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Author: Ashley Goldsmith

MAGSA Awarded $2.8 Million Grant for Meters, Telemetry & Weather Stations through Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – On April 21, 2023, the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) was awarded a $2.8 million grant through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program to help fund the purchase and installation of electromagnetic flow meters with telemetry for 925 groundwater wells, along with six weather stations in the region.

“You can’t accurately manage what you don’t measure,” says MAGSA’s General Manager, Matt Hurley. “Real-time groundwater data will assist growers in their on-farm water management decisions and allow MAGSA to more effectively achieve groundwater sustainability by 2040.”

The installation of flow meters and telemetry will drastically improve water management within MAGSA and is expected to result in annual water savings of 20,508 acre-feet as a result of reduced pumping. 

MAGSA’s Precision Metering with Real-Time Remote Telemetry project was awarded alongside 83 others in 15 western states for a total of $140 million in water conservation and efficiency projects. 

Earning the grant award represents MAGSA’s determined pursuit to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) with a landowner-first approach, minimizing the out-of-pocket costs associated with implementing on-farm tools for groundwater management.

The grant funding will be used to implement MAGSA’s meter and telemetry incentive program for growers who registered their wells with the agency. MAGSA growers will receive further details on the incentive program details in coming months.

Groundwater sustainability is only possible through collaboration with landowners, regional partners, and the state. MAGSA is committed to pursuing grant funding and other creative opportunities to support landowners in working toward a sustainable future for generations to come.

Proposition 218 Public Hearing June 7, 2023

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (“MAGSA”) will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kerman Community Center, 15101 W. Kearney Blvd., Kerman, CA 93630 to consider the extension of the existing $19 per-acre charge. The charge is the result of a detailed budget analysis and an independent professional Fee Study Report prepared to determine the appropriateness of the charge amount.

Learn more HERE.

A través del presente notificamos que la Junta Directiva de la McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (“MAGSA”) llevará a cabo una audiencia pública el miércoles, 7 de junio de 2023 a las 2:00 p.m. en el Kerman Community Center, 15101 W. Kearney Blvd., Kerman, CA 93630 con el propósito de poner en consideración la ampliación del cargo fijo existente de $19 por acre. El cargo fijo es el resultado de un detallado análisis presupuestario y de un Informe sobre el Estudio de Cuotas profesional independiente realizado para determinar la pertinencia de los montos de las cuotas.

Más información aquí.

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