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Kings Subbasin Prepares for 2025 Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) Update

In March 2023, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced the Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for the Kings Subbasin, which includes MAGSA and 6 other GSAs, were recommended for approval. The Kings Subbasin is working diligently with DWR to report on their progress and include any additional corrective actions recommended by DWR in the 2025 GSP periodic update.

About the GSP Process:
The Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) is a requirement of the 2014 California law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). A GSP outlines a region’s strategy to achieve groundwater sustainability by 2040.

The Kings Subbasin GSAs developed and submitted their initial GSPs to DWR in January 2020. DWR had two years to review the original GSPs. On January 28, 2022, DWR deemed 12 of the 21 critically-over drafted basin GSPs, including the Kings Subbasin GSPs, incomplete.

The Kings Subbasin GSAs, including MAGSA, the North Fork Kings, Kings River East, North Kings, James, South Kings, and Central Kings GSAs, worked diligently and collaboratively to review DWR’s notes on what changes needed to be made. The Kings Subbasin GSAs submitted their revised GSPs in July 2022.

On March 2, 2023, DWR announced which subbasins’ revised GSPs were recommended for approval and which subbasins’ GSPs were inadequate. Subbasins with inadequate GSPs have transitioned  to the State Water Board for State intervention and oversight at this point, with the ultimate goal still being to have all subbasins return to local management. Subbasins with GSPs recommended for approval adequately refined their sustainable groundwater management criteria and made appropriate corrections to their plans in relation to the analysis of groundwater levels, water quality, and inter-connected surface waters.

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