Technical Consultant Discusses Progress on Drafting Groundwater Sustainability Plan

The Board received a report on the progress of drafting three chapters for the McMullin Area’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan from their technical consultant, Provost & Pritchard. The Plan Area Chapter, which includes topics like a description of the geographic areas covered and other water and land use plans in the area, was submitted to McMullin Area’s Technical Advisory Committee for review.
The Groundwater Conditions Chapter is scheduled to be drafted by the end of November. This chapter will describe current and historical groundwater conditions in the McMullin Area including topics like groundwater elevation and depth, flows, storage variation, water quality and subsidence.
The Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model Chapter is scheduled to be drafted by the end of December. This chapter will characterize through a conceptual model the physical components and interaction of the surface water and groundwater systems in the area.

Board Receives Update on Groundwater Sustainability Plan

The Groundwater Sustainability Plan will cover a number of topics including the description of groundwater conditions, water budget, sustainable management criteria, monitoring, and projects. McMullin Area GSA’s technical consultant, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, is currently working on drafting the groundwater conditions and hydrogeologic conceptual model chapters. The groundwater conditions chapter will include topics like groundwater elevation and depth, flows, variation in storage, and water quality to name a few. The hydrogeologic conceptual model chapter will provide a visual and narrative description of groundwater conditions in the McMullin Area.

MAGSA Board Selects Attorney, Forms Adhoc Committees

At the August 2 McMullin Area GSA Board Meeting, the Board selected Ron Donlan from Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP out of Sacramento as General Counsel. Rob Donlan is a Partner in Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan. Rob specializes in water and natural resources law, including all aspects of surface water and groundwater rights and management; state and federal Endangered Species Acts and fisheries laws; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); water quality and wetlands regulation; and other areas of state and federal regulation involving use and management of water resources. Rob’s experience also includes public agency governance and administration, infrastructure and regulatory finance, desalination and recycled water use, and water supply for power and energy development.

To support the various administrative and technical functions of the McMullin Area GSA, several adhoc committees were formed with Board member appointments:

  • Technical Advisory Committee – Board Members Don Cameron and Jerry Rai
  • Financial Committee – Board Members Matt Abercrombie and Jeevan Singh
  • Outreach Committee – Board Members Matt Abercrombie and Jeevan Singh
  • Human Resources Committee – Board Members Jerry Rai and Jeevan Singh

In other business, the Board approved a contract to engage the firm Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group (P&P) through June 30, 2018 as the engineering firm to oversee, manage and coordinate the preparation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). P&P proposed scope of work is segregated into several phases including data collection, compilation and review; GSP development; and administrative support. The total estimated fee for the services is $234,000 with $42,500 for the data collection, compilation and review phase, $153,000 for the GSP development phase, and $38,000 for the administration phase.

MAGSA Board Selects Engineering Firm, Approves Budget

At their June 15, 2017 Board meeting,  the McMullin Area GSA Board members, based on the recommendation of the ad hoc review committee, selected Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group as the engineering firm to oversee, manage and coordinate the preparation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). Provost & Pritchard will be responsible for preparing a GSP that meets all the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the GSP regulations along with coordinating the McMullin Area’s GSP with GSPs developed by adjacent GSAs.

The Board  also approved a budget for fiscal year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. The budget total is $500,000 and includes expenses for the engineering consultant, legal costs, Kings Subbasin coordination, and administrative services including outreach. The cost share for the three member agencies is based on their percent of McMullin Area’s total service area of 120,635 acres.  Raisin City Water District’s cost share is $214,350. Mid-Valley Water District’s is $56,700. County of Fresno’s cost share is $228,950.

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