Introduction

The Kings Subbasin is located in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley with the majority of surface water being supplied from the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers. The North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency (NKGSA) is one of seven GSAs within the Kings Groundwater Subbasin (DWR Bulletin 118: 5-022.8). Through its various surface water resources and several decades of proactive groundwater recharge activities, this portion of the Kings Basin have not experienced significant overdraft conditions experienced elsewhere in the basin. Drought and other challenges, however, have contributed to a gradual decline in overall groundwater conditions that will be address through development of a sustainability plan for the North Kings region.

Objectives

The North Kings GSA, consistent with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, is developing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan targeted for completion before the legislated deadline of January 31, 2020. This document will be developed in compliance with the California Department of Water Resources’ Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations. Developed pursuant to Water Code Section 10733.2, the regulations describe the components of groundwater sustainability plans, intra-basin coordination agreements, and the methods and criteria to be used by DWR to evaluate those plans and coordination agreements.

Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan Public Review

The North Kings GSA has prepared a draft groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) that is ready for public review.   The official 60 day written public comment period will conclude at the end of the day on October 18, 2019.  The North Kings GSA will hold a Public Hearing on November 21, 2019 to consider the adoption of the GSP.

The draft of the GSP can be downloaded here:
Full Document

The draft GSP can also be downloaded by section:
Executive Summary
1 – Introduction
2 – Plan Area
3 – Basin Setting
4 – Sustainable Management Criteria
5 – Monitoring Network
6 – Projects and Management Action
7 – Plan Implementation

A hard copy of the draft GSP will be available for review at the Fresno Irrigation District office and the following Fresno County libraries:

  • Biola Branch Library – 4885 N Biola Ave, Fresno, CA 93723
  • Clovis Branch Library – 1155 5th St, Clovis, CA 93612
  • Easton Branch Library – 25 E Fantz Ave, Fresno, CA 93706
  • Henry Madden Library (CSU, Fresno) – 5200 N Barton Ave, Fresno, CA 93740

Groundwater Sustainability Plan Comments Received

NKGSA received comments on its draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).  All comments are provided here on NKGSA’s website to provide transparency to any interested person or organization about the GSP and comments offered by stakeholders.  NKGSA gives due consideration to all comments and will continue to consider comments as NKGSA implements the GSP.  NKGSA understands that new or different data will develop, and new or different comments might arise.  Accordingly, NKGSA recognizes that modifications to its GSP implementation policies or efforts might be appropriate in the future.  NKGSA looks forward to working with stakeholders to implement SGMA.

North Kings GSP Comment Letters – Combined

Inter/Intra-basin Coordination

Coordination Agreement

Consistent with the DWR Groundwater Sustainability Plan Emergency Regulations, an intra-basin coordination agreement is required to be submitted in subbasins where two or more Groundwater Sustainability Plans are developed. In addition to the North Kings GSA, six additional Groundwater Sustainability Plans are under development in the Kings Subbasin by the following GSAs:

Central Kings GSA
James Irrigation District GSA
Kings River East GSA
McMullin Area GSA
North Fork Kings GSA
South Kings GSA

Development of this document is underway via a cost-share agreement executed among all GSAs in the subbasin.