Zone 7 Recognized for Being a Leader in Groundwater Management by Zone 7 Water Agency Aug 6, 2019 Member Submitted News In July, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced the approval of Zone 7’s Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan, a significant recognition of the agency’s proactive policies of managing groundwater. The plan was developed to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), legislation passed by the state to ensure groundwater supplies are sustainably managed by local agencies. Zone 7 has been actively monitoring and managing the local groundwater supply, a basin that lies under the cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton, since the early 1960s. Previously, the basin was in overdraft condition, meaning too much water had been pumped for local use and agriculture. The basin, referred to as the Livermore Valley Basin in official state documents, has since recovered from overdraft and has been in a condition of sustainable management since the mid-1970s. As part of the SGMA, DWR ranked California basins as high, medium or low priority. The Act requires that a Groundwater Sustainability Plan is created for each medium- or high-priority groundwater basin in the state. The Livermore Valley Basin was identified as a medium-priority basin. The SGMA gave agencies that were already sustainably managing basin groundwater an opportunity to submit an Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan to DWR. After extensive review, DWR identified Zone 7’s Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan as one of nine plans submitted by agencies across the state that met SGMA standards for management and protection of groundwater in California. “It is clear that a number of local agencies have been addressing groundwater issues in their basins for many years,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “Their continued commitment to sustainably manage their basins will help protect California’s groundwater reserves as the state confronts critical water challenges.” A map of the basin and official information regarding SGMA and the Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan is available online.