Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

SGMA

SGMA (pronounced sigmah), or the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, was signed into law by former California Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. SGMA consists of three legislative bills: SB 1168, SB 1319 and AB 1739 which together serve the purpose of achieving sustainability of groundwater resources in California. Local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) were identified as the best path forward to managing and mitigating groundwater at the local level. SGMA requires the creation of groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) to be developed by these local agencies in coordination with adjacent GSAs for the sustainability of the underground aquifer. All groundwater basins designated as high and medium priority must be managed by 2022, or by 2020 if the basin is critically overdrafted.

Sustainability
Goal

Sustainable Groundwater
Management

GSP Implementation

Sustainable Yield

Achieved by 2040/42
Avoid Undesirable Results

Significant and Unreasonable

Undesirable Results

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 Lowering
GW Levels
 

 Seawater
Intrusion
 

 Reduction
of Storage
 

Degraded Quality 

Land  Subsidence 

Surface Water  Depletion 

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North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency (NKGSA)

SGMA (pronounced sigmah), or the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, was signed into law by former California Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. SGMA consists of three legislative bills: SB 1168, SB 1319 and AB 1739 which together serve the purpose of achieving sustainability of groundwater resources in California. Local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) were identified as the best path forward to managing and mitigating groundwater at the local level. SGMA requires the creation of groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) to be developed by these local agencies in coordination with adjacent GSAs for the sustainability of the underground aquifer. All groundwater basins designated as high and medium priority must be managed by 2022, or by 2020 if the basin is critically overdrafted.

FID Builds Towards Sustainability

At FID, sustainability is key to our groundwater management efforts as it affects the future of our community, water users, and the next generation. As an organization, FID also encourages conservation as the path forward for all water users.

 

FID’s sustainability efforts include adding 150 acres of additional recharge basins since 2020 when the North Kings GSA’s GSP was submitted. Plans to add another 420 acres of recharge basins to capture up to an additional 30,000 acre-feet of floodwaters in 16 projects identified by FID in the North Kings GSA GSP project list. FID’s surface water supply and projects to recharge groundwater have helped put FID in a very favorable position to achieve sustainability.

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