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Eastern Tule GSA March 1, 2018

The Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency meeting was held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Porterville City Council Chambers. This was a short meeting and there for a short report. Chairman Eric Borba called the meeting at 2:00 pm. Sean Geivet, acting general manager, I guess that’s his title gave some of the reports. The bills and warrants were dealt with. The minutes were approved and attorney Aubrey Mauritson gave a brief update on the progression of the by-laws. ETGSA has yet to adopt by-laws and she’s working on it.

The board was asked to begin recruitment for an executive director. Geivet suggested sending out an RFP to various engineering firms. The board was good with this.

ETGSA has to deal with a coordination agreement. Geivet said warned against just agreeing with the rest of the GSAs in the sub basin. One of the directors said developing a GSP would be the first step before a coordination agreement. He asked Geivet to prepare a study period at the next meeting to help educate the board on what will go into the GSP and its relationship to a coordination agreement. They all agreed they didn’t want the coordination group’s Technical Advisory Committee determining what agreements would be reached. ETGSA has been meeting every other month but the board wants to meet more often to catch up on these developments.

The meeting then went into closed session.  A member of the public who lives in a white area has raised some legal issues regarding violations of the Brown Act. After a short time the meeting readjourned in open session and there was no reportable action from closed session. The next item was going to be a review of GSP development.

Bill Samarin, the gentleman from the white area addressed the board on GSP development. He isn’t happy with the way the board has conducted itself. He feels the board isn’t impartial and is threating a lawsuit. Then the board voted to approve an ad hoc committee to review GSP development in other GSAs and report back. Then 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.

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