San Ysidro Creek contributes to water supply in the Montecito Groundwater Basin.

San Ysidro Creek contributes to water supply in the Montecito Groundwater Basin. (Courtesy photo)

The Montecito Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) invites the public to attend its quarterly board meeting, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, when discussion topics will include projects and actions that may be included in the Groundwater Sustainability Plan now and in the future.

The meeting will be held in person at 583 San Ysidro Road, Santa Barbara, and may be attended remotely using the teleconferencing information posted on the agenda at www.montecitogsa.com.

Locally, groundwater is heavily relied on for local residential, commercial and agricultural use, particularly during periods of drought.

The Montecito Groundwater Basin supplies water for numerous public and private wells, and the Montecito GSA’s mission is to ensure a reliable and sustainable groundwater supply for the community through effective basin management pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

The agency is tasked with preparing the state’s required Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the Montecito Groundwater Basin, which includes determining ways to avoid undesirable results that may occur without proper stewardship of the basin, such as seawater intrusion, lowering groundwater levels, or depletion of groundwater storage.

Data collection and increasing participation from private well owners and the public at large are priorities for the Agency.

Chapter 4 of the GSP, Projects and Management Actions to Achieve Sustainability Goal, is the focus of the upcoming Board meeting. Agency staff worked with consultants to develop a draft list of Project and Management Actions that has been shared with advisory committees for their review.

The board will be reviewing consultant and staff recommendations along with input from advisory committees and the public when determining which projects and management actions to include in the GSP.

To learn more about the Montecito GSA and the importance of groundwater for the community visit www.montecitogsa.com; email info@montecitogsa.com; or call 805-324-4207.