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Board Meeting July 7, 2021

The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

Note:  This Board of Directors meeting will be held live and in person at the regular boardroom of the agency located at:

The Kerman Community Center

15101 Kearney Blvd.

 Kerman, CA 93630

In addition, in accordance with the extension of the Governor’s Executive Order (N-29-20) and the declared State of Emergency, including social distancing directives as a result of the potential threat associated with the COVID-19 virus, members of the public may alternatively participate in the meeting by accessing the Zoom connection or by accessing the call-in information listed below.  The public is encouraged to contact MAGSA directly through the website, through email, by telephone to the office, by dropping off to the office or by direct mail to the office if they wish to communicate or otherwise provide comment on any subject appearing on this Agenda.


Topic: MAGSA Board Meeting LIVESTREAM | July 7 @ 2PM

Time: Jul 7, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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MAGSA’s McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Expansion Project Underway

The McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) has been awarded a $10 million grant by the State Water Resources Control Board through the Prop 1 Stormwater Grant Program to expand the existing McMullin On-Farm Recharge (OFR) Project located near Helm in Fresno County.  The Project is identified in MAGSA’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan and is a key element in a vision developed by MAGSA to achieve groundwater sustainability under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act through innovative approaches in groundwater banking and crediting.

Phase 1 was constructed in 2012-2018 and diverts 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) of flood and storm flows at the James Bypass onto approximately 5,000 acres of private farmland. Phase 2 is currently under design and when constructed will increase the diversion and recharge capacity from 150 cfs to 450 cfs and increase the potential farmland acreage for receiving flood and storm flows for OFR by about 15,000 acres.

Phase 2 utilizes agreements between various public agencies and will be operated in partnership with Raisin City Water District, which will provide matching funds through a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant award. Phase 2 will rely upon and promote regional collaboration in managing water resources and facilitate the setting of regional priorities and increased self-reliance.  Combined, the projects will deliver $22 million in benefits to the area and contribute substantially to the solutions required to offset the overdraft of the last century in MAGSA and the Kings Subbasin. This would certainly be a model for State and Federal cooperation.

The project represents a large-scale demonstration project of OFR for improved and more integrated groundwater and surface waters. The project is the type envisioned by the California Department of Water Resource’s FloodMAR approach, in which OFR projects are a key component in changing statewide management that ranges from local and regional water projects to re-operation of the state and federal reservoirs for an integrated surface water and groundwater storage system that can accommodate California’s variable water supply under the changing climate. 

MAGSA, through its contractor Tetra Tech, are preparing the required environmental analysis and documentation. A draft California Environmental Quality Assessment document is expected to be available for public review during the Fall of 2021. A draft National Environmental Policy Assessment document is expected to be available for public review during the Winter of 2021-22.

MAGSA Video Provides Narrative for Achieving Sustainability

The McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA), in collaboration with J Comm, Inc., has created a visually engaging video highlighting MAGSA growers’ vision for achieving groundwater sustainability. The inspirational video features General Manager Matt Hurley and local MAGSA growers.

As MAGSA enters a new phase of SGMA implementation, landowners will need to begin adjusting practices to contribute to overall sustainability goals of the service area. It is not a job for any one landowner, rather it will require a concerted group effort by a cooperative landowner base. Learn how MAGSA growers are now taking responsibility for reaching sustainability.  Click HERE to view MAGSA’s video.

Board Meeting November 4, 2020

The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

Meeting Agenda

Stakeholder Outreach Report

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order (N-29-20) and the declared State of Emergency, including social distancing directives as a result of the potential threat associated with the COVID-19 virus, members of the Board of Directors and MAGSA will be participating in this meeting remotely.

This meeting will be held via ZOOM Web/Teleconference.

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