Ag Innovations supports the Solano Subbasin to develop and implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). In 2014, SGMA established a framework for sustainable groundwater management for the first time in California’s history. As described below, we worked with the Solano Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Collaborative on governance and development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). In 2022, the Solano Subbasin developed a collaborative, holistic Groundwater Sustainability Plan. Ag Innovation provided facilitation support to the GSA Collaborative as they developed the GSP and provided community engagement services that aim to generate widespread support of the development and implementation of the GSP.
We continue to provide facilitation and community engagement services to generate widespread support of the GSP and the overall efforts to steward groundwater resources. Our efforts include maintaining the GroundwaterGuide website in Spanish and engaging communities that depend on groundwater in the Solano Subbasin.
Governance and engagement: The first step in implementing SGMA was to develop one or more Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) – legal entities responsible for developing a Groundwater Sustainability plan. The formation of the Solano Subbasin GSA Collaborative included two interrelated processes: designing and implementing an appropriate governance approach, and engaging groundwater users and other stakeholders to ensure that their concerns and interests were included in the GSA formation of the five GSAs that form the Solano subbasin GSA Collaborative required two interrelated processes: the convening of GSA-eligible agencies to identify and implement an appropriate governance approach, and the engagement of groundwater users and other stakeholders to ensure that their concerns and interests were included in the GSA formation process.
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