In response to California’s recent drought conditions and increased reliance upon groundwater, in November 2014, the state legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) collectively contained in Senate Bill’s (SB) 1168 and SB 1319, and Assembly Bill (AB) 1739. The SGMA mandates that groundwater basins designated by Department of Water Resources as high or medium priority develop groundwater sustainability plans (“GSP”) to become sustainable. The Kern Sub-unit of the Tulare Lake Basin, overlying the valley portion of Kern County, is designated as high priority. The development of the GSP is to occur through one or more local public agencies that has water supply, water management or land use responsibilities within a groundwater basin.
Prior to enactment of the SGMA, the Kern Groundwater Authority (“Groundwater Authority”) was established to provide a framework for the active, comprehensive management of the groundwater basin underlying the valley portion of Kern County, to preserve and maintain local control (“self-determination”) of groundwater resources and provide long term surety for all basin users.
With passage of the SGMA, the Groundwater Authority seeks to coordinate local groundwater management efforts and is working with its members to determine the most cost effective and efficient way of meeting the new requirements of the SGMA.
Board of Director Meetings: Kern Groundwater Authority's board meetings are held at 8 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month, location to be determined, but will be posted prior to each meeting. Board agendas are posted monthly on the Board of Directors page.
Please Note: Due to the directives from the Governor and the President regarding public gatherings and public distancing in response to COVID-19, along with a light KGA Board approval items (February minutes and financials), the KGA has decided to cancel its March meeting. The April meeting remains on calendar at this point. Please contact Patty Poire for additional information.
75-Day Public Comment Period Now Open on KGA's Groundwater Sustainability Plan: The KGA's Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) is now open to public comment for 75 days through the Department of Water Resources (DWR). The public comment period will close on May 4, 2020, and comments are accepted through the DWR's SGMA Portal. The full GSP is available on the the SGMA Portal page, or on the KGA's GSP page.
Stakeholders Meetings: The 2020 meeting dates for the Kern Groundwater Authority's Stakeholder meetings (formerly referred to as the Coordination Committee) are posted on the Stakeholders page.
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