Private Well Owners to Meet

Some 1,100 private well owners in the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin are being notified to let them know about a groundwater management process this is getting underway, including a public meeting on Feb. 22. The basin, which extends from Upper Branciforte Creek to Boulder Creek, is in a state of overdraft, resulting in lowered groundwater levels and reduced streamflow. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 requires that action be taken to eliminate overdraft by 2040. The solution will likely involve a combination of water efficiency, increased groundwater recharge and supplemental supply, with costs to users based on impact on the groundwater basin. To stay informed, please check the website at and attend the meeting on Feb. 22 from 7 to p.m. at the Scotts Valley Water District.