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Kings Subbasin continues coordinated efforts to revise GSP and address corrective actions by January 2025 update

The Kings Subbasin, including the North Kings GSA, continues its highly coordinated effort toward groundwater sustainability, with a focus on addressing the 12 corrective actions on its Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) from the CA Department of Water Resources (DWR).  While the Kings Subbasin GSAs received approval on its GSPs, they must address these corrective actions to maintain the approval and proceed with local control over the SGMA implementation process.

The Kings Subbasin is working to address all corrective actions and submit its revised GSPs to CA DWR by the next key Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) milestone – the January 2025 GSP update. All GSP revisions are being made as part of the coordinated effort between the seven Kings Subbasin GSAs.

A public comment period on the North Kings GSA’s revised GSP will begin in October, with a scheduled adoption by all GSAs between December 2024 and January 2025 before submitting the updated versions to DWR by January 31, 2025.

As part of the revisions, the Kings Subbasin must address data gaps in its GSPs. The seven Kings Subbasin GSAs are working to address these data gaps by conducting groundwater data studies, including a study on the confined aquifer and a study on the interconnected surface water streams. Efforts to complete these studies are underway:

  • The Kings Subbasin is coordinating with the Madera Subbasin, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Friant Water Authority to collect data needed to compete the interconnected surface water study.
  • Several Kings Subbasin GSAs, including North Kings GSA and North Fork Kings GSA, established a well registration program aimed at filling data gaps.

Additionally, the Kings Subbasin is making advancements on its domestic Well Mitigation Program (as described here), aimed at effectively addressing impacts to domestic wells resulting from groundwater overdraft. The Well Mitigation Program is anticipated to launch in October 2024.

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