The Kern Groundwater Authority Groundwater Sustainability Agency held it’s Wednesday, August 28, 2019 board meeting in Bakersfield at the conference room of a law firm. It was literally standing room only. This was the day the 16 member GSAs unveiled their chapters of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan in miniature. You can take a look here: http://www.kerngwa.com/gsp.html

            It took about two hours for each member’s representative to step up to the podium and speak for three minutes or less about his or hers’ GSA’s chapter for the larger KGA GSP. Some of the material included the anticipated ramp down scheduled. Others listed potential projects and mitigation efforts. The board asked a few questions and then the meeting turned to routine matters. Under SGMA there is no requirement for a public draft comment period. However, municipalities and counties with land in the GSP must be notified and provided with a comment period. Most, if not all GSAs in the San Joaquin Valley have made this an opportunity for the public to take a look also. But, a letter specific to the other government entities will be sent out by the KGAGSA staff.

At this point I could write a long report about what will be relatively easy reading if you go to the link shown above. I’m tempted to write such puffery; but mostly because I don’t want my client’s advertisement to look like a used car insert in the weekly shopper; but it won’t make things any clearer for either of us. The condensed GSP chapters are fairly self-explanatory. The meeting adjourned.

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SGMA The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 calls for the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Areas within Basins and Sub-basins to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans.

The Kern Groundwater Authority membership:

Arvin-Edison Water Storage District, Cawelo Water District, City of Shafter, Kern County Wate

r Agency, Kern-Tulare Water District, Kern Water Bank Authority, North Kern Water Storage District, Olcese Water District, Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, Semitropic Water Storage District, Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District, Southern San Joaquin Municipal Utility District, Tejon-Castaic Water District, West Kern Water District, Westside District Water Authority & Wheeler Ridge-Maricopa Water Storage District

www.kerngwa.com

DWR Listing: Basin San Joaquin, Sub Basin Kern 5-022.14

 

GENERAL MANAGER JAMES IRRIGATION DISTRICT

(San Joaquin, CA)

Salary open DOQ. James Irrigation District is located about 30 miles southwest of the City of Fresno and is comprised of roughly 26,000 acres, of which 22,000 acres are currently irrigated. It is a public Irrigation District providing agricultural water to growers within its boundaries. The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected at-large by its landowners (there are about 100 landowners and 30 growers within the District’s area). The FY 2019-20 total budget is $8.7 million, including a CIP of $830,000, with 16 staff.

A system of 65 well pumps, 26 booster pumps and 100 miles of canals and pipelines distribute irrigation water to growers’ orchards, vineyards and fields. The District has five sources of water supply: 1) a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Central Valley Project water service contract, 2) San Joaquin River Schedule 2 settlement contract, 3) Kings River water rights entitlement, 4) Kings River flood water, and 5) groundwater from District-owned wells. In addition to rights to groundwater within the District service area, the District also has a deeded groundwater right to certain lands east of the Fresno Slough Bypass. The District’s current annual water demands are approximately 65,000 acre-feet and, at this time, the District has enough water sources to meet the needs of its growers.

The General Manager also serves as Executive Director for the James Groundwater Sustainability Agency, manages Reclamation District #1606, and oversees the James Resource Conservation District.

Desire a bachelor’s degree in engineering, geology, hydrology, public/business administration or other related field, and substantial relevant work experience. An advanced degree would be a plus. Experience working with and/or knowledge about agricultural water users is important. California experience preferred.

A detailed brochure can be found at www.robertsrcg.com/18101/jidgm

Apply by September 16, 2019 (email preferred) to: Valerie Roberts or Norm Roberts, Roberts Consulting Group, phone (424) 522-2251, email robertsrcg@msn.com, web www.robertsrcg.com. EEO/ADA