In an effort to identify and prioritize stakeholder concerns relating to potential impacts that may result from groundwater conditions, MAGSA conducted a survey. The survey asked participants to rank potential effects that can occur across five sustainability indicators (in bold below) from most important to avoid to least important to avoid.
Top responses across the five sustainability indicators for the effects most important to avoid are:
- Reduction in groundwater storage: need to drill new wells
- Degraded water quality: impact to crop yield, water treatment for domestic use
- Land subsidence: damage to wells, damage to infrastructure
- Chronic lowering of groundwater levels: irrigation wells becoming unproductive, reduction of well pumping capacity
- Interconnected surface water depletion: concern the trees and riparian habitat will dry up
Survey results ensure stakeholder concerns are considered in MAGSA’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan.