Citizen Groundwater Input Sought

In the wake of the State’s historic drought, local agencies have come together to address the region’s groundwater and how they’ll manage the precious resource.

“We need the public’s ideas and input, now the time has come to recruit citizens to serve on the GSA’s Advisory Committee,” says Michael Olmos, City Manager, City of Visalia.

As the GSA makes plans to manage groundwater levels, water recharge and storage facilities for water consumers, the Advisory Committee will serve the greater GSA as a tool to help shape the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Mid-Kaweah region.

“The State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires that we develop a Groundwater Sustainability Plan by January 31, 2020. That may seem years away, but the time to act is now,” added Olmos.

Individuals must be residents or associated with a business in the Mid-Kaweah area. Members representing the agricultural community, government agencies, environmental interests and disadvantaged communities are sought, as well as members at large.

The Advisory Committee will consist of seven to 11 members. All applications will be reviewed by the GSA Management Committee, after which time recommendations for appointment will be made to the GSA Board.

Applications are available now from the City of Tulare at 411 E Kern Ave. Tulare, CA 93274 or online at www.tulare.ca.gov, from the Tulare Irrigation District at 6826 Avenue 240, Tulare, CA 93274 or online at www.tulareid.org, and from the City of Visalia at 220 N. Santa Fe St. Visalia, CA 93292 or online at www.visalia.city.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11th. For questions, contact Michelle Nicholson, City of Visalia Chief Deputy City Clerk at (559) 713-4512.

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