On April 4, 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released Final Funding Awards for the 2017 Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects Solicitation under the Proposition 1 Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program. The final awards were given to 78 grant applicants totaling $85.8 million.
The North Fork Kings GSA and Mid-Kings River GSA were each awarded $1.5 million under funding Category 2 for the development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) in the Kings and Tulare Lake Subbassins. Funding awarded to the North Fork Kings GSA will support the development of seven separate, but coordinated GSPs for the Kings Subbasin. Respectively, the Mid-Kings River GSA will administer grant funds to develop a single GSP for the Tulare Lake Subbasin.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”), signed into law in 2014, directs local public agencies and GSAs to development and implement a GSP or alternative plan. The GSP defines the basin setting and establishes criteria that will maintain or achieve sustainable groundwater management over a 20-40 year horizon. SGMA requires critically-overdrafted high and medium priority basins to be managed under a GSP by January 31, 2020.
Information on the Final Funding Recommendations may be accessed through the DWR website.