At the July 10, 2019 Board Meeting, the MAGSA Board approved opening the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) 90-day public review and comment period. Members of the public are invited to take part in this important process by reviewing a copy of the GSP document, available for download on MAGSA’s website at mcmullinarea.org/gspcomment, and submitting comments.
Input from the public is important as GSP policies and plans will impact stakeholders in the region for the years to come. The GSP documents historic and current conditions, and defines a path forward for how groundwater will be sustainably managed.
First in the Kings Subbasin to release a full draft GSP, MAGSA staff and consultants are intent to allow ample time to consider comments and make any necessary revisions to the draft prior to submittal to the State by the January 31, 2020 deadline.
The MAGSA Board and staff have welcomed broad public participation in the development of the draft GSP over the last two years, holding numerous public GSP technical update meetings to provide an in-depth look at GSP progress. Technical consultants and the Board consistently present the opportunity for members of the public to provide guiding feedback on the GSP’s components during Board Meetings. MAGSA hopes to continue this trend of public participation through the official 90-day public review and comment period.
Stakeholders can submit comments a number of ways: an online comment form at mcmullinarea.org/gspcommentform, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail/hand deliver to the MAGSA office in Kerman (275 S Madera Ave., Suite 301, Kerman 93630).
The review period will conclude at the MAGSA Public Hearing set to take place Wednesday, October 16th at 2:10 pm at the Kerman Community Center.
Click below to download the GSP, and to find more information regarding the Public Review period.
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MAGSA’s Technical Advisory Committee completed their review of the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).
Committee members have given many hours of invaluable GSP draft review and comment as a service to their fellow landowners. Members of the Committee which includes landowners, a County representative, technical consultants and staff, and two Board members, met over the last two years to provide guidance and input on GSP development. The Committee was formed by the Board in August of 2017.
The full Board will review and release the GSP for public review at the July 10th meeting.
Panelists discuss complexity of the nearly 1 million acre service area
June 10, Riverdale – A community discussion on groundwater and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) highlighted the complexity of the groundwater Subbasin that covers nearly 1 million acres and gave attendees a better understanding of how groundwater quality will be monitored in the Kings Subbasin.
GSA leaders representing five Kings Subbasin GSAs participated in a panel discussion, emphasizing the feat to coordinate and map out groundwater conditions in a Subbasin that includes 7 GSAs. Panelists included Gary Serrato, Executive Officer, North Kings GSA; Matt Hurley, General Manager, McMullin Area GSA; Steven Stadler, Administrator, James Irrigation District GSA; Mark McKean, Chair, North Fork Kings GSA; Chad Wegley, Administrator, Kings River East GSA; and Ronald (Ronnie) Samuelian, Kings Subbasin Coordinator and Principal Engineer, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group.
Panelists discussed their plans to monitor water quality as it relates to groundwater pumping. Under SGMA, GSAs are required to ensure water quality degradation resulting from groundwater pumping is not significant and unreasonable. The Kings Subbasin GSA leaders emphasized water quality concerns are localized and must be individually looked at due to high variability; there is no one-size-fits-all management tool or threshold for the Subbasin.
Panelists also noted the GSAs will be looking for changes in trends, not one-time spikes in water quality measurements, to determine if there is a water quality concern that needs to be addressed. The GSAs have outlined a network of wells that will be used to monitor water quality moving forward. In many cases this well network is similar to the network used by existing water quality regulating programs, such as the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program that monitors nitrates for irrigated agriculture.
Additional workshop topics included an overview of SGMA, groundwater conditions in the Kings Subbasin, and why it is important for rural communities to participate in groundwater planning. The workshop was hosted by the Kings River Conservation District in association with Self-Help Enterprises.
The MAGSA Board of Directors will meet for a Board GSP Workshop on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 PM. The Workshop will take place at the MAGSA office, 275 S. Madera Ave., Suite 301, Kerman, CA 93630
Don Cameron, MAGSA Board Chair, hosted a public tour of the McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture and Recharge Project at Terranova Ranch following the meeting of the California Water Commission on May 15th in Kerman. California Water Commissioners Armando Quintero, Carol Baker, and Maria Herrera joined the tour.
The tour group visited several sites along the project, still under construction. Once completed the project will provide an opportunity to capture available flood flows onto farm land to mitigate downstream flood risks and provide for groundwater recharge.
An important tool in the SGMA toolbox, groundwater recharge projects have the potential in years of excess surface water supply to offset groundwater pumping.
The McMullin project proved an excellent example for leaders of the California Water Commission to see the innovative solutions that will bring progress to sustainability efforts in the Central Valley.
MAGSA’s raffle contest concluded at the May 13th Open House, where the winning name of the YETI cooler was drawn. The raffle winner Jacob Niederquell grows almonds in the northern area of MAGSA.
Those on MAGSA’s Interested Persons email list were entered into the raffle for a chance to win the YETI cooler.
Thank you to our raffle sponsor, HP Water Systems for the generous YETI cooler donation.
Congrats to our winner, Jacob Niederquell!
MAGSA is a co-sponsor of the upcoming Thursday, May 23 FOX26 live Town Hall: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and will be represented on the panel by North Fork Kings GSA Board Chair, Mark McKean. Other panelists include:
- Gary Serrato, North Kings GSA
- Johnny Amaral, Friant Water Authority
- Mario Santoyo, San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority
- Thomas Esqueda, California Water Institute
The public is welcome to join the audience in-person at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District or watch from the comfort of their homes. The event will air live on FOX26 from 6:00-7:00 pm and will be streamed live on KMPH.com and the FOX26 mobile app. If you plan to attend as an audience member, it is recommended you arrive around 5:30 pm to secure a seat.
There will be a live audience and viewers will be able to submit questions using a special text number.
In an effort to identify and prioritize stakeholder concerns relating to potential impacts that may result from groundwater conditions, MAGSA conducted a survey. The survey asked participants to rank potential effects that can occur across five sustainability indicators (in bold below) from most important to avoid to least important to avoid.
Top responses across the five sustainability indicators for the effects most important to avoid are:
- Reduction in groundwater storage: need to drill new wells
- Degraded water quality: impact to crop yield, water treatment for domestic use
- Land subsidence: damage to wells, damage to infrastructure
- Chronic lowering of groundwater levels: irrigation wells becoming unproductive, reduction of well pumping capacity
- Interconnected surface water depletion: concern the trees and riparian habitat will dry up
Survey results ensure stakeholder concerns are considered in MAGSA’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan.