Released by: Water Agency
For Immediate Release

Deadline Approaching for Groundwater Advisory Committees Applications

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 21, 2017  –  Applications are due 5 p.m., Monday, July 31 for board-appointed members of groundwater advisory committees in Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley groundwater basins.

The advisory committees will provide input and feedback on policies, programs and projects to the boards of the newly created Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley groundwater sustainability agencies. These agencies were formed to meet the requirements of California’s historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which went into effect in 2015.

“This is an opportunity for farmers, well owners, environmentalists and business representatives to share your ideas, thoughts and advice regarding new groundwater management,” said Lynda Hopkins, Chairwoman of the Santa Rosa Plain GSA board. “We are looking for committed individuals who can roll up their sleeves and work through the many issues that will arise.”

In all three groundwater basins, the advisory committees include at least one representative from the following categories:  rural residential well owner, agriculture, business and environmental (see below for details). Petaluma Valley and Sonoma Valley include at-large seats. Advisory committee members are expected to communicate with the stakeholders they represent what they are learning and how decisions will be made regarding groundwater management.

“We need communicators to serve on the advisory committees. A key role of committee members will be sharing what they learn with the broader community, so that people who live in the basins understand what is happening and why it’s happening,” said Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma Valley GSA board.

Advisory committee terms will be two-years (after initial staggered terms), and the advisory committees will meet every other month for two to three hours. Advisory committee members should also expect to spend several hours reading materials and preparing for meetings.

“People who serve on the advisory committees will be making a significant contribution of time and energy to their communities,” said David Rabbitt, Chairman of the Petaluma Valley GSA board. “They will be grappling with tough issues and will likely be making some difficult recommendations, so we hope to find people who have experience on committees and in consensus-based decision making.”

About the Advisory Committees

The Santa Rosa Plain Advisory Committee consists of 18 members, seven of which will be appointed by the Santa Rosa Plain GSA board. To ensure the advisory committee includes a variety of perspectives, the board is seeking two rural residential well owners, two agricultural representatives, two environmental representatives and one business representative. While the majority of the appointees must live within the Santa Rosa Plain groundwater basin, the board may appoint one person who lives within the larger Santa Rosa Plain watershed. Go to http://sonomacountygroundwater.org/srp-advisory-committee/ for the application and more information.

The Sonoma Valley Advisory Committee consists of 12 members, six of which will be appointed by the Sonoma Valley GSA board. The board is seeking one rural residential well owner, one agricultural representative, one environmental representative, one business representative and two “at-large” community representatives (preferably one who is a hydrogeologist or geologist and one can represent disadvantaged community interests). Go to http://sonomacountygroundwater.org/sv-advisory-committee/ for the application and more information.

The Petaluma Valley Advisory Committee consists of 10 members, five of which will be appointed by the Petaluma Valley GSA board. The board is seeking one rural residential well owner, one agricultural representative, one environmental representative, one business representative and one “at-large” community representative (with a preference for someone who can represent disadvantaged community interests). Go to http://sonomacountygroundwater.org/pv-advisory-committee/ for the application and more information.

In all three basins, strong consideration will be given to candidates who have the backing of multiple organizations or individuals within their interest group.

The deadline for submitting applications is July 31, 2017. 

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Contact Information

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Address
404 Aviation Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.51193, -122.7835
 

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