Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)


College of Arts and Sciences


Environmental Management

First Advisor

Gretchen Coffman

Second Advisor

Stephanie Siehr


In this paper, I designed a strategy for implementation of sustainably managing groundwater-surface water interactions in the Santa Rosa Plain Basin in compliance with the requirements set forth by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. The research objectives for this analysis are: (1) to fully examine the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the implications that implementation will have on the Santa Rosa Plain Basin, (2) to use technical data gathered regionally coupled with related policy design theory to analyze how groundwater and surface water interactions can be managed to meet the requirements set forth in this landmark bill, and (3) to make recommendations to overcome these challenges and aid in the implementation process. To fulfil the objectives of this research, I conducted a comprehensive literature review and synthesized the information gathered from these materials. Additionally, I participated in a mentoring program with two professionals that work directly with groundwater management for the Santa Rosa Plain Basin. I also attended multiple meetings conducted by the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Santa Rosa Plain Basin. Based on this assessment, I have been able to compile recommendations for minimum thresholds, triggers and methods for identifying potential monitoring locations to supplement the existing monitoring program. It is my hope that this document will provide guidance in developing a plan to sustainably management groundwater-surface interactions within the Santa Rosa Plain Basin.