The multi-benefit project will improve groundwater levels, increasing water supply reliability for growers, nearby domestic well owners, and community residents in the Shady Lakes Mobile Home Park, a Disadvantaged Community (DAC).
Offering more groundwater recharge capacity, also included in the application is North Kings GSA's member agency City of Kerman Lyons Park Basin modifications. The modifications will provide an additional 135 acre-feet of annual recharge to benefit DAC residents and those in the surrounding area.
Groundwater recharge is a primary tactic for improving groundwater conditions by which surface water, rain and snowmelt, is captured to sink below the soil into the groundwater aquifer. Groundwater recharge projects are not only critical to achieving a sustainable groundwater supply by SGMA's 2040 sustainability deadline, they also bring a secure water supply to landowners and community residents who rely on wells for freshwater, whether for irrigation or drinking.
The North Kings GSA is working with Fresno Irrigation District and City of Kerman to gather project details for the application submittal, due to DWR January 8, 2021. The application will include two additional projects in the Kings Subbasin, located in the Kings River East and South Kings GSAs. The Fresno Irrigation District will be the applicant on behalf of the Subbasin.
The SGMA Implementation Grant is funded by Proposition 68, with this first round providing $26 million for critically overdrafted basins. Another $77 million will be available in round 2 for medium- and high-priority (including critically overdrafted) basins. The North Kings GSA is in the Kings Subbasin, considered under SGMA to be critically overdrafted.