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2021: The Road to Sustainability

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

Data Gathering

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.

Key Accomplishments

• Prop 68 grant recipient for monitoring well video survey and well construction information gathering
• Monitoring well site visits

Anticipated 2021 Work

• Collect well construction information
• Begin three year process to meter wells within MAGSA

How YOU can lead us to sustainability

• Join the list of landowners interested in receiving a monetary incentive for being an early adopter of meters. Sign up using the form on the right!

Meter Incentive Sign-Up List

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.

Key Accomplishments

• Held two public workshops to discuss identified market concepts, requirements, trading structures, rules, monitoring, administration, and reporting
• Conducted stakeholder interviews and received input on market components

Anticipated 2021 Work

• Hold two additional public workshops
• Draft and finalize water market study report

How YOU can lead us to sustainability

• Attend upcoming workshops
• Comment on the draft report once released

Water Bank

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.

Key Accomplishments

• Feasibility study
• Outreach to potential water bank partners
• Soil borings and water quality testing
• Engineering/design of key facilities

Anticipated 2021 Work

• Environmental analysis
• Outreach to affected landowners
• Coordinate with irrigation districts to maximize efficiency of conveyance build out

How YOU can lead us to sustainability

• Be flexible – the landscape of MAGSA is changing to make room for key infrastructure development
• Be engaged – let us and your irrigation district know your hopes, concerns, questions, and comments on this project
• Stay informed – attend Board Meetings and continue to read website posts for updates on the project

2021 Vision Event Recording

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