Welcome to the Department of Water and Natural Resources for Madera County.
Our department develops and implements county policy and activities regarding surface water, groundwater and watershed management. We work with a variety of committees, organizations and stakeholders regarding water and natural resource issues.
Currently much of our time involves preparing for compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. This piece of legislation fundamentally changes management of California’s groundwater basins. SGMA mandates the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and requires the adoption of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for basins or subbasins 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.
Subbasins Madera County is comprised of three subbasins, 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.
GSPs Each of the subbasins above must submit a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) by January 2020. These subbasins 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.
GSAs There are numerous agencies involved in groundwater sustainability planning within Madera County. Many agencies have chosen to form their own groundwater sustainability agency (GSA).
The Chowchilla Subbasin is comprised of the following four GSAs: Chowchilla Water District, Madera County, Triangle T Water District and Merced County.
The Madera Subbasin is comprised of seven 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.
Advisory Committees Madera County has advisory committees to 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 Board chose Advisory Committee members and at the April 24, 2018 County Groundwater Sustainability Agencies Board of Directors meeting dates were chosen for 2018.
Madera County, Madera Subbasin 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
Madera County, Chowchilla Subbasin 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
Madera County, Delta-Mendota Subbasin Advisory Committee
At-large: vacancy; Disadvantaged Communities: Javier Marquez; Agricultural: Jared Samarin; Residential: Abel 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