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Funding the Wyandotte Creek GSA

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Wyandotte Creek Funding Fact Sheet

Wyandotte Creek GSA Long-term Funding Needs

Funding the Wyandotte Creek GSA going forward​​ is critical so that we can locally fund and manage o​ur​ groundwater resources and work to implement key projects and management actions that will ensure adequate groundwater supplies are available to all users in the future.

The California legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014 and required the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) throughout California. SGMA provides for the management of groundwater resources at the local level and requires GSAs to develop and implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The Wyandotte Creek GSP must ensure sustainable groundwater conditions by 2042 while avoiding six distinct undesirable results. The decisions about sustainability will be made locally and includes public involvement. This is why the Wyandotte Creek GSA is proactively developing long-term water management solutions to prioritize local interests and keep expenses for landowners to a minimum so that groundwater can be managed and protected locally.

Compliance with SGMA is not optional and securing funding for priority projects and management actions is our best path forward. Securing local funding revenues retains local control ensuring stakeholders have input and provides solutions that benefit our region. The Wyandotte Creek GSA Board is dedicated to navigating SGMA together with its members and stakeholders.

Wyandotte Creek Funding 2018 to 2022

Since 2018 when the Wyandotte Creek Groundwater Sustainability Agency (Wyandotte Creek GSA) was originally established, the Wyandotte Creek GSA has been funded by contributions from each of the member agencies (Butte County, City of Oroville, Thermalito Water & Sewer District) and in-house staff services. Annual member agency funds along with grant funding for development of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and required reports has allowed the Wyandotte Creek GSA to achieve necessary SGMA compliance actions to date. Going forward, long-term funding will be needed to support continued Wyandotte Creek GSA administration costs and facilitate ongoing GSP implementation and SGMA compliance actions needed to locally manage our groundwater resources.

GSA Funding Update

The latest information about Wyandotte Creek GSA Funding is summarized in the Draft Fee Report that will be considered at the May 25, 2023 Wyandotte Creek GSA Board Meeting.

05_WCGSA Draft Fee Report Attachments_5-25-23 Mtg.pdf05_WCGSA Draft Fee Report_5-25-23 Mtg.pdf

The precursor to the Draft Fee Report are the Technical Memorandum and 5-year projections with and without DWR Grant funding.

WDC Funding Technical Memorandum – April 2023WDC 5-year Project (No Grant Funding) – March 2023WDC 5-year Project (Grant Funding) – March 2023

Public Outreach

The goal of the Wyandotte Creek GSA is to maintain open communication with community stakeholders throughout the process of establishing a long-term funding source for GSA operations and SGMA compliance costs. Updates to this process will be posted to this web page including a fact sheet(s) and frequently asked questions. In addition, updates will be distributed to our email list regarding the future schedule for related meetings and workshops.  Please sign-up to receive email updates.

Meetings and Workshops

The Wyandotte Creek GSA has hosted various meetings and workshops to engage GSA stakeholders focusing on the potential long-term funding mechanism for the Wyandotte Creek GSA. Wyandotte Creek GSA Board and stakeholder advisory committee meetings are publicized on the GSA’s website and direct emailed to those on our stakeholder list. Please sign-up to receive email updates. Topics have addressed various components of developing the funding mechanism including additional grants, fees, and/or assessments. Please review the GSA’s website calendar dates and agendas for long term funding discussions. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about local groundwater management efforts in the Subbasin.

GSA Funding Meeting Schedule (double click the image to download a PDF version of the schedule)

Wyandotte Creek GSA Long-term Funding Workshop – April 11, 2023 

The Wyandotte Creek GSA held a public workshop to share long-term funding needs for GSP implementation and seek public input on funding options. For an overview of the information presented download the meeting presentation.

WDC Public Workshop Presentation – April 11, 2023Public Workshop Video – April 11, 2023 

Back in 2022

Past Wyandotte Creek GSA Funding Workshop – May 23, 2022

In May of 2022, the Wyandotte Creek GSA conducted a Funding Workshop to provide an overview of the funding process to the Board, WAC, and the public. To get an overview of the funding process, review the presentation slides.

WDC GSA Board Meeting - LSCE Fee Presentation – February 23, 2023Wyandotte Creek Funding Presentation – May 2022