DISCOVERY BAY CSD IS A GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY
The 2014 Sustainability Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) requires Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (“GSAs”) in high- and medium-priority basins to develop and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (“GSP”). The intent of SGMA is for groundwater to be managed by local public agencies and GSAs to ensure a groundwater basin is operated within its sustainable yield through the development and implementation of a GSP.
On April 5, 2017, the Discovery Bay Community Services District became a GSA and on May 9, 2017 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with seven other east Contra Costa GSAs to work together in the development of a GSP. See the MOU here: https://www.eccc-irwm.org/Files/SGMA_ECCGSA_FinalMOU-signed.pdf
On September 11, 2018, application was made to the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) to split the Tracy Subbasin along the Contra Costa – San Joaquin County Line (Basin Boundary Modification request). On February 11, 2019, DWR approved the modification request. Discovery Bay groundwater is located in the newly designated “East Contra Costa Subbasin.” The East Contra Costa Subbasin is designated a “medium-priority” basin.
The East Contra Costa Subbasin GSAs will provide periodic updates on the development of a GSP. A website (https://www.eccc-irwm.org/about-sgma) contains the latest news, past GSA meeting minutes, SGMA documents and reports, and a link to add your name to the interested parties list.
The Town of Discovery Bay encourages ongoing public comment at our Board of Directors and at our Water/Wastewater Committee meetings concerning our GSA activities. We would like to have your input and comments on the development of the GSP. Board of Directors and Committee meeting dates, times and agendas are located at: https://www.todb.ca.gov/agendas-minutes
On July 9, 2020, a virtual public workshop was held to discuss formation of the ECC Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan. View the video at: https://vimeo.com/439058233
To learn more about SGMA visit https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Groundwater-Management/SGMA-Groundwater-Management/Groundwater-Sustainability-Plans