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Groundwater agency’s advisory committee holds first meeting

Groundwater agency’s advisory committee holds first meeting

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visalia – The citizen’s advisory committee for Tulare County’s first groundwater agency held its first meeting on Monday.

The Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Advisory Committee met on May 9 at the Tulare Irrigation District offices. The meeting, which was open to the public, was held after press time but was a significant milestone as agencies begin drafting their plans to manage the underground water supply in each basin.

GSAs are being formed up and down the state to manage groundwater in regional water basins in order to comply with the State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) which requires these regional agencies draft and approve a Groundwater Sustainability Plan by Jan. 31, 2020.

Last March, the City of Visalia, the City of Tulare and the Tulare Irrigation District finalized a joint powers agreement to form the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). As the GSA makes plans to manage groundwater levels, water recharge and storage facilities for water consumers, the Advisory Committee will serve the greater GSA as a tool to help shape the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Mid-Kaweah region.

“In late March of this year, the City of Visalia, the City of Tulare and the Tulare Irrigation District finalized the decision to form the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA),” says Michael Olmos, City Manager, City of Visalia.

“We need the public’s ideas and input, now the time has come to recruit citizens to serve on the GSA’s Advisory Committee.”

In order to serve on the Advisory Committee, individuals must be residents or associated with a business in the Mid-Kaweah area. Members representing the agricultural community, government agencies, environmental interests and disadvantaged communities are sought, as well as members at large. The Advisory Committee will consist of seven to 11 members. All applications will be reviewed by the GSA Management Committee, after which time recommendations for appointment will be made to the GSA Board.

Applications are available now from the City of Tulare at 411 E Kern Ave. Tulare, CA 93274 or online at www.tulare.ca.gov, from the Tulare Irrigation District at 6826 Avenue 240, Tulare, CA 93274 or online at www.tulareid.org, and from the City of Visalia at 220 N. Santa Fe St. Visalia, CA 93292 or online at www.visalia.city/news/default.asp.

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