Valley’s groundwater plan adoption expected today
By Sandi Hansen INDEX-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Sonoma Valley’s Groundwater Management Plan, in the works for more
than a year, is expected to be adopted by the county following a
public hearing in Santa Rosa this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the
Sonoma County Water Agency board of directors (also known as the
Sonoma County Supervisors).
The plan is a voluntary document that provides a blueprint for
protecting groundwater, enhancing recharge of water, monitoring water
quality, reducing demands on usage and increasing conservation for
both short- and long-term water resource needs in the Valley.
Supported by the lead agency, the Sonoma County Water Agency, which
provides most of the county’s water, the plan is the result of
tremendous voluntary efforts by individuals and it’s the first time
Sonoma Valley has ever undertaken such a project. The water agency
will be responsible for implementation of the plan in cooperation
with the Valley of the Moon Water District and the City of Sonoma.
All of the above agencies supported the project fiscally.
A group of 20 local citizens known as the Basin Advisory Panel (BAP)
and comprised of those representing all facets of water usage
including urban and domestic water users, agriculture and other
businesses, the Valley’s small and larger water purveyors and private
well owners have worked together to produce the 120-page document.
Following the expected adoption of the groundwater plan by the water
agency board today, a joint meeting of the City of Sonoma and Valley
of the Moon Water District will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at
water district headquarters in El Verano. Basin Advisory Panel
consultant Tim Parker will present the plan for discussion and a
public hearing will be held prior to the water district’s regular
board meeting. First District Supervisor Valerie Brown will be in
attendance as will City Councilmembers and boardmembers of the water
Following the joint meeting, Valley of the Moon Water District
directors are expected to call for adoption of the plan during their
regular meeting. Location of tonight’s joint meeting water board
meeting is 19039 Bay St., El Verano. For additional details, call