Grant Funded Projects

The Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program, funded through the California's Department of Water Resources (DWR), provides funding for sustainable groundwater planning and implementation projects through a competitive grant solicitation process. Grant funding is only available for medium or high priority basins and is capped at $2M per application. The grant requires a 25% local match.

DWR completed its review of grant applications and released its final grant award list for Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program Planning Round 3 on March 13, 2020. The Montecito GSA was awarded its total requested amount of $2,171,205 of which the local match is approximately 25%, or $544,000.

Here is a summary list of projects funded. Additional information on specific projects can be found below:

  • Seawater Intrusion Monitoring ($198,704)
  • Basin Numerical Model ($167,400)
  • Well Metering Program ($238,556)
  • Surface Water Flow Gage ($199,100)
  • Monitoring Well Construction ($722,317)
  • Grant Administration ($110,000)
  • GSP Development ($533,530)
Seawater Intrusion Monitoring


The purpose of this project is to determine the presence or lack of seawater intrusion within the Montecito Groundwater Basin. This will be accomplished by the monitoring of groundwater level and quality in several pre-existing wells in the Basin, located near the coastline to monitor for minimum thresholds related to groundwater levels and quality


Use four to six pre-existing wells (private and district owned) as a monitoring network for seawater intrusion. These wells will be used to assess existing and potential sea water intrusion risk and will be used as monitoring points for minimum thresholds related to groundwater levels and quality. Laboratory analysis will be conducted quarterly for a period of approximately 3 years.

Basin Numerical Modeling
Well Metering Program
Surface Water Flow Gage Installation
Monitoring Well Construction