Visalia is giving citizens interested in helping manage the area’s underground resources more time to apply for the Mid-Kaweah GSA.
GSAs, or Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, 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.
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.
Originally due at the end of January, the City of Visalia has extended its application deadline for interested citizens. Applications are now due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. For questions, contact Michelle Nicholson, City of Visalia Chief Deputy City Clerk at (559) 713-4512.