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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Merced Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Planning on Track

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The three groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) in the Merced Subbasin1 are hosting a fourth community workshop to provide an update on the status of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) being developed for the Merced Subbasin. The community workshop is scheduled as follows and Spanish translation will be available.

Monday, February 25th, 2019
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

City Council Chambers
663 Main Street
Livingston, CA 95334

All interested community members, ranchers, farmers, landowners, business owners, and residents with private wells are encouraged to attend. The workshop is an important opportunity for everyone using groundwater to learn more about the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) being developed for the Merced Subbasin (see map below). At this workshop, the GSP development team will present the latest developments in GSP preparation including potential projects to improve supplies and recharge groundwater. The workshop is designed to be interactive and allow time for participants to ask questions and provide input.

Larry Harris, Turner Island Water District GSA, noted, "This workshop is a really great way for anyone using ground and surface water to hear about and understand what is being planned to bring the Merced Subbasin into balance."

Hicham ElTal, Chair, Merced Irrigation-Urban GSA, went on to say, "The technical team has been evaluating a number of possible projects that can help us rebalance our groundwater over the coming years."

"We will be in the community of Livingston and encourage people that rely on well water for drinking water, irrigation, and industry to participate as the GSP is developed," added Bob Kelley, Chair, Merced Subbasin GSA.

For more information about the GSP, visit

Merced Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, Merced Irrigation-Urban Groundwater Sustainability Agency, Turner Island Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

Roles and Responsibilities for Developing the Merced Subbasin GSP

Governing Boards

Consistent with the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water management and land management agencies in Merced Subbasin formed three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs): the Merced Irrigation-Urban Groundwater Sustainability Agency, the Merced Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency, and the Turner Island Water District Groundwater Sustainability Agency. The three GSAs are collaborating on developing one Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the entire Merced Groundwater Subbasin by January 2020. To develop the Plan, the GSAs will review groundwater conditions and identify means to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Merced Groundwater Subbasin.

Coordinating Committee

The three GSAs for the Merced Groundwater Subbasin have formed a Coordinating Committee of senior staff and governing board members to coordinate day-to-day planning activities and public outreach. Meetings of the Coordinating Committee will be noticed and open to the public and are held the fourth Monday of the month.

Stakeholder Committee

The three GSAs have also approved the formation of a Stakeholder Committee. The Stakeholder Committee serves as community representatives to advise the Coordinating Committee and the GSA governing boards on groundwater conditions, management issues and needs, and projects and management actions to improve sustainability in the basin. Meetings of the Stakeholder Committee are open to the public and are held the fourth Monday of the month.

General Public, Landowners, Farmers, Ranchers in the Merced Subbasin

The public’s role is to provide input as the GSP is developed. Members of the public can submit comments and questions through the GSP website or consider attending a Board meeting, Coordinating Committee meeting, Stakeholder Committee meeting, or a Community Workshop to learn more, ask questions, and provide input.

Merced Subbasin Boundaries

Merced SGMA Map (Large)

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