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The North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is a Joint Powers Authority formed in December 2016 through adoption of a Joint Powers Agreement by the following public agencies: Fresno Irrigation District, the County of Fresno, the City of Fresno, the City of Clovis, the City of Kerman, Biola Community Services District, Garfield Water District, and International Water District. Following adoption, these founding members approved membership of Bakman Water Company and the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District through separate binding agreements.

The North Kings GSA’s jurisdiction includes a portion of the Kings Subbasin (DWR Bulletin 118) that includes the service areas of member agencies consistent with requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. The roles and responsibilities of member agencies are discussed in the North Kings GSA Joint Powers Agreement.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Signed into law in 2014, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) provides a framework for local governments and water agencies to manage groundwater resources through the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. The North Kings GSA is authorized under SGMA to develop, adopt, and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the sustainable management of groundwater in a portion of the Kings Subbasin. It is one of over 250 newly formed agencies in California formed and tasked with achieving balanced groundwater supply by 2040. The North Kings GSA is one of seven GSAs in the Kings Subbasin.

September 16, 2014

SGMA Signed Into Law

On September 16, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a three-bill legislative package collectively known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). For the first time, California has a framework for sustainable groundwater management through the formation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies tasked with implementing a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

September 16, 2014
December 7, 2016

North Kings GSA Forms

The North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency forms as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to implement SGMA.

December 7, 2016
January 28, 2020

North Kings GSA Adopts Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Development and implementation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan is a requirement of SGMA. The State law requires all high- or medium-priority and critically overdrafted subbasin GSAs to develop and submit a GSP to the California Department of Water Resources for review by January 31, 2020.

January 28, 2020
April 1, 2020

First Annual Report Submitted to the State

The North Kings GSA together with the six other GSAs in the Kings Subbasin submitted the first Annual Report to the California Department of Water Resources. The Annual Report serves to inform and update both the State and stakeholders in the Kings Subbasin on groundwater conditions and sustainability progress. Annual Reports are due to the State on April 1 of every year.

April 1, 2020
December 31, 2040

Groundwater Sustainability Achieved

The North Kings GSA must achieve the groundwater sustainability by 2040. Coordination between the North Kings GSA and the six other Kings Subbasin GSAs is ongoing to achieve the collective goals of sustainability on behalf of landowners and stakeholders.

December 31, 2040

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