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Growers Are Required to Install Meters & Telemetry by January 31, 2025. Apply for Financial Assistance Soon.

If you are a landowner in the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) with wells producing more than 2 acre-feet of water annually, you are required to install meters and telemetry on your wells by January 31, 2025. To alleviate some of the costs associated with this requirement, MAGSA has developed a Rebate Program and negotiated discounts with several irrigation companies.

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Well Mitigation Policy Approved, Rules & Regulations Available for Public Comment

The MAGSA Board of Directors approved a Domestic Well Mitigation Policy and is now asking the public to review draft Implementing Rules and Regulations for the policy. These draft Rules & Regulations outline how MAGSA will meet the needs of landowners in the GSA whose domestic wells go dry or fall within ten feet of going dry due to lowering groundwater levels. The Rules & Regulations outline the eligibility criteria for domestic well owners to receive assistance, the application process, and the different mitigation measures MAGSA may provide. 

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After Three Years of Drought, 2023 Annual Report Reveals Record Recharge Numbers

2023 was a record water year for the Kings Subbasin! Annual Report data reflects the positive impact of the wet year on the basin’s groundwater levels after three consecutive years of drought, while also indicating there is more work to be done in pursuit of long-term sustainability.

With more surface water available, groundwater use decreased by 54% compared to the average use in the previous three water years. Groundwater storage increased by 1.28 million acre-feet, partially thanks to the recharge projects throughout the Kings Subbasin.

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Learn Water-Saving Irrigation Strategies: Register for May 16th Webinar

This irrigation season, how can you save water through practical scheduling and maintenance techniques? Attend an upcoming webinar on May 16th from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM hosted by MAGSA and Fresno State University’s Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) to learn more! During this webinar, you will hear a helpful presentation and ask questions of a local irrigation expert, Dr. Khaled Bali, the Irrigation Water Management Specialist at the University of California Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

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Congressman Duarte Visits McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Project

Earlier this month, Congressman John Duarte toured the Terranova Ranch, Inc. McMullin On-Farm Flood Capture Project with MAGSA’s Managers, Matt Hurley and Cristel Tufenkjian, and Board Chair, Don Cameron. 

In his recent newsletter, Congressman Duarte states: “[This project] successfully diverted the Kings River floodwaters, reducing the risk of flooding for the communities of Firebaugh and Mendota. Additionally, this effort put 19,000 acre-feet of water back into the groundwater basin. With communities in my District at risk of flooding, these solutions are important to protecting the health and safety of our residents.”

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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.

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MAGSA and Fresno State Launching Grower Irrigation Academy

The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno and MAGSA are partnering to launch the first Grower Irrigation Academy, a program designed to support MAGSA farmers in implementing efficient irrigation and nutrition management practices. The Grower Irrigation Academy will provide growers with workshops, webinars, videos, field days, and interactive tools focused on:

→ Collecting and interpreting soil and water sensor data
→ Regulated deficit irrigation strategies and tools, tailored for the MAGSA area
→ Irrigation system maintenance
→ Soil field capacity, permanent wilting point, and other information about soil-water-plant-atmosphere relationships
→ Fertilizer recommendations that meet local guidelines 

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MAGSA Landowners Begin to Apply for Meter and Telemetry Rebate

Landowners in the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) have begun installing meters and telemetry and applying for rebates through the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program.

MAGSA landowners with wells producing more than 2 acre-feet of water annually are required to install meters on those wells by January 31, 2025. MAGSA policy also states that remote telemetry is an additional requirement. 

To lessen the financial burden of these requirements, MAGSA has designed a Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program. The Rebate Program provides financial assistance (approximately a 40% rebate) to landowners to complete the meter and telemetry installation requirements. The rebate program includes a discount on a 1-year subscription for monitoring. MAGSA has also negotiated a discount on the cost of a meter and installation with some local irrigation companies. For an updated list of irrigation dealers offering discounts and to learn more about the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program, click the button below.

Reminder: EQIP Funding Deadline is February 16, 2024

The extended deadline to apply for financial support through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  MAGSA EQIP WaterSMART funding pool is February 16, 2024. 

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, an applicant must own or lease and manage their land and have an average gross income of $900,000 or less. Eligible projects may include: water delivery automation & monitoring; irrigation water management & conveyance; sprinkler irrigation systems, & more. MAGSA has created an Application Guide to support landowners through the entire EQIP WaterSMART application process. Click the button below to download the guide.

Important Note: MAGSA landowners cannot receive financial support through both the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program and EQIP WaterSMART because both are federal funding sources. Choose the funding opportunity you feel is best for your farming operation!

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