Local agencies are putting together a state-required plan to protect groundwater in South East Sacramento County and Western Amador County. The following survey seeks input on various elements of the plan to protect the Cosumnes Subbasin that were described in a March public workshop. Another public workshop on plan progress will be conducted in May and a completed draft plan will be reviewed at a public meeting in August. Your feedback will help us continue the work of shaping a plan that residents can support.

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* 1. Those interested in having a healthy groundwater system are not limited to those who live or own property within communities directly affected by a specific Groundwater Sustainability Plan. However, those who do not live in the area may have a different perspective from those who do. Please indicate whether you live or own property within the Cosumnes Subbasin, which lies in southeastern Sacramento County and western Amador County - refer to map.

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* 2. On a scale ranging from unimportant to very important, rate the following priorities for the groundwater management plan.

  unimportant somewhat important neutral important very important
Balancing the needs of all users (ag, rural residential, urban water users, tribes, environmental interests, etc.)
Minimizing the amount of ag land fallowed
Minimizing costs to the extent possible
Giving people incentives/choices rather than making restrictions mandatory

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* 3. As it has been developed so far, the plan relies on various projects and management actions to yield approximately 20,000 acre-feet of water annually (1 acre-foot is enough water to cover one acre of land in 1 foot of water) by either reducing usage or recharging the basin. For each plan component, please indicate whether you support it, are neutral or oppose it.

  Support Neutral Oppose Don't Know
Paying farmers to voluntarily fallow their land for a period of time
Reducing fees farmers pay if they reduce water use
Using tertiary-treated wastewater from urban use to spread on fields and recharge the basin through infiltration
Participating in a recharge program (FloodMAR) set up by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Raising revenue to offset plan costs by engaging in water banking (leasing unused basin space) and/or water sales ONLY if recharging activities yield a surplus of water in the subbasin

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* 4. Currently, local agencies are working on a funding plan that may include a small annual parcel fee, a charge per acre foot of water used and/or external revenue generated by some of the projects. For each component, indicate whether you support it, are neutral or oppose it.

  Support Neutral Oppose Don't know
Annual parcel fee
Water usage charge per acre-foot
External revenue from water banking or selling excess water

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* 5. Everyone benefits from having plentiful groundwater, from those who rely on it for drinking water, to those who use it to produce food, to those who are supportive of strong ecosystems. If local agencies are unable to meet our stated goals, the state will intervene and charge up to $300 for each ag wells and $100 for each ag-res/domestic well. Local agencies are working hard to avoid this. There are many costs to administering the plan and implementing projects. With this in mind, what do you believe is a reasonable amount for individuals to pay to ensure success of our local plan

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* 6. Thank you for participating in this survey. We would like to keep you posted as the development of the groundwater management plan continues. If you provide your name and contact information, we will alert you about future public workshops and hearings.

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* 7. Which GSA do you belong to? Find your GSA at www.bit.ly/cosumnesmap

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