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Public meetings slated to inform Sonoma County groundwater users

Sonoma County residents dependent on private wells, and others interested in understanding how California’s new groundwater management law will be implemented locally, are urged to attend three upcoming meetings on the topic that begin tonight.

The sessions are being held to explain the governance structure being developed for three Sonoma County groundwater basins immediately affected by the state’s 2014 law. They include the Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley basins.

New groundwater sustainability agencies are to be developed for each basin after public hearings planned for April and May. The deadline to create the new local agencies is June 30.

The informational meeting schedule is as follows:

• Petaluma Valley, tonight, 6-8 p.m., Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Blvd.

• Sonoma Valley, Monday, 6-8 p.m., Sonoma Charter School Multi-Purpose Room, 17202 Sonoma Highway.

• Santa Rosa Plain, April 3, 6-8 p.m., Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Road.

More information is available at sonomacountygroundwater.org.

You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 707-521-5249 or mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com.

Mary Callahan

Environment and Climate Change, The Press Democrat

I am in awe of the breathtaking nature here in Sonoma County and am so grateful to live in this spectacular region we call home. I am amazed, too, by the expertise in our community and by the commitment to protecting the land, its waterways, its wildlife and its residents. My goal is to improve understanding of the issues, to find hope and to help all of us navigate the future of our environment. 

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