IMPORTANT PUMPING CAP UPDATES

 PUBLIC REVIEW & COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED 

The Greater Kaweah GSA extended the public review and comment deadline on draft Rules and Regulations outlining a groundwater pumping cap through May 12th. Initially scheduled to end on April 26th, the Greater Kaweah GSA made the determination to extend the deadline to give landowners ample time to provide comments.

Written comments must be addressed to the Greater Kaweah GSA Board of Directors and can also be submitted by: Emailing info@greaterkaweahgsa.org or mailing or hand-delivering to the GKGSA office:

Board of Directors

Greater Kaweah GSA

2975 Farmersville Road

Farmersville, CA 93223

Comments can also be submitted through an online form HERE.


Landowner and stakeholder participation will help create a fair groundwater pumping cap program

Learn about upcoming local groundwater supply changes and how groundwater pumping caps will change landowners’ water management strategy.

The Greater Kaweah GSA Board conducted three initial public events to provide landowners an opportunity to learn about the proposed pumping cap policy leading to a formal 90-day public comment period scheduled to conclude in May 2022. An in-person workshop was hosted on January 5, 2022. Two informational webinars were hosted on December 3, 2021 and May 4, 2022. The workshop and webinar recordings and slides can be accessed below.

Landowners can prepare for a future pumping cap by getting involved now. Attend upcoming meetings, talk with staff and stakeholder committee and Board members, and sign up for e-updates (form to the right of this page). The Board is dedicated to navigating SGMA together as a local community, and we look forward to your input.

WEBINAR RECORDING & SLIDES

The Greater Kaweah GSA has hosted two informational Groundwater Pumping Cap Webinars have been hosted by the Greater Kaweah GSA. Access the webinar recordings and presentation slides below.

Latest Resources:

May 4, 2022 Webinar Presentation Slides

May 4, 2022 Webinar Recording

Older Resources:

December 3, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides

December 3, 2021 Webinar Recording

WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP

An informational Groundwater Pumping Cap Workshop was hosted on January 5, 2022 at 1:30 PM in person at the Tulare International Agri-Center and livestreamed online via Zoom. The presentation slides and workshop recording can be accessed below.

Groundwater Pumping Cap Workshop Presentation Slides

Groundwater Pumping Cap Workshop Recording (English)

Groundwater Pumping Cap Workshop Recording (Spanish)

💧 Groundwater Pumping Caps will Change Your Groundwater Management Strategy

Greater Kaweah GSA Pumping Caps

The Greater Kaweah GSA is developing a draft groundwater pumping cap proposal in anticipation of implementing a full pumping cap program in October 2022, however, emergency action may be required sooner if drought conditions continue.

The pumping cap program will change the way landowners manage the use of their groundwater supply by limiting the amount of groundwater that can be used over a period of time. The GSA Board’s goal is to develop a program that provides for equality and flexibility of all landowners in the Greater Kaweah GSA service area.

Graphic: DRAFT Groundwater Pumping Cap Proposal. All Gross Acreage Groundwater Users in GKGSA (Total pumping cap and Temporary Tier volumes not yet defined)

Why a Pumping Cap is Needed

Due to an oversubscribed dependence on groundwater in the Kaweah Subbasin, long-term analysis shows groundwater levels declining over the past 20 years and earlier. For the years 1997 to 2017, the region has experienced average groundwater declines in the range of 100 feet. The Kaweah Subbasin is currently estimated to have an annual average overdraft of approximately 80,000 acre-feet per year (an acre foot of water equals about 326,000 gallons of enough water to cover a football field 1-foot deep).

Due to the last two severely dry years, groundwater pumping has persisted and much more has been pumped from the aquifer than was replaced. This increased pumping has created a larger shortfall in groundwater levels than anticipated in the Greater Kaweah’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan adopted in January 2020. Although the Plan calls for a gradual reduction of the overdraft, pumping over the last two years requires more immediate actions to be taken through demand-side management if the short and long-term goals as submitted to the State are to be met. Compliance with SGMA is not optional and is best accomplished without State intervention.

How Do I Comment?

Comments on the Greater Kaweah GSA’s DRAFT Rules and Regulations document outlining a draft groundwater pumping cap proposal can be submitted through writing or an online comment form. The 90-day public comment period ends April 26th.

WRITTEN COMMENTS

Written comments must be addressed to the Greater Kaweah GSA Board of Directors and can be submitted by:

Board of Directors
Greater Kaweah GSA
2975 Farmersville Road
Farmersville, CA 93223

All written comments will be posted on the Greater Kaweah Pumping Cap webpage. (See sidebar titled: Public Comments on Rules and Regulations)

 

ONLINE COMMENT FORM

Comments can also be easily submitted through our online comment form HERE.

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is a State law that requires groundwater subbasins to achieve sustainability goals by 2040 through management and balance of groundwater supplies. SGMA has sever consequences to landowners if its requirements are not met, including more costly state intervention. Local management is needed to more equitably source this valuable resource for our local community for years to come. SGMA affects ALL users of groundwater.

Compliance with SGMA is not optional and is best accomplished locally. The Greater Kaweah GSA Board is dedicated to navigating SGMA together as a local community.

To identify if your property lies within the Greater Kaweah GSA, use the County of Tulare GSA Map Viewer Tool.

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