Root Creek

Root Creek Water District Groundwater Sustainability Agency


Root Creek Water District Groundwater Sustainability Plan Now Available:

link to document: Root Creek WD GSA – Groundwater Sustainability Plan Adopted 11-11-2019
See Detailed Hearing Notices Below:
Notice of Public Hearing – GSP City of Madera
Notice of Public Hearing – GSP County of Madera

What is SGMA?

The California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) is a package of three bills (Assembly Bill 1739, Senate Bill 1168 and Senate Bill 1319) that were passed by State legislature and signed by the Governor in 2014.  SGMA’s intent is to mandate that groundwater basins throughout the State are managed in a manner that provides long-term stability in groundwater levels while not degrading water quality or creating unreasonable land subsidence.  In the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) Bulletin 118, 515 groundwater basins and subbasins were identified and associated boundaries for each were defined.  Additionally, DWR analyzed the current groundwater conditions in each subbasin and determined which basins were in need of remedial actions to obtain a state of sustainability.  This resulted in DWR’s rating of each basin with either a high, medium, or low-priority status designation, with a high-priority status resulting in the need for immediate action.

The overall intent of SGMA is for a local public agency to become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (“GSA”) over each basin or subbasin described in Bulletin 118.  Under SGMA, a GSA is then obligated to develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (“GSP”) that provides a roadmap for managing each such basin on a sustainable basis.  The timing of development and implementation of the GSPs is a function of the priority status.

SGMA defines sustainable groundwater management as the “management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing “undesirable results”. Undesirable results are defined in SGMA and summarized as any of the following effects caused by groundwater conditions occurring throughout the basin:

  • Chronic lowering of groundwater levels indicating a significant and unreasonable depletion of supply
  • Significant and unreasonable reduction of groundwater storage
  • Significant and unreasonable seawater intrusion
  • Significant and unreasonable degraded water quality
  • Significant and unreasonable land subsidence
  • Surface water depletions that have significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of the surface water

SGMA and the Root Creek Water District GSA

The Root Creek Water District GSA (“RCWD GSA”) is located within the Madera Subbasin (which is categorized as a high priority basin).  All lands within the Madera Subbasin are required to comply with SGMA. The RCWD GSA filed to become a GSA in July 2016.  The RCWD GSA is currently working collectively with the other GSAs in the Madera Subbasin to develop and implement a GSP in order to comply with SGMA requirements.  A GSP for the Madera Subbasin must be adopted by January 31, 2020, and the GSP will need to include a roadmap to achieve sustainable groundwater management within a 20-year timeframe.

Notice of Intent to Develop GSP 2017

Upcoming Meetings

January 24, 2022 RCWD GSA Special Agenda

Previous Meetings

January 10, 2022 RCWDGSA Cancellation

December 13, 2021 RCWD GSA Agenda

October 11, 2021 RCWDGSA Cancellation

September 13, 2021 RCWD GSA Cancellation

August 9, 2021 RCWD GSA Agenda

 July 12, 2021 RCWD GSA Cancellation

June 14, 2021 RCWD GSA Agenda

May 10, 2021 RCWD GSA Cancellation

April 12, 2021 RCWD GSA Cancellation

March 8, 2021 RCWD GSA Agenda

February 8, 2021 RCWD GSA Cancellation

January 15, 2021 RCWD GSA Agenda

January 11, 2021 GSA Cancellation

December 14, 2020 RCWD GSA Cancellation

November 9, 2020 RCWD GSA Cancellation

October 12, 2020 RCWD GSA Agenda

September 14, 2020 Cancellation

August 10, 2020 RCWD GSA Agenda

July 13, 2020 RCWD GSA Board Agenda

June 8, 2020 Cancellation

May 11, 2020 RCWD GSA Agenda

April 13, 2020 Cancellation

March 9, 2020 Agenda

February 10, 2020 Agenda

December 19, 2019

November 11, 2019 Agenda

November 11, 2019 Public Hearing GSP Adoption

October 14, 2019 Agenda

September 9, 2019 Agenda

August 12, 2019 Agenda

July 8, 2019 GSA Agenda

June 10 2019 GSA Cancellation

June 10, 2019 GSA Agenda

May 13, 2019 GSA Agenda

April 8, 2019 GSA Agenda

March 11, 2019 GSA Agenda

February 11, 2019 GSA Agenda

January 14, 2019 RCWD GSA Agenda

December 10, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

November 15, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

October 8, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

September 10, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

August 13, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

July 9, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

June 11 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

May 14 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

April 9, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

March 12, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

February 12, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

January 8, 2018 RCWD GSA Agenda

December 11, 2017 RCWD GSA Agenda

November 13, 2017 RCWD GSA Agenda

October 11, 2017 Root Creek GSA Agenda