The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in 2014, requires all basins designated as high or medium-priority basins that are subject to critical overdraft conditions to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) or coordinated GSPs by January 31, 2020. The Kern County Subbasin is a high-priority basin and is identified as having critical overdraft conditions. SGMA also requires each basin to be covered by a one or more Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) by June 30, 2017.
In response to the passage of SGMA, The City of Bakersfield, Kern Delta Water District and Improvement District No. 4 of the Kern County Water Agency, cooperatively formed the Kern River Groundwater Sustainability Agency (KRGSA) to serve as the GSA over the portion of the Kern County Subbasin shown in the accompanying map.
In addition to the primary agencies identified above, East Niles Community Services District and Oildale Mutual Water Company/North of the River Municipal Water District signed on to the KRGSA as “additional agencies,” electing to include portions of their respective jurisdictions in the boundaries of the KRGSA. Also participating in the KRGSA is California Water Service Company and Vaughn Water Company.
This website includes relevant information related to the formation of the KRGSA as well as additional resource information associated with SGMA and SGMA implementation efforts in Kern County. The KRGSA website will be updated to reflect current information such as meeting agendas and minutes and other pertinent documents as they are developed. If you have any questions or comments regarding the KRGSA please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.