Drought and Groundwater
Worried about your well during the current drought? Rainfall in the region to date is only 12.89 inches, compared to average rainfall of 34 inches. The unprecedented dry conditions affects groundwater resources in multiple ways:
- There is less recharge into the aquifer from rain, creeks, streams and other surface water;
- People use more water to irrigate drought-stressed landscapes, gardens, vines and crops; and
- Water catchment systems and on-farm reservoirs received minimal run-off, and may already be dry, resulting in greater reliance of groundwater for irrigation and drinking water for animals.
For all these reasons and more, rural landowners who rely on groundwater are understandably concerned about the impact that drought could have on wells.
For more information and resources about the drought, groundwater wells and groundwater monitoring and reporting visit our drought page.
Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Users Have Opportunity to Update Well Information
Starting Monday, March 22, groundwater users who own property in the Santa Rosa Plain area will have an opportunity to review and update their water use information. The new Groundwater User Information Data Exchange (GUIDE) Program is being launched by the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) to improve understanding of how groundwater is used, and the number and types of water wells in the Santa Rosa Plain basin.
Go to GUIDE Program information page.
Monthly Email Updates
Find out what’s happening with groundwater activities in Sonoma County by reading the latest email update. Visit the “Email Updates” page to read updates from past months.
Santa Rosa Plain groundwater basin land use and crop type map (click to view larger)
“Management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.”