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FEBRUARY LUNCH MEETING: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation - Carolyn Berg, County of San Luis Obispo

California’s Central Coast Hydrologic Region relies on groundwater for approximately 80-percent of its water supply to serve rural, urban, agricultural, and environmental demands. San Luis Obispo County, one of six counties within this region, has 22 groundwater basins underlying 3,304 square miles of largely rural and agricultural lands. Historically, these groundwater basins have had no requirements to manage groundwater. However in January 2015, the State enacted its first major groundwater law –the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)—that requires local agencies to establish governance structures in order to sustainably manage groundwater resources, and to prepare and implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP).

Based on the State Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) 2014 Final Basin Prioritization, there are five high and medium priority groundwater basins mapped in San Luis Obispo County: Paso Robles (High), Santa Maria (High), Los Osos (High), San Luis Obispo (Edna) Valley (Medium), and Cuyama Valley (Medium). On January 13, 2015, the County Board of Supervisors adopted the SGMA Strategy and directed staff to implement the policy. The overarching strategy seeks to: “establish community focused Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) based on cooperative interagency and stakeholder relationships in order to comply with SGMA requirements.” It also describes specific actions such as seeking the maximum feasible funding through grant applications, supporting establishment of organizational agreements, and maximum feasible outreach to all potentially affected stakeholders.

Carolyn Berg, Senior Water Resources Engineer of County Public Works, will present an overview of the new SGMA law, and local efforts to comply with its requirements.

Rooster Creek Tavern
200 West Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Date & Time:
Thursday February 25, 2016 - 12:00 pm (noon)

Members and Guests $25* by RSVP Date ($30 at the door)
Students $10

*NOTE: The cost of lunch has increased to $25/person due to increasing restaurant prices.

We ask if you sign-up, please be sure to attend - some venues will charge the Branch for every seat we reserve, regardless of the actual attendance. If for any reason you will not be able to attend, please contact Kyle Martinez ahead of time to be removed from the guest list. If you have specific dietary restrictions or have questions, please contact Kyle Martinez.


1. The Burger on a brioche bun with lettuce, onion, tomato and your choice of honey mustard or garlic aioli (garden patty available)
2. Veggie Pizza with pesto sauce, artichoke hearts, red onion, sun dried tomato, basil & pine nuts
3. Blackened Fish Tacos with cabbage, pico de gallo, corn totillas, guacamole, cilantro lime creme fraiche

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Interested in sponsoring a future meeting? A $200 donation to our scholarship fund will also bring you recognition at the meeting and in our newsletter following the meeting. Please contact Liz Moody for more information.

ASCE Student Chapter
Cal Poly SCE meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings. All members of ASCE are invited and encouraged to attend. Please see the SCE website for information regarding special events and ongoing activities.

Click here for Student Chapter Website.




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