Rate and Fee Study 2022
The Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency was originally funded by its member agencies. In 2017, the GSA initiated a rate and fee study to explore other funding options. After receiving community input and initial feedback from the rate and fee consultants, the Board opted to complete the rate and fee study but to continue funding the GSA with member agency contributions through June 2022.
On July 25, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency approved an ordinance requiring the registration of groundwater use facilities, establishing a method for calculating groundwater use, and authorizing the adoption of a groundwater sustainability fee.
The groundwater sustainability fee will be assessed on all groundwater users in the Sonoma Valley. A contribution from the County of Sonoma will reduce the fee for non-municipal groundwater users to $40 per acre-foot of groundwater pumped annually for fiscal year 2022-23.
The fees will allow the GSA to apply for grants and will help pay for the first five years of implementing the recently approved Groundwater Sustainability Plan.
The Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency held community meetings for the Rate and Fee Study in spring 2022. The purpose of the meetings was to describe Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the Groundwater Sustainability Plan findings, the need for funding and the proposed fee options and to receive community feedback.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Fee Study Timeline
In fall 2021, the fee consultants, SCI Consulting and Larry Walker Associates, gathered data and looked at other GSAs across state for funding ideas and options. In January and February, the fee consultants met with the Board and Advisory Committee.
Public meetings were held in March and May 2022, along with further meetings with the Board and Advisory Committee where the options were narrowed and refined. On July 25 the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency authorized the adoption of a groundwater sustainability fee.