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.

GSA NEXT BOARD MEETING: June 24, 2020 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

SGMA Email Updates

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

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On Proposed Groundwater Sustainability Agency Parcel Fee

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at 583 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 to consider the adoption of a parcel fee based on acreage.

If California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20 has not been rescinded or modified to allow for public gathering or in-person participation (due to COVID-19), remote participation information will be posted at the above location, on this website (montecitogsa.com), and available by calling 805-324-4207.

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