Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Ventura counties and the Cuyama Community Services District will host a public workshop Thursday to discuss the newly adopted Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the possible formation of a groundwater sustainability agency locally.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the cafeteria at Cuyama Elementary School, 2300 Highway 166 in Cuyama.

Presentations from local agencies working to form the groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) will be included in the workshop and representatives from the California Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board will also be available and speak during the meeting, a spokesman said.

The purpose of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is to provide for local, collaborative and sustainable groundwater management, and requires that eligible public agencies in all medium- and high-priority groundwater basins, including the Cuyama Valley Groundwater Basin, form new GSAs before June 30, 2017.

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Agencies looking to form the GSA, all of which overlie the Cuyama Valley Groundwater Basin, will host the workshop to ensure that the public and interested stakeholders understand the provisions of the new legislation, understand what a GSA is, and how the formation and actions of a GSA may affect Cuyama Valley groundwater resources, the spokesman said.

The workshop also will be important for the agencies to receive public input on the GSA formation process, the spokesman added.

For more information, visit the county’s SGMA website at

April Charlton writes for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter@WordsDawn