CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SAFETY:  MONTECITO GSA is focused on ensuring continued operations while modifying the way we work to protect the public and our staff. Public meetings will continue as scheduled with the opportunity for remote attendance. Click here for more information.

Sustainable Groundwater Management

Illustration of groundwater

Groundwater is underground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand, and rock. It is stored in, and moves slowly through, geologic formations called aquifers.

The State of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) legislated in 2014 recognizes that: Groundwater provides a significant portion of California’s water supply and that Groundwater resources are most effectively managed at the local or regional level.

Established in 2018, Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency is the official local agency responsible for developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the basin.

Community Involvement is Encouraged! The groundwater sustainability agency shall consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater.

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 9:25 a.m.
NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED GSA BOARD MEETING: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 9:30 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, for public health and safety teleconferencing is now required for all public meetings. Instructions can be found in the agenda.

Standing Board Meeting Time is Quarterly (January, April, July, October) Second Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

Current Board Agenda

For More Meetings and Agendas click here

SGMA Email Updates

Sign up here for SGMA email updates and you will be added to the  Stakeholder and Interested Parties list.


Now soliciting proposals from qualified consultants to provide technical and construction services related to the construction of several groundwater monitoring wells within the Montecito Groundwater Basin (Basin).
Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 3rd, 2021.


Montecito GSA is actively seeking well owners to participate in a grant-funded well metering program.
The private well metering program is voluntary, free, and the data obtained will remain confidential.
Private well owners from sectors such as residential, agricultural, hospitality, and community institutions are already enrolling. For more info please call: 805.324.4207