The Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program, funded through the California's Department of Water Resources (DWR), provided funding for sustainable groundwater planning and implementation projects through a competitive grant solicitation process. Grant funding available for medium or high priority basins was capped at $2M per application and required a 25% local match.
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)
- Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Development ($533,530)
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.
Status as of April 2023:
Active - Network established, monitoring and sampling ongoing. Appropriate location (s) identified to fill data gaps and construction of monitoring well (s) scheduled.