“Can Seawater Intrusion Be Reversed in the Salinas Valley?”

“Can Seawater Intrusion Be Reversed in the Salinas Valley?”

Public Statement
Date of Release or Mention: 
Monday, January 22, 2018

LWVMC Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

“Can Seawater Intrusion Be Reversed in the Salinas Valley?”

Unitarian Universalist Church http://uucmp.org

490 Aguajito Road / Carmel CA 93923 (831) 624-7404

Lunch 12 noon / Presentation 12:30 to 1:30

Lunch $19 per person: main course, salad, beverages, & dessert by The Valley Grille.Reservations are a must for lunch! Contact Bev Kreps by Sunday, February 10, phone (831) 224-3192 or e-mail bkreps1017@gmail.com. Pay at the door for lunch; meeting/presentation is FREE.

Background: In 2014 California passed the most sweeping legislation governing groundwater in the State’s history. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires plans to bring critically overdrafted groundwater basins such as the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin into sustainability.  Under the act, the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA) was formed.  It is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors with one agricultural representative from each of the four Valley sub-basins, City of Salinas, one other Salinas Valley city, the County, CPUC public regulated water utility, disadvantage communities, environmental community and public at large. Janet Brennan represents the environmental community. Members are generally recommended by their respective groups and in most cases appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Speaker: Gary Petersen, General Manager of the SVGB Agency will be the main speaker on this critical issue, with comments by Janet Brennan, Member of the Board of Directorsof the Agency (and LWVMC Member). He will address basic requirements of SGM Act, complexities of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, and progress to-date to meet the Act’s requirements.

Gary works with a variety of groundwater users throughout the 106-mile long basin to implement SGMA. He believes that achieving groundwater sustainability is possible and that success is dependent upon building trust and transparency through the use of legitimate, fair and inclusive processes. He also believes that adopting many changes, including new technology and new thinking, will be required.

Gary’s past experience in managing four airports, multiple forest fires and a Public Works Department have well prepared him for the level of work required to gain cooperation across a landscape with multiple groups of stakeholders, most with differing needs. He managed his own organizational development practice for 20 years and participated with multiple non-profit organizations in leadership roles.

Gary has received Member of the Year awards of distinction as California Special Olympics Volunteer, the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, and Airport Manager, Southwest Chapter, American Association of Airport Executives.

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