• The proposed groundwater fees are not for using groundwater. Fees are being considered to pay for groundwater management, to ensure that groundwater levels don’t decline due to pumping and that water quality remains good – for now and into the future.
• The Groundwater Sustainability Plans, adopted in December 2021, in each basin lay out projects and actions that are intended to make sure that there is enough groundwater available to meet foreseeable needs for the next 50 years. These include:
o Education and voluntary reductions in groundwater use through water conservation tools.
o Planning for aquifer storage and recovery though new deep water supply wells.
o Management Actions such as development of policy options and coordination of Farm Plans with the GSP
• Other cost factors in upcoming years include additional research to fill gaps in the groundwater data, groundwater model updates, GSP 5-year update in addition to the day-to-day operations of the GSAs. The remainder of the GSA budgets are spent on day-to-day operations including applying for and complying with grants; legal services; reaching out to the community to inform people about the GSA and what it is doing; working with the Board and Advisory Committee on developing agendas, staffing meetings and coordinating contracts.