Arlington Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan
Western will be hosting three virtual workshops for stakeholders as described below. We strongly encourage you to attend one or more of these workshops to help inform the development of the Arlington Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan.
We are committed to the safety and health of our community across all aspects of our stakeholder engagement experience. Accordingly, each of the workshops listed below will be offered virtually using Zoom. To ensure the security of the Zoom meeting platform, registration is required to gain access to the Zoom meeting details.
To participate, please register for each workshop individually using the links below. Upon registration, Zoom meeting access details will be emailed to you. Registration helps us keep the Zoom meeting secure.
Following each workshop, the workshop recording and presentation slides will be published to the Arlington Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan webpage, in the "Resources" section.
Note: Any person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in meetings should direct requests to Western at least 48 hours prior to any public meeting.
Workshop No. 1 - Building a shared vision for a "sustainable Arlington Basin"
Thursday, July 30, 2020
What occurred: In this virtual workshop, attendees helped create a shared vision for what a “sustainable Arlington Basin” means. To inform the interactive exercise, the project team gave a brief recap of the purpose of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in easy-to-understand terms. Next, the team summarized key takeaways of the Basin Setting work completed to-date, which describe the Basin’s unique geological makeup, potential challenges associated with groundwater management, and anticipated future groundwater use in the Basin. Further, the team described the historical and current water budget. Stakeholder input documented in this workshop will be summarized and posted to this website, and be shared with the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) to inform the decisions in the GSP.
Workshop No. 2 - Getting to sustainability
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020
What occurred: In this virtual workshop, attendees helped determine the preliminary set of sustainability goals for the Arlington Basin and weigh in on the criteria they believe should drive the projects and management actions. To inform the interactive exercises, the project team recapped the shared vision of a "sustainable Arlington Basin" that stakeholders captured in Workshop No. 1. Next, the team described the relevant requirements of SGMA, including the role of Sustainable Management Criteria, minimum thresholds, and measurable objectives. Stakeholder input documented in this workshop will be shared with the GSA to inform the decisions in the GSP.
Workshop No. 3 - Projects and management actions
POSTPONED - New date pending.
What to expect: In this virtual workshop, stakeholders will brainstorm and arrive at a preliminary set of projects and management actions that will be used over the next 20 years to reach sustainable groundwater levels in the Arlington Basin. To inform the interactive exercises, the project team will recap: (A) the vision for a "sustainable Arlington Basin" that stakeholders captured in Workshop No. 1; (B) the sustainability goals; (C) the criteria for projects and management actions that were captured in Workshop No. 2. Activities will surface considerations for sharing project costs and an implementation plan that keeps the approach flexible and on track. Stakeholder input documented in this workshop will be shared with the GSA to inform the decisions in the GSP.
Note: Registration is required for each individual workshop.