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Landowners Asked to Register Wells as Key Part of Broader Efforts to Keep Local Control Over Groundwater

The North Kings GSA is asking its landowners to register their production and domestic wells using a new Well Registration Portal. Well registration is an important part of the broader effort to keep local control over groundwater management under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by addressing data gaps.

The State identified the data gaps in its review of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) and although it approved the GSP, approval was conditional on the grounds that a plan be in motion to address the deficiencies by the next key SGMA deadline – the upcoming January 2025 GSP update.

Landowners’ action on well registration is needed to help fill these data gaps and enable local leadership, with the input of their stakeholders, to manage groundwater resources effectively.

The information collected through the well registration portal will be used for the purposes of managing groundwater resources locally, and is most immediately tied to the completion of groundwater studies required by the State.

The North Kings GSA values landowners’ privacy and will limit access to information on the Well Registration Portal to North Kings GSA management and its technical consultants who are assisting with the study. Data provided from landowners will not be disclosed to individuals, agencies, or the State in a way that ties the information back to the individual landowner.

For domestic wells registered on the portal, the data collected will enable the North Kings GSA to adequately plan for a new domestic well mitigation program, anticipated to launch in Summer 2024. Registration of private domestic wells will be required to be eligible for mitigation financial assistance for wells impacted by groundwater level declines.

Well registration applies to all landowners within the North Kings GSA who have a well on their property. To find out if your property resides within the North Kings GSA boundary, visit this map.

For assistance and questions regarding well registration, please contact the North Kings GSA at northkingsgsa@gmail.com or by calling (559) 233-7161 x. 7109.

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