Sustainable Management of the Montecito Groundwater Basin


Montecito Groundwater Basin Ranked "Medium-Priority" in DWR's 2018 Draft Prioritization


On Friday, May 18, the DWR Sustainable Groundwater Management Program released a draft prioritization of groundwater basins as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Under the 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization, 14 basins previously ranked as low- or very-low are now ranked as high- or medium-priority. Included are Montecito Groundwater Basin, now ranked medium-priority, and Carpinteria Groundwater Basin, now ranked high-priority.


Additionally, 38 basins previously ranked as high or medium-priority are now ranked as low- or very-low priority and are no longer subject to SGMA. Draft prioritization results can be viewed using DWR’s newly developed visual application tool, the 2018 Prioritization Dashboard.


DWR will hold a public webinar May 30 to present the draft results, followed by statewide public meetings at the end of June. DWR will be taking public comments on the draft results, including additional data or information that is consistent with statewide datasets identified in the Basin Prioritization Process and Results Document. For more information, please refer to the 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization Frequently Asked Questions.


The 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization is scheduled to be finalized by fall 2018 after a 60 day public comment period that starts today and runs through July 18, 2018.


For more information or to submit a comment, please visit:


When the 2018 SGMA Basin Prioritization is made final, the basins newly subject to SGMA must form Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) within two years and develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) within five years, or submit an Alternative Plan within two years. DWR provides a wide-variety of resources and services to support local agencies and GSAs in implementing SGMA. Montecito Water District is already implementing the process.



Basin Boundary Modification Application Due June 30, 2018

As part of the District's process, Montecito Water District and Carpinteria Valley Water District have been collaborating on a Basin Boundary Modification application. This will be reviewed during the May Board Meeting, to be held on May 22 (tomorrow) at 2:00pm at the District Office: 583 San Ysidro Road. Stakeholders are invited to submit written comments on the application for the coming 30 days, until June 21. The application will be submitted to DWR prior to the deadline of June 30, 2018.



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| Floyd Wicks, Vice President
Samuel Frye, Director | Tobe Plough, Director | Richard Shaikewitz, Director
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