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Public invited to workshop on Coachella Valley groundwater management

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 3:02 PM by Jesse Ruiz

workshopAn overview of the 2022 update for the Indio Subbasin Alternative Plan will be presented at a public workshop on Thursday.  

State officials announced in July that the Coachella Valley’s Water Management Plan, submitted as an Alternative to a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Indio Subbasin, met the requirements of SGMA, and indicated that the first five-year update of the Plan would be due by January 1, 2022. The existing plan approved by the State includes water management programs designed to stabilize groundwater levels and meet future water demands in the Indio Subbasin, which makes up most of the valley’s groundwater basin.

The workshop is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the board room at the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert. It is sponsored by the Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) of the Indio Subbasin, which are CVWD, Desert Water Agency, Coachella Water Authority, and Indio Water Authority.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the 2014 legislation designed to halt overdraft and bring groundwater basins into balanced levels of pumping and recharge. The workshop will also detail the planning that has been done in the Indio Subbasin and the approach for updating the Alternative Plan. Public input and feedback is encouraged.  

Groundwater management programs have replenished 4 million acre-feet of imported water into the Coachella Valley Basin. Over the past 10 years, groundwater levels have increased or stabilized over most of the Indio Subbasin a sign that the plan is working. The Alternative Plan Update will build on the work that has already been accomplished to sustainably manage the Indio Subbasin.

The Indio Subbasin is under the cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella, and the unincorporated communities of Thousand Palms, Thermal, Bermuda Dunes, Oasis and Mecca. The Mission Creek Subbasin is under Desert Hot Springs and the unincorporated area of Indio Hills.

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