The South Fork Kings GSA is coordinating with the other five GSAs of the Tulare Lake Subbasin to complete a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) by the state-mandated deadline of January 31, 2020. Although the subbasin will submit a single GSP that outlines the path toward sustainability, the South Fork Kings GSA’s contribution will ensure local issues, projects and management actions are included.
The GSP schedule is pictured below (click to enlarge). Drafted chapters, Plan Area and Basin Setting, provide a foundational framework to establish the Sustainable Management Criteria. This chapter is anticipated for completion in November 2018.
Sustainable Management Criteria are the goals that measure success of groundwater level stabilization. The criteria includes:
Measurable objective: average maintained groundwater level over the long-term that must be met by 2040.
Minimum threshold: the lowest possible groundwater level allowed in the worst case scenario. Level cannot cause an undesirable result (ie. significant and unreasonable degraded water quality) and thus cannot be arbitrary.
These metrics are included in the GSP and must be approved by the CA Department of Water Resources.