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Landowners have begun registering wells, but more are needed to demonstrate local management of groundwater

The North Kings GSA is asking its landowners to register their agricultural production wells and domestic wells on the Well Registration Portal as part of ongoing local groundwater management. Well registration serves as 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 took issue with during its review of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).

While the North Kings GSA received approval on its GSP, the approval was conditional on the grounds that a plan be in motion to address data gaps by the next key SGMA deadline – the upcoming January 2025 GSP update.

Landowners’ participation in well registration is needed to begin to fill these data gaps and enable local leadership, with the input of stakeholders, to manage groundwater resources effectively.

Landowners have begun to register wells on the new Well Registration Portal, but much higher participation is needed to demonstrate active measures are in place to fill key data gaps and manage groundwater effectively over the long term.

The information collected through the well registration portal will be used for the purposes of managing groundwater resources locally and will also be used to support the long-term sustainable management of groundwater by improving its understanding of groundwater flows. This is an important piece that connects all the other activities and projects being undertaken to reach targets for groundwater sustainability by 2040.

For domestic wells registered, the data collected will enable the North Kings GSA to adequately plan for the new domestic well mitigation program. Registration of domestic wells will be required to be eligible for mitigation financial assistance for wells impacted by groundwater level declines. 

Visit the well registration webpage to learn more about well registration.

For questions or assistance with well registration, please contact the North Kings GSA Executive Officer Kassy Chauhan at (559) 233-7161 x. 7109 or email northkingsgsa@gmail.com.

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