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Local GSAs hire contractor to develop groundwater sustainability plan

Home Government Local GSAs hire contractor to develop groundwater sustainability plan
The Colusa Groundwater Authority, in a joint meeting with the Glenn Groundwater Authority, selected Davids Engineering to help the two agencies work together to develop a single Groundwater Suitability Plan for the Colusa Subbasin. 

The Chico-based firm was contracted Oct. 30 to complete the Hydrogeological Conceptual Model and water budgets for the Colusa Subbasin, set groundwater management standards and objectives, and identify actions or projects that meet the standards and objectives outlined by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. 

The GSAs’ goal is to establish a monitoring program and action plan that is geared at sustaining groundwater by offsetting impacts of drought and climate change by 2042, officials said. 

The Board of Directors reviewed four proposals, ranging between $551,300 and $911,000, before selecting Davids Engineering, which came with the highest price tag. 

“It was a difficult choice,” said Darrin Williams, a private pumper on both the Colusa Groundwater Authority Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Committee. “In the end, we felt very comfortable with Davids.”

Williams said the TAC recommended Davids because the firm demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of local groundwater conditions, and they felt Davids would offer a seamless transition from current to future projects in the Colusa Subbasin. 

Property owners in Colusa County approved a $1.31 per acre tax in a protest election earlier this year to establish and fund the new regulatory agency. Glenn County property owners approved a $1.75 per acre tax through a similar process. 

Directors on the two groundwater authorities also agreed the Colusa Groundwater Authority would apply for a $1 million grant to help with expenses, which is available under Proposition 68, the general obligation bond voters passed in 2018 to fund projects related to water infrastructure projects and environmental protection. 

The Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Colusa Subbasin is an eligible project, said Mary Fahey, CGA executive director.

Davids Engineering is writing the grant proposal, which must be submitted to the California Department of Water Resources by Friday. 

CGA and GGA officials anticipate that sustaining groundwater will eventually require them to regulate when and how much groundwater can be pumped, require them to measure groundwater and report those figures to the state, charge fees for groundwater use, and any other enforcements demanded by the Groundwater Sustainability Plan, once it is written. 

Officials said they would like to start with a pilot program for voluntary well metering and groundwater use reporting by local property owners. 

The Groundwater Sustainability Plan (and the funding mechanism) will be reviewed every five years, Fahey said. 

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net

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