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.
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.