NGO Groundwater Collaborative: Tools for Evaluating Drinking Water Needs in SGMA - Shared screen with speaker view
Erik Ringelberg, The Freshwater Trust
Hi, had 3 invites to this call, each with a different link. It would be helpful to cancel the old ones.
Emily Finnegan, LGC
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Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
Thanks for trying to think of creative solutions to the issue of dry wells, Dave. I think I’d just add that the solution is usually to take all info about all options for short and long term fixed (deepening wells, forming small water system, consolidating with a larger system) to community residents and see what they want. They usually want consolidation because of cost and water security, but it depends on many factors. Deepening wells or even forming small water systems will likely have to be a solution in some areas where residents are too far from a large water system.
Emily Finnegan, LGC
Has this group worked with DWR’s CDAG to develop the drought risk assessment tools? Do you see this framework integrating with those tools?
Debi Ores
Dave - it's been a slow process. Most systems to which the Board has sent initial letters to have consolidated voluntarily, but in terms of mandatory consolidations there hasn't been a lot. For example East Orosi needs to consolidate with Orosi, but Orosi continually throws up delay tactics and we're trying to get the SWB to move forward with issuing the mandatory consolidation order. Overall it's a good tool but underutilized and underfunded.
Debi Ores
Hopefully that changes soon though with the SAFER program (Safe & Affordable DW Fund) now moving forward
Debi Ores
Emily - CWC has but that has been Jonathan and Patty on our team who've engaged. I think in order for SGMA and related programs to be effective they all have to integrate!
Jennifer Clary
Here's the Water Boards' consolidation website
Jennifer Clary
Emily Finnegan, LGC
Thanks, Jennifer! We’ll add this to the follow up resources.
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
Thank you Jennifer! I should not have tried to say how many projects are in the works, I do not know that number but interested in looking into all of those projects
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
I agree with Lynne! Reducing groundwater pumping MUST be done, as much and as soon as possible.
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
Agreed! Limits on pumping and demand reduction are listed in most GSPs, but unclear how soon or if they will do that.
Debi Ores
Lynne - I agree ag water conservation must be a project and management action. When were using "mitigation" for the dw mitigation framework we're talking about mitigating the harm felt by dw users. Not mitigating the harm from happening in the first place. Does that make sense?
Debi Ores
So if/when an impact occurs a mitigation measure would be drilling a deeper well or providing bottled/tanked water so the home doesn't have to live without accessible safe water. But ag water conservation would a P&MA that prevents the impact from occurring in the first place
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
yes they should do ag water conservation to AVOID wells going dry. If that’s not enough and people fall through the cracks, there should be a concrete and well-funded support system to help folks whose wells go dry by doing what the residents/community want - consolidation, digging deeper well, etc
Aysha Massell
Hi Ruthie, American Rivers recently produced a couple of reports on economic benefits of river restoration, which includes floodplains. I will get links ASAP
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
Yay thanks Aysha!
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
and thanks for the great question Ruthie =)
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
Definitely something we should keep thinking about
Amanda Monaco, Leadership Counsel
thanks Xeronimo!
Thanks everyone. Great panel and discussion!
Aysha Massell
Thanks panelists!!!!
Nell Green Nylen
Thanks, all!