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The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) went into effect January 1, 2015. SGMA requires that local water agencies within all medium and high-priority sub-basins form one or more Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) to prepare a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (SGP). GSA’s must be formed by June 30, 2017 and GSPs must be adopted by January 1, 2020. The Tule Sub-basin, as defined in Bulletin 118 is one such Sub-basin.

Since late 2014, the public agencies in the Tule Sub-basin have been meeting to discuss the implementation of SGMA. In order to be in compliance with SGMA, all areas in a sub-basin must be covered by a GSA. If more than one GSA covers a sub-basin, a coordination agreement must be drafted and agreed upon by the GSAs.

Since 2015, the City Of Porterville, Porterville Irrigation District, Saucelito Irrigation District, Teapot Dome Water District, Vandalia Water District, Terra Bella Irrigation District, Kern-Tulare Water District, and the County have been meeting to form the Eastern Tule GSA to cover each District, as well as, white area in the Tule Sub-basin (map). The Boards and Council of county, city and districts approved an MOU (Tulare County Agreement No. 27537) in early 2016 with the intent of forming the Eastern Tule GSA. Thereafter, these agencies approved a Joint Powers Agreement (Tulare County Agreement No. 27912) to officially form the agency on December 6, 2016.

What is the Purpose of the Stakeholder Committee?

The Eastern Tule GSA is looking to identify and engage the varied interests in the Tule Subbasin to ensure that SGMA is implemented effectively and efficiently, and is successful in reaching sustainability. Therefore, the Eastern Tule GSA is working to make sure that through the involvement of the Board of Directors and establishment of various specific committees, the interests of beneficial uses and user of groundwater are involved in the process.

The Stakeholder Committee has been established to play a key role in participating and engaging in the steps the Eastern Tule GSA will perform in the development and implementation of its Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The committee is given direction and items to review by the board, and the committee has been given one seat of the Board of Directs so that a representative of their efforts can be a part of the planning and decision making process.

The Stakeholder Committee is made up of a non-voting Chairman from the Board of Directors and eleven voting members: two from Ducor Community Service District and Richgrove Community Service District, one from environmental interests, and eight from agricultural and other local groundwater user interests in the Tule Subbasin. The committee meets at least once a month and sometimes more frequently during specific projects.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend Stakeholder Committee meetings to provide input and comment on the items before the committee.

Those wishing to serve on the committee must submit an application. The Committee is Stakeholder Committee applicants will be reviewed and subject to appointment by the Board of Directors. Members serve for either two or four year terms. The next appointment of new members will occur prior to January 2020.

Who should submit an application for the Stakeholder Committee?

Anyone is welcome to submit an application for the Committee. When selecting from the applicants, the GSA Board will be looking to balance the representation of interest of the basin to groundwater use and for individuals that can, based on skills and experience, best contribute to the planning and implementation necessary to manage groundwater in the basin.

Leadership and Committees

Rogelio Caudillo, Interim Executive Director

Aubrey Mauritson, Attorney

Porterville Irrigation District
Eric Borba, Chairman

Saucelito Irrigation District
Steven Kisling, Vice Chairman

City of Porterville
Monte Reyes

Tea Pot Dome Water District
Matthew Leider

Tulare County
Dennis Townsend

Vandalia Water District
Dyson Schneider

Kern-Tulare Water District
Curt Holmes

Terra Bella Irrigation District
Geoffrey C. Galloway

White Area
John Corkins

Rogelio Caudillo, Interim Executive Director

Porterville Irrigation District
Eric Borba, Chairman

Porterville, Terra Bella, and Saucelito Irrigation Districts
Sean Geivet

Vandalia Water District
John Michael Domondon

Tulare County
Denise England

Tea Pot Dome Water District
Eric Limas

City of Porterville
Michael Knight

Kern-Tulare Water District
Steve Dalke

White Area
Steve Etchegaray

Rogelio Caudillo, Interim Executive Director

White Area
Bill Bennett, Chairman

Tea Pot Dome Water District
Matthew Leider, Vice Chairman

Kathy Briano

Jim Parsons

Ben Magana

Sopac “Soapy” Mulholland

Don Castle

John Konda

Julia Inestroza

Mathew Watkins

Tom O’Sullivan

Jason Guthrie

Rogelio Caudillo, Interim Executive Director

Saucelito Irrigation District
Steven Kisling

Kern-Tulare Water District
Curt Holmes

Vandalia Water District
Dyson Schneider

Click the Image below to go to the Tule Subbasin MOU Group Website

ETGSA Entity Map

Click the image below to see a map of ETGSA

ETGSA Member Agencies & Their Meetings

County of Tulare

Board of Supervisors Meetings:

Every Tuesday at 9 a.m.

 

Contact Information:

2800 W. Burrell Drive

Visalia, CA 93291

(559) 636-5000

https://tularecounty.ca.gov/county/

City of Porterville

City Council Meetings:

First and Third Tuesdays of each Month starting at 5:30 p.m. for Closed Session, and 6:30 p.m. for the public meeting

 

Contact Information:

291 Main Street

Porterville, CA 93257

(559) 782-7499

http://www.ci.porterville.ca.us/

Kern-Tulare WD

Board Meetings:

Second Thursday of Each Month at 2:30 p.m.

 

Contact Information:

5001 California Avenue

Bakersfield, CA 93309

(661) 327-3132

Porterville ID

Board Meetings:

Second Tuesday of Each Month at 9:00 a.m.

 

Contact Information:

22086 Avenue 160

Porterville, CA 93257

(559) 784-0716

Saucelito ID

Board Meetings:

Second Thursday of Each Month at 9:30 a.m.

 

Contact Information:

20712 Avenue 120

Porterville, CA 93257

(559) 784-1208

Tea Pot Dome WD

Board Meetings:

Second Wednesday of Each Month at 9:00 a.m.

 

Contact Information:

105 W. Teapot Dome Avenue

Porterville, CA 93257

(559) 784-8641

http://www.ltrid.org/districts/#info

Terra Bella ID

Board Meetings:

Second Wednesday of Each Month at 9:00 a.m.

 

Contact Information:

24790 Avenue 95

Terra Bella, CA 93270

(559) 535-4414

Vandalia WD

Board Meetings:

Second Tuesday of Each Month at 2:30 p.m.

 

Contact Information:

2032 S. Hillcrest Street

Porterville, CA 93257

(559) 784-0121

The general dates and times of our Member Agencies’ regular Board or Council meetings are listed above. Please call ahead or visit the Member Agency’s website (if available) prior to the meeting to confirm its time and location, as those are subject to change and/or cancellation.

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