The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“the Act” passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 fundamentally changes management of California’s groundwater basins. The Act mandates the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and requires the adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for basins designated as medium or high-priority by the CA Department of Water Resources. GSPs are mandatory to eliminate overdraft conditions in aquifers and to return them to conditions that assure long-term sustainability within 20 years of implementation.

Madera County is comprised of three basins, designated by the CA Department of Water Resources as critically overdrafted, and “high priority”: (1) the Chowchilla Subbasin, (2) the Madera Subbasin and (3) a portion of the Delta-Mendota Subbasin. Each of these basins must complete and submit a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) by January 2020, and these basins are required to achieve “sustainability” by the year 2040. The method by which sustainability will be achieved will be illustrated in the GSP, which will be drafted in partnership by the irrigation district, water districts, cities and Madera County. The process is meant to be a public and participatory process. Madera County will consider input from stakeholders and seeks achieve public support toward a common goal of long-term sustainability.

The Chowchilla Subbasin is comprised of the following four (4) GSAs: Chowchilla Water District, Madera County, Triangle T Water District and Merced County. The Madera Subbasin is comprised of seven (7) GSAs: Madera County, City of Madera, Madera Irrigation District, Root Creek Water District, Madera Water District, New Stone Water District, and Gravelly Ford Water District. Madera County encompasses a small portion of the Delta-Mendota Subbasin, including the following GSAs: Aliso Water District, Madera County, and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors.

County Groundwater Advisory Committees

Please note that these advisory committees support the county-managed Groundwater Sustainability Agencies only, and that there are multiple agencies throughout the county engaged in groundwater management planning.

At the November 21, 2017 County Groundwater Sustainability Agencies Board of Directors meeting, the following applicants were appointed to serve a one (1) year term on the Groundwater Advisory Committee(s). Meeting dates were set at the April 24, 2018 County Sustainability Agencies Board of Directors meeting.

MADERA SUBBASIN GROUNDWATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

At-large: James Maxwell, Devin Aviles (vice-chair); Disadvantaged Communities: Alejandro Vieyra, Victoria Ortiz; Agricultural: Bill Diedrich, Kevin Herman (chair); Public Water Systems: Madera Valley Water Company; Residential: Jerrold Kazynski, Brent McCaffrey; Alternate: Jay Quick, Charles LaRue

2018 Meeting  Dates
May 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, 200 W. 4th Street, Room 3005, Madera, CA 93637. Agenda. Meeting Notes. Presentation. Handout 1. Handout 2. Handout 3.
August 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, Room 3005.
November 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, Room 3005.

 

CHOWCHILLA SUBBASIN GROUNDWATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

At-large: Jay Mahil (chair), Ralph Pistoresi (vice chair); Disadvantaged Communities: Lois Lee Davidson, Joseph Moore; Agricultural: Iest Farms/Tri Iest Dairy (West), Ben Pitman (East); Public Water Systems: Sierra Vista Mutual Water Company; Residential: Clay Daulton, Miguel Guerrero; Alternate: Kevin Herman, James Maxwell

2018 Meeting Dates
May 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, 200 W. 4th Street, Room 3005, Madera, CA 93637. Agenda. Meeting Notes. Presentation 1. Presentation 2. Handout.
August 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, Room 3005.
November 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, Room 3005.

 

DELTA-MENDOTA SUBBASIN GROUNDWATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

At-large: vacancy; Disadvantaged Communities: Javier Marquez; Agricultural: Jared Samarin; Residential: Able Serrano

2018 Meeting Dates
May 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, 200 W. 4th Street, Room 3005, Madera, CA 93637. Agenda.
August 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, Room 3005.
November 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m., County Government Center, Room 3005.