Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Public Workshop: March 2, 2017

Thank you to all who participated in our recent public workshop: community members, local agencies, and political representatives.

The District looks forward to ongoing community involvement during the GSA / GSP process and will announce future events.

Link to the SGMA page on the District's web site for the video link or to learn more Click here for the presentation slides (PDF) Click ... read more

State Stands Firm on Water Conservation

(Santa Barbara, California, February 10, 2017).
“Extreme Drought” status still holds for most of Santa Barbara County, making it unique in the state. Despite voices from wetter counties clamoring for restrictions to be lifted, the State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to extend the current water conservation rules through September. While rain falls daily, ... read more

Montecito Water District Takes Action to Rescue Water as San Luis Reservoir Rises to Spill

(Santa Barbara, California, February 9, 2017) It has been one week since Montecito Water District moved to protect 7,000 acre feet of water stored in San Luis Reservoir through an exchange with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. It will likely be several more weeks before the effectiveness of the exchange can be determined, and the District is closely monitoring the situation while ... read more

Will Precious Water Spill?

(Santa Barbara, California, January 31, 2017) February 15th is now the projected spill date for San Luis Reservoir according to Ray Stokes, Executive Director of the Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA). Literally years of water supply is at stake for Santa Barbara County’s agencies that have taken costly precautions to ensure reliable delivery in the face of ongoing drought. Combined, approximately ... read more

Montecito Water District Jumpstarts Strategic Planning In January, 2017

(Santa Barbara, California, January 26, 2017) Montecito Water District was in the limelight prior to last November’s election, with a record-breaking drought to manage and two seats on the Board available. Elected Directors Floyd Wicks and Tobe Plough began their term of service in December, and along with incumbents Richard Shaikewitz (President), W. Douglas Morgan (Vice President), and Sam Frye, ... read more

District Acts to Protect Supplemental Water Supplies

A Special Board Meeting was held Monday, January 9. The Agenda was to inform Board Action for protection of District supplemental water supplies stored in San Luis Reservoir in the event of a possible or potential spill. Recent heavy rainfall in northern California has created an unprecedented situation. Action will be determined in the coming weeks, as the District researches alternatives and compares ... read more

Public Workshop on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation in the Montecito Groundwater Basin.

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 E Valley Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

For more information about SGMA, click here

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Montecito Water District: New Staff for 2017

The Montecito Water District starts the year with several new staff members, all with local and international experience.

Tom Sheil assumed the role of Business Manager on January 3, replacing Edward Lyons who accepted a position with Cachuma Operation and Maintenance Board (COMB). Mr. Sheil is responsible for the finance, accounting, data processing, and personnel functions of the District ... read more

Montecito Water District Prepares For 2017, Rain or Shine

END OF YEAR UPDATE
Montecito Water District Prepares For 2017, Rain or Shine (December 22, 2016)

The Montecito Water District is pleased to welcome two newly elected Directors to the Board. Floyd Wicks and Charles “Tobe” Plough joined incumbents Richard “Dick” Shaikewitz, Sam Frye, and W. Douglas Morgan, on December 20 for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. As the District ... read more

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

Statewide, agencies are being formed to provide for local, collaborative, and sustainable groundwater management. Montecito Water District is keeping pace, and has initiated the process to form a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) – with the goal of enhancing groundwater management capabilities in the Montecito Groundwater Basin. ... read more

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