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Outreach To Rural Well-Owners Underway In Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa, CA – December 2, 2020 – Approximately 9,500 rural well owners in Sonoma County will soon be receiving a survey designed to elicit their concerns and ideas about local groundwater conditions. This joint project of the county’s three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) is the first step in an engagement project designed to educate and receive feedback from well owners in the Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley groundwater basins.

Sonoma County has one of the highest concentrations of rural well owners in the state, a majority of whom rely on groundwater as their only source of water. Collectively, rural well owners represent a significant percentage of total groundwater use throughout the county. This week rural well owners will receive a survey in the mail asking for their opinions and thoughts on groundwater and groundwater management. Well owners can complete the survey in either English or Spanish, and return by mail or online.

“The Sonoma County GSAs are eager to hear the thoughts of rural well owners as we develop our local, state-mandated Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Personally, I’m very interested in hearing the concerns and ideas of people living in the Petaluma Valley,” said Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, who serves as the chair of the Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA).

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