quality drinking water to urban and rural residents, all while helping to sustain vital ecosystems. Learn more about the South American Groundwater Subbasin (SASb), how six Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) in the SASb are responding to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP), and how you can participate to promote the health and longevity of our shared and valued resource.
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Data Sources: DWR SGMA Data Viewer Available: https://sgma.water.ca.gov/webgis/?appid=SGMADataViewer#boundaries
Note: GSA boundaries subject to change
The South American Subbasin (DWR Bulletin 118, 5- 21.65) is a high priority subbasin within the larger Sacramento Valley Groundwater Basin. A majority of the SASb is surrounded by rivers including the American River on the northern boundary, the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers on the south, and the Sacramento River forming the western boundary. The eastern boundary is the only area not bounded by a river, located where the alluvial sediments of the groundwater basin give way to the foothills of the the Sierra Nevada. The SASb shares boundaries with five adjacent subbasins, the Yolo Subbasin to the northwest, Solano Subbasin to the west, North American Subbasin to the north, and the Eastern San Joaquin and Cosumnes Subbasins to the south.
In 2014, California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which requires the state’s high and medium priority groundwater basins to develop a GSP to achieve a sustainable regime that balances pumping and recharge and considers the needs of all water users. The change in water management laws has created new obligations for residents and water managers in the SASb. In accordance with SGMA, six Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) were formed, and under a collective Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Spring of 2020, GSAs agreed to develop one Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the SASb.
The SASb GSAs: The GSAs in the Subbasin are working together to meet SGMA requirements and will collaboratively prepare a single GSP by January 31, 2022. A GSP Working Group (WG) was established per the MOU to provide recommendations related to development of the SASb GSP. This GSPWG is comprised of representatives from five of the six GSAs within the Subbasin and follows a consensus-based decision-making structure, where each GSA representative receives an equal voice. The GSPWG will have regular coordination meetings to discuss GSP technical development and public outreach and engagement activities in order to prepare a GSP for ultimate adoption by the respective GSA Boards.
|Groundwater Sustainability Agencies||GSPWG Members||Date GSA Formed||GSPWB MOU|
|County of Sacramento||Linda Dorn
Kerry Schmitz (Alternate)
|April 11, 2017||MOU|
|Northern Delta||Erik Ringelberg Chris Thomas (Alternate)||Various||MOU|
|Omochumne-Hartnell Water District||Mike WackmanMark Stretars Mark Wilson (Alternate)||April 24, 2016||MOU|
|Reclamation District #551||N/A||June 13, 2017|
|Sacramento Central Groundwater Authority||Todd Eising
|July 21, 2016||MOU|
|Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District||Austin Miller
Herb Garms (Alternate)
|April 25, 2016||MOU|
The GSPWG agreed to Partnership Commitment principles for engagement and operation that are intended to provide a framework of commitments among the members to work collaboratively, efficiently, and with the necessary dedication to promote the development, adoption and submission of a SMGA compliant GSP by the statutory deadline of January 31, 2022.
The GSPWG is responsible for:
The GSA Boards: The respective GSA’s Boards assigned their GSPWG members to work on the day to day development of the GSP and stakeholder communication and engagement. The GSA Boards are responsible for:
Stakeholders: Collectively the stakeholders include the public, interested parties, and adjacent basins as further detailed in Outreach. Stakeholders play an important role in the successful development of the GSP. The stakeholders will have opportunities to comment and provide input into the GSP before key milestone decisions are acted on by the respective GSA Boards. Stakeholders are encouraged to:
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