Your Voice Is Important, Get Involved
The most effective Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) are developed locally. If you are interested in, or may be affected by, how groundwater is managed in the Bear Valley Basin, we encourage you to participate in the GSP development. Here’s how you can participate:
The public will have an opportunity to provide public comment once the full Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) is drafted around April 2021. To be notified when the public comment period opens, subscribe for project alerts.
Stakeholder Workshop Details
We are committed to the safety and health of our community across all aspects of our stakeholder engagement experience. Accordingly, each of the workshops listed below will be offered virtually using Zoom Meetings. To ensure the security of the Zoom Meeting platform, registration is required to gain access to the Zoom Meeting details.
To participate, please register for each workshop individually using the links below. Upon registration, Zoom Meeting access details will be emailed to you. Registration helps us keep the Zoom Meeting secure. Following each workshop, the workshop recording and presentation slides will be published to this website.
Groundwater Management Vision
Held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 • 3:00pm-5:00pm via Zoom Meetings
In this virtual workshop, attendees helped create a shared vision for what a “sustainable Bear Valley Basin” means. To inform the interactive exercise, the project team gave an overview of the purpose of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in easy-to-understand terms. Next, they summarized key takeaways of the Basin Setting work completed to date, which describes the Basin’s unique geological makeup, historical groundwater use, potential challenges associated with groundwater management, and anticipated future groundwater use in the Basin. Further, they described the historical and current Water Budget. Stakeholder input documented in this workshop will be used to develop the guiding principles for the GSP and the Basin sustainability goal.
Sustainable Goal Setting
Held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 • 3:00pm-5:00pm via Zoom Meetings
In this virtual workshop, attendees weighed in to further inform the preliminary set of sustainability goals for the Basin. To inform the interactive exercises, the project team recapped the outcomes of Workshop #1, namely the Guiding Principles for the Basin. Next, they described the relevant requirements of SGMA, including the role of Sustainable Management Criteria, representative wells, minimum thresholds, measurable objectives. Stakeholder input documented in this workshop will inform relevant draft chapters of the GSP while also informing the third and final workshop.
The draft sustainability goals outlined in Workshop #2 are now open for public comment through January 5, 2021.
Projects and Management Actions
Date to Be Determined
WHAT TO EXPECT: In this virtual workshop, stakeholders will participate in a collaborative brainstorm to arrive at a preliminary set of projects and management actions that will be used over the next 20 years to equitably and cost-effectively maintain sustainable groundwater levels in the Basin. To inform the interactive exercises, the project team will recap (A) guiding principles stakeholders helped develop from Workshop #1, (B) the Basin Sustainability Goals, representative wells, sustainable management criteria, minimum thresholds and measurable objectives drafted following workshop #2, and (C) the criteria for projects and management actions that were captured in Workshop #2. Activities will surface considerations for distributing project costs equitably, and an implementation plan that keeps the approach flexible and on track. Stakeholder input documented in this workshop will inform relevant draft chapters of the GSP. A workshop recording and a public-facing summary of stakeholder input will be published to the GSA website following the workshop.