Sustainability isn’t achieved by an agency, it’s achieved by individual stakeholders and landowners cooperating, contributing, and adjusting practices to lead us to achieve our collective goals. MAGSA has adopted a phased mitigation approach requiring 10% overdraft reduction by 2025 (9,110 acre-feet). This is not a job for any one landowner, but requires a conscious effort by all. Join us to take on 2021’s most pressing groundwater activities and goals!
2021 Priority Sustainability Activities and Goals
Groundwater data measured by wells is a key data component for monitoring MAGSA’s sustainability goals. The data is an important metric to measure impacts of future projects and management actions on groundwater levels within the agency boundary, and ensures MAGSA can effectively defend accurate groundwater use on behalf of its landowners.
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Water Market Study
MAGSA received a WaterSMART Bureau of Reclamation grant to conduct a study on a groundwater credit and surface water marketing program. Geosyntec has led a team of skilled individuals from organizations across disciplines over the last year to consider how a water market might operate within MAGSA. The study is ongoing and will conclude in the spring of 2021.
Preliminary work on a water bank project in MAGSA began in 2020 and will continue into 2021. Located between the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers, MAGSA provides an ideal location for the Aquaterra Water Bank project that improves sustainability of local groundwater supply while increasing resiliency and flexibility for water suppliers across the State.