Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Santa Clara River Valley East Subbasin
The Santa Clara River Valley (SCRV) East Subbasin is primarily located in the Santa Clarita Valley. Its western limit is near the Los Angeles-Ventura County Line and its eastern limit is generally along Highway 14. It includes the neighborhoods of Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Newhall, Saugus and Canyon Country.
Why Form a Groundwater Sustainability Agency?
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is a comprehensive package of three bills (AB 1739, SB1168 and SB 1319) that provides local water agencies with a framework for sustainable management of groundwater resources, but also empowers them to adopt groundwater management plans that are tailored to the resources and needs of their communities. The goal is to achieve sustainability within 20 years.
Good groundwater management will provide a buffer against drought and climate change, and contribute to reliable water supplies regardless of weather patterns. Santa Clarita depends on groundwater for a portion of its annual water supply, and sustainable groundwater management is essential to a reliable and resilient water system.
Timeframe for Formation
SGMA requires that locally-controlled groundwater sustainability agencies (GSA) be formed by June 30, 2017. The GSA will be responsible for developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan by 2022 that will achieve sustainability by 2042.
SCV Water, Los Angeles County Waterworks District #36 and others including the City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles are working together to explore forming a GSA for the Santa Clara River East Valley Subbasin.