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Informational Fliers and Events:
Kings Subbasin – Groundwater Sustainability Plan Community Workshop
Monday, February 24, 2020
The upcoming community workshop is an opportunity to learn about SGMA implementation at the regional level. The workshop will include information about subbasin coordination, upcoming projects, and considering disadvantaged communities. A panel of GSA leaders will discuss how the Kings Subbasin plans to coordinate, and what they are set out to accomplish during the first two years of implementing Groundwater Sustainability Plans.
For more information click below to view the flyer.
Groundwater Sustainability Plan Community Workshop Flyer
Executive Director interview on HmongUSA TV – January 7, 2020
North Kings GSA Executive Director Kassy Chauhan was invited to talk with Blong Xiong, Executive Director of the Asian Business Institute & Resource Center (ABIRC), about North Kings GSA, SGMA and its potential impacts on Southeast Asian farmers within North Kings GSA’s boundary. The interview was an episode of the ABIRC Hour on HmongUSA TV, and was translated in real time for viewers. North Kings GSA is thankful for the opportunity to share information with HmongUSA TV’s audience.
News Release – November 22, 2019
North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency Board of Directors unanimously adopts Groundwater Sustainability Plan in compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Read news release
Public Hearing – November 21, 2019
The North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s (NKGSA) Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019, to consider adoption of the North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan. Location: Fresno Irrigation District offices, 2907 S Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93725. Members of the public who wish to speak are invited to fill out comment cards upon arrival. Speakers will be called in the order comment cards are received. Translation services for Spanish and Hmong speaking attendees will be available. On November 18, 2019, the public hearing agenda will be posted.
Following NKGSA Board adoption of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan, it, along with the Groundwater Sustainability Plans of the other six Groundwater Sustainability Agencies within the Kings Subbasin, will be submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA). Within 20 days of receipt of all GSPs for an individual subbasin, the Department is required to post all GSPs for that geographic area on the Department’s website, then open a public comment period of no less than 60 days. The Department is not required to reply to submitted comments, but will consider them as part of evaluation of submitted GSPs (DWR Emergency Regulations § 353.8. Comments). Comments submitted to DWR are relayed to a representative of the applicable subbasin for their reference.
News Release – September 12, 2019
The North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s (NKGSA) Board of Directors has appointed Kassy Chauhan as the NKGSA’s next Executive Officer. Read news release
NKGSA Groundwater Sustainability Plan Open House Meetings
Three meetings have been scheduled to provide a private domestic well operators an overview of the GSP and assist participants in their development of written comments to the document. Each meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and will include information applicable to certain areas.
Meeting No. 1
Geographic Focus: Unincorporated areas outside of Fresno Irrigation District
Where: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
Meeting Presentation Slides
Meetings No. 2 & 3
Geographic Focus: Unincorporated areas within Fresno Irrigation District
Where: Fairmont Elementary School, 3095 No. Greenwood Ave., Sanger, CA
When: Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
Where: CPDES Portuguese Hall, 172 W. Jefferson Ave., Fresno, CA
When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
Fairmont Elementary Meeting Presentation Slides
Easton CPDES Hall Meeting Presentation Slides
FOX26 Town Hall: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Where: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA
When: 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019.
Click to view program and other meeting details: KMPH FOX26
NKGSA Groundwater Sustainability Workshop
Where: West Park School District, Multipurpose Room, 2695 S. Valentine Ave., Fresno CA
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019
NKGSA Open House and Workshop: Got Well Water?
Where: Century Elementary School
When: 6 -8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
North Kings GSA Public Outreach Plan (Version: May 24, 2018)
SGMA and Groundwater Users Working Together
Produced by Self-Help Enterprise with funding through the Proposition 1 Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 via an agreement with the California Department of Water Resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can you participate?
A: The North Kings GSA will develop and implement a groundwater sustainability plan in coordination with the public, landowners, well owners, agencies and other stakeholders. To guide outreach activities aimed to build broad community awareness of SGMA and encourage active participation during plan development process by the public and stakeholder, the North Kings GSA Board of Directors has adopted and implemented a Public Outreach Plan For more information about this plan and related documents, visit the Groundwater Sustainability Plan page of this website. To be kept up to date with planning activities for this region, join our Interested Parties Database. You are also invited to attend and participate at the monthly meetings of the North Kings GSA Board of Directors and its Advisory Committee.
Q: What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)?
A: The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act was passed in 2014 by the State legislature to mandate sustainable groundwater management in portions of California determined to be a medium- or high-priority to overdraft. Click HERE for more information.
Q: Who is responsible for managing groundwater supplies under the Act?
A: The State legislature developed the Act with the intent for sustainable groundwater management by local and regional agencies, with oversight by the state. Local public agencies eligible to function as a GSA as those with “water supply, water management, or land use responsibilities within a groundwater basin California Water Code Section 10721(n).”
Q: What is the North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA)?
A: The North Kings GSA is a joint powers agency formed in Dec. 2016 to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act for a northern portion of the Kings Subbasin. Local public agencies to adopt the JPA are Fresno Irrigation District, Garfield Water District, International Water District, Biola Community Services District, City of Kerman, City of Clovis, City of Fresno, and County of Fresno. Additional agencies accepted to the JPA through separate binding agreement include Bakman Water Company and Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District.
Q: Who are the other GSAs in our region?
A: The North Kings GSA is located in the Kings Subbasin, a hydrologic region that includes portions of Fresno, Tulare and Kings Counties. Five additional GSAs have been formed or are in the formation process in this area and include Consolidated Irrigation District GSA, James Irrigation District GSA, Kings River East GSA, McMullin Group GSA and North Fork Kings GSA.
Q: What happens if a portion of the subbasin does not comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act?
A: Subbasins that are not in full compliance with the Act are subject to intervention by the State Water Resources Control Board. The Board can, at its discretion, place a subbasin on probationary status or assume responsibility for sustainable groundwater management in the subbasin until it is replaced by an eligible local public agency.
Q: What are the consequences if the State Board intervenes?
A: Intervention by the State Board would take away the ability of local public agencies, on behalf of our ratepayers and other stakeholders, to implement sustainable groundwater management. The Board has stated its primary management action would be to limit pumping based on what it assumes is a safe yield. To fund monitoring and enforcement, the Act allows the State Board to levee fees in areas it intervenes. The Board is considering a fee structure of $300 per well and extraction fees of $25 to $35 per acre foot.
Q: Can non-compliant GSA be carved out of the Kings Subbasin?
A: Not likely. Changes to subbasin boundaries are primarily science-based. The North Kings GSA is committed to work with our sister GSAs to comply with SGMA and will coordinate with DWR as appropriate.
Q: Are state or federal grant funds available to help pay for developing a groundwater sustainability plan?
A: Grant funding applications are expected to be released this summer by the Department of Water Resources. The Department has indicated that it may issue only one grant fund for each sub-basin. The North Kings GSA is collaborating with other sub-basin GSA leaders to explore a joint application.
Q: Is there a baseline year for measuring sustainability?
A: The regulations do not require groundwater conditions to return to conditions of a specific year. The regulations do require each basin to reach sustainability. Each GSA will determine the undesirable results and minimum thresholds allowed to reach sustainability.