On Monday, January 3, 2022, the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency adopted the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) at a virtual public hearing. Additional resources and a recording can be found below.
The plan represents years of work to ensure a reliable future water supply for the Santa Clarita Valley.
This website provides information on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) activities, meetings, and resources for the Santa Clarita Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SCV-GSA).
The SCV-GSA is responsible for sustainably managing groundwater in the Santa Clara River Valley East Subbasin.
The Subbasin is primarily located in the Santa Clarita Valley. Its western limit is near the Los Angeles-Ventura County Line and its eastern limit is generally along Highway 14. It includes the neighborhoods of Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Newhall, Saugus and Canyon Country.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires local water agencies to sustainably manage groundwater resources. By January 2022, the SCV-GSA will develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) tailored to the resources and needs within our community to maintain and improve resource management where necessary. The overall goal is to achieve sustainable groundwater management within 20 years.
What is Groundwater?
Groundwater, known as water held underground beneath the Earth’s surface in the soil or in pores and crevices in rock, is a beneficial resource used for drinking water and makes up about 38 percent of the total water supply in California.
Locally in the Santa Clarita Valley, about half of the water supply is produced by local groundwater. Our supplies come from two sources:
- the Alluvium Aquifer generally underlies the Santa Clara River and its tributaries to maximum depths of about 200 feet, and
- the Saugus Formation underlies practically the entire Upper Santa Clara River area to depths of at least 2,000 feet.