Stakeholder Workshop Schedule and Details

Workshop Logistics

We are committed to the safety and health of our community across all aspects of our stakeholder engagement experience. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and modify the schedule below to ensure your safety and your continued opportunity to provide valuable input into the development of the SLO Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan. This includes moving some workshops to webinar format, and using virtual meeting technology where possible. 

To keep you informed as workshop details change and to keep our virtual meeting platforms secure, registration is for all virtual workshops is required. 


If you have any questions about the workshops below, please contact Tiffany Meyer, Water Systems Consulting at 503-880-5308 or by Email.

August 14, 2019

Workshop #1: Groundwater and SGMA 101

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The first stakeholder workshop provided participants with an overview of the SGMA in easy-to-understand terms, including an overview of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and why sustainable management of the SLO Basin has been made a State priority. Presenters described what groundwater is and will show the current state of the SLO Basin’s groundwater levels and conditions. Expect an accessible presentation that will give a solid grounding in the policy, the region’s approach to developing a GSP, and how the plan may affect you.

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June 10, 2020 • 3:30pm-5:00pm

Workshop #2: Groundwater Management Vision

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In this virtual workshop, attendees participated in an interactive exercise to set the vision for what a “sustainable SLO Basin” means. To inform the exercise, the project team grounded attendees in the key takeaways of the Basin Setting work completed to date, which helps predict future groundwater demand and describes the unique makeup and challenges associated with groundwater management in the SLO Basin. They also described the role of the Water Budget and the Surface/Groundwater Model in meeting the requirements of SGMA. 

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August 5, 2020 • 3:00pm-5:00pm • Zoom Meetings

Workshop #3: Sustainable Goal Setting

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In this virtual workshop (offered via Zoom Meetings), stakeholder perceptions will be collected to inform the preliminary sustainability goals for the SLO Basin. The project team will begin by describing the representative wells and monitoring network that have been recommended by the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA), as well as a recap of the stakeholder input provided in workshop #2: Groundwater Management Vision. In the last half of the workshop, participants will break into group activities to experience the complexity of what goes into setting a sustainable groundwater goal, as well as setting minimum thresholds and measurable objectives. Following the workshop, the video recording and the workshop slides will be published to this website.

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Registration for this virtual workshop is required. Upon registration, meeting access details will be emailed directly to you.

January 6, 2021 • Details coming soon

Workshop #4: Projects and Management Actions

In this educational and interactive workshop, stakeholder perceptions will be collected to inform the preliminary set of projects and management actions to reach sustainability in the SLO Basin. The project team will start by relaying key decisions, including the GSA’s recommendations for representative wells, monitoring network, sustainable management criteria minimum thresholds and measurable objectives, and the sustainable yield goal. They’ll also introduce how the GSP implementation plan will allow for optimum flexibility, including check-ins every five years to adjust the plan direction. Finally, they’ll introduce a framework of categories for projects and management actions to show how different types of actions will affect groundwater sustainability, while helping participants understanding the cost, benefits, and impact of different types of management actions. In the last half of the workshop, participants will break into small groups to directly inform the preliminary set of projects and management actions that will be used to achieve sustainability in the SLO Basin.

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