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Culver City Contemplates the Creation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Next Wednesday, April 12th, the Culver City Hall will be participating in a meeting with other communities to discuss the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency.   The agency would serve the Santa Monica Groundwater Basin, which Culver City Real Estate is a part of. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will also be in attendance.

According to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) website, “The DWR has developed a Draft Strategic Plan for its Sustainable Groundwater Management Program. The draft plan describes DWR’s responsibilities and vision for carrying out the Sustainable Groundwater Management.” The Draft Plan also contains a list of laws that would help safeguard those groundwater basins that “provide more than half of the water Californians use in dry years.”

Martin Feinberg, Realtor, has seen firsthand the affects of drought and is glad the state is taking the problem seriously.

The formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency is one aspect of the DWR’s plan but other actions will likely follow. These key actions will be undertaken over the next few years and will help to support local governments in their efforts to achieve sustainable groundwater management.   These plans will include: “(1) developing regulations to revise groundwater basin boundaries; (2) adopting regulations for evaluating and implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and coordination agreements; (3) identifying basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft; (4) identifying water available for groundwater replenishment; and (5) publishing best management practices for the sustainable management of groundwater.”

Wednesday’s meeting will take place at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Windward School at 11350 Palms Blvd., at the intersection of Sawtelle Blvd.   It is open to the public. Each agency in attendance will be providing more information and will also answer questions about the groundwater formation process.

For more information see Culver City residents can also contact the Culver City Public Works Department at 310-253-5635. Life isn’t possible without water.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, hopes that citizens take the opportunity to attend the meeting and add their input.