County, groundwater district poised to adopt plan; public invited to two hearings

The Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District (SVGMD) and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors are poised to adopt the Sierra Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) next week. The public is encouraged to attend the adoption hearings on the GSP, as follows:

  • SVGMD Board of Directors meeting on Monday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Sierra Christian Church at 81059 Highway 70 in Beckwourth. More information about the meeting, agenda, and how to join virtually, please visit: https://www.sierravalleygmd.org/board-meetings
  • Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at 520 Main St., 3rd Floor Board Room, Quincy. More information about the meeting, agenda, and how to join virtually, please visit: http://plumascoca.suiteonemedia.com/web/Home.aspx

The submittal deadline of the adopted GSP to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is Jan. 31.

The Final Sierra Valley Subbasin GSP for adoption can be found on the SVGMD website at the link below or by visiting the Plumas County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office in the courthouse in Quincy: https://www.sierravalleygmd.org/gsp-documents

To track DWR’s review, refer to the DWR SGMA Portal GSP Status Summary page at: https://sgma.water.ca.gov/portal/gsp/status

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General questions may also be answered by reading DWR’s FAQ on public comenting on GSPs or by contacting the following SVGMD and County staff:

https://water.ca.gov/-/media/DWR-Website/Web-Pages/Programs/Groundwater-Management/Sustainable-Groundwater-Management/Groundwater-Sustainability-Plans/Files/GSP/GSP_Public_Comments_FAQs.pdf

Background

In 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a package of bills (Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319, and Assembly Bill 1739) collectively called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The intent of SGMA is to create a “framework for sustainable groundwater management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.”

The Sierra Valley groundwater basin is a medium-priority basin. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was made and entered into on Jan. 8, 2019 by and between the SVGMD and Plumas County to establish and facilitate a cooperative and ongoing working relationship between the County and the SVGMD, as co-Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, to develop a single Sierra Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).

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The purpose of the GSP is to ensure that “sustainable groundwater management” in the Sierra Valley Subbasin is achieved by 2042 and maintained at least until 2072. As required by SGMA, a Sustainability Goal must be developed to fulfill the regulations and culminate in the absence of undesirable results within the next 20 years. The overarching Sustainability Goal for groundwater management in the Sierra Valley Subbasin is:

To manage groundwater resources in a manner that best supports the long-term health of the people, the environment, and the economy of Sierra Valley into the future by avoiding significant and unreasonable impacts to environmental, domestic, agricultural, and industrial beneficial uses and users of groundwater.