Well Monitoring Program
David Noren displayinging sample well monitoring trends
David demonstrates monitoring technique at the Grange wellhead
Well Monitoring Project Starting
Clarification for the Well Monitoring Program
Several questions have arisen regarding the Well Monitoring Project, so here is clarification.
1) This is a citizen science project, and not at all mandatory, and is not related to metering. This project is entirely voluntary, and opt-in only, not conducted by any agencies, but by residents. It is an effort to see how the water levels are responding to various stresses, including climate change. We are in no way assuming that everyone wants to be a part of this, and we will only be measuring water depth in a maximum of ~25 wells. The aquifer is a shared natural resource, and monitoring the water levels provides us with valuable data about the health of the overall water situation in Bennett Valley. If it proves out that the trend is declining, then we may need to rethink the way we manage our water—but our little citizens’ group will not be dictating anything! Only measuring a handful of wells.
2) This is NOT a metering program! In regard to mandated metering, use limitations or charging for water, the area of Bennett Valley is not designated as a medium or high groundwater basin and there are currently no requirements for the use of water in the Bennett Valley area. There are three medium groundwater basins within Sonoma County that include the Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma Valley and Sonoma Valley that have prepared Groundwater Sustainability Plans for the sustainable use and management of the shared resource. At this time there is a assessed cost of $40 per parcel per year for the programs that are being implemented within those basins. Bennett Valley is not within these basins and there are currently no such requirements nor costs.