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June 19, 2021

Walker, Perrault appointed to groundwater sustainability agency

GREENFIELD — The Arroyo Seco Groundwater Sustainability Agency has gained two new members in City Council Member Lance Walker and Interim City Manager Robert Perrault.

Walker and Perrault were appointed to the Arroyo Seco Groundwater Sustainability Agency as part of a City Council decision on March 14. Previous to the appointment, the City of Greenfield agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with Clark Colony Water Company to form the Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

“It’s a requirement of state law that if you are drawing water or overlaying a groundwater basin, you are required to form an agency or to participate with others in the formation of the agency,” Perrault said.

The legislation’s purpose is to develop long-term plans for the sustainability of groundwater. According to Perrault, groundwater has been depleted over the past several years, some due to the drought.

“There’s a real need to ensure the long-term availability of that water,” Perrault said. “The city depends on it.”

Perrault and Walker will be part of a five-member board, along with two members representing Clark Colony and a community member that both the city and Clark Colony Water Company agree on.

The first meeting of the Arroyo Seco Groundwater Sustainability Agency took place March 28.

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