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Author: Ashley Goldsmith

Public comment period on revised Groundwater Sustainability Plans ends September 30

All Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) in the Kings Subbasin, including MAGSA, submitted their revised Groundwater Sustainability Plans to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) by the July 27, 2022 deadline. These plans were posted on the DWR SGMA Portal and are open to public comment through September 30, 2022.

About MAGSA’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan: MAGSA is authorized by the 2014 California law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), to develop, adopt, and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the area it serves. A GSP is a plan outlining a region’s strategy to achieve groundwater sustainability.

The development and implementation of GSPs is a phased, iterative process. It includes key periods where the Plans are reviewed and refined. MAGSA is committed to actively communicating and engaging with stakeholders throughout all phases of this process. Please contact MAGSA with any regional groundwater or GSP-related questions!

Resources available to help MAGSA growers apply for grant funding

Up to $1 million in grant funding is available annually through 2026 for MAGSA growers as part of NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) WaterSMART Initiative.

To support growers in applying for this funding, MAGSA hosted an educational webinar on August 10 in partnership with the Farm Service Agency and NRCS where 44 participants learned more about eligibility requirements, projects they can receive funding for, important application steps, and more. The MAGSA team also developed a digital Application Guide to walk growers through the entire EQIP application process.

EQIP WaterSMART Application: Pathway to Success

The recommended EQIP application period is October 1st through December 1st, 2022. Before submitting an NRCS EQIP application, MAGSA growers must enroll in the Farm Service Agency as soon as possible.

Once MAGSA growers have completed their EQIP application forms, they will need to submit them to NRCS. MAGSA is hosting four Application Drop-Off events so growers can drop off their forms in Kerman rather than the Fresno NRCS field office. Growers can also attend to receive application feedback directly from an NRCS Soil Conservationist. 

These EQIP Application Drop-Off events are happening from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM at the Kerman Community Center on the following Fridays:

  • October 14
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18

Board Meeting September 7, 2022

The Regular Meeting of the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency Board of Directors scheduled for September 7, 2022 has been cancelled.

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for September 7, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kerman Community Center.

Board Agenda

Outreach Report

Board Meeting July 6, 2022

The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, 2022 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 furtherance of the Agency’s encouragement of proactive protections, including social distancing directives, as a result of the potential threat associated with the COVID-19 virus and its variants, 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 written comment on any subject appearing on this Agenda.

ZOOM DETAILS ARE ON THE AGENDA

Meeting Materials:

Board Agenda

Stakeholder Outreach Report

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