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[Call to Order]

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OK, WE'RE PAST THE HOUR, WE'RE DUE TO START.

SO THIS IS THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE MERCED SUBBASIN GSA.

SO WE REQUEST THE SECRETARY TO CALL THE ROLL.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

AND CURRENTLY, MR. GALLO IS NOT PRESENT, BUT WE DO BELIEVE THAT HE IS LIKELY ON HIS WAY.

AND WHEN HE DOES ARRIVE, WE WILL HAVE THE RECORD REFLECT AS SUCH.

SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, YOU DO HAVE A QUORUM FOR THIS MEETING.

OK, THANK YOU. NEXT ITEM IS THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

WOULD MEMBER PARK LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE? OK, THANK YOU.

FIRST OFF, THERE'S AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE AGENDA WE WILL BE CONSIDERING ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, THE FIRST FIVE IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS BEFORE ITEM NUMBER SIX, PRIMARILY THAT IT MAY ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT IDEA NUMBER SIX MAY BRING UP.

SO WE THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD GO THROUGH ITEM NUMBER SEVEN.

THAT MAY ANSWER ITEMS, QUESTIONS IN NUMBER SIX.

SO THAT'S THAT'S JUST AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE AGENDA.

NEXT IS THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, THE PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON ANY MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST RATHER THAN THE BOARD'S JURISDICTION AND NOT ON THE AGENDA.

IF THERE'S ANYONE IN THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT, NOW WOULD BE THE TIME.

OK, SEEING NONE.

WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC COMMENT, PERIOD.

NEXT ITEM IS THE APPROVAL OF THE JANUARY 9TH, MARCH 24TH AND JUNE 12TH MEETING MINUTES.

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IT'S OPEN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION AMONG THE BOARD MEMBERS.

I'LL MOVE TO APPROVE AS MAILED.

AND I'LL SECOND IT. OK, AND THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT.

ANY COMMENTS WITH REGARD TO THE MINUTES? OK, IT'S BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED.

A ROLL CALL.

YOU STILL GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR THE QUESTION.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

OPPOSED? SO CARRIED. THE NEXT ITEM IS PROPOSITION 68,

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SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT GRANT UPDATE.

MS. MCBRIDE WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT GRANT AWARD.

GOOD AFTERNOON. SO THIS IS JUST AN INFORMATIONAL UPDATE FOR THE BOARD ON THE PROPOSITION 68 GRANT AWARD THAT THE MERCED BASIN RECEIVED.

THIS IS A SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT GRANT PROGRAM THAT'S FUNDED UNDER PROPOSITION 68 FORMERLY, PREVIOUSLY, THE GSA IS IN THE MERCED SUB-BASIN RECEIVED THE ROUND TWO SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING THAT WAS FUNDED UNDER PROPOSITION ONE. SO THIS IS THE ROUND THREE FUNDING.

IN NOVEMBER OF 2019, THE THREE GSAS IN THE BASIN SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR THIS GRANT.

THE FINAL AWARDS WERE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2020 AND THE MERCED BASIN RECEIVED A 500000 DOLLAR AWARD AND A WAIVER OF ANY THE CONTRACT FOR THIS SIMILAR TO THE PROPOSITION ONE CONTRACT IS ADMINISTERED BY MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT FOR THE THREE BASIN, FOR THE THREE GSAS IN THE BASIN.

AND BECAUSE THIS IS ROUND THREE TO THAT GRANT PROGRAM, THIS IS JUST AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT THAT MID ALREADY HAS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES.

AND SO THEY'RE WORKING ON FINALIZING THAT AMENDMENT NOW.

SO THE CONTRACTING HASN'T BEEN FINALIZED, BUT IT'S GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES.

THE WORK PLAN THAT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE GSA IN THE MERCED SUB-BASIN REALLY FOCUSES ON TWO ITEMS, TWO PROJECTS.

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ONE IS TO ADDRESS DATA GAPS, AND THE SECOND IS A REMOTE SENSING OF BASIN WATER USE.

SO THE, THERE'S ALSO A THIRD COMPONENT, WHICH IS GRANT ADMINISTRATION, A REGULAR COMPONENT IN GRANTS.

SO ADDRESSING THE DATA GAPS IS ONE OF THE TWO MAIN COMPONENTS.

AND THE FOCUS ON THIS IS TO PRIORITIZE AND COMPREHENSIVELY EVALUATE HOW THE GAPS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE MERCED GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN CAN BEST BE ADDRESSED AND ENHANCED AND ALSO ENHANCE THE EXISTING MONITORING NETWORK.

SO IN ORDER TO DO THIS, THE PROJECT WILL DEVELOP A DATA GAP PLAN.

THIS PLAN IS IDENTIFIED IN THE GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN AS SOMETHING THAT THE GSA WILL DEVELOP IN THE FIRST YEAR, YEAR OR TWO OF GSP IMPLEMENTATION.

AND SO DEVELOPING THIS PLAN WILL PRIORITIZE LOCATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL WELLS.

IT WILL TARGET DATA GAP AREAS WHERE THERE'S NO MONITORING CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE AND IT WILL PUT A PRIORITY TOWARD PROVIDING INFORMATION THAT WILL BENEFIT DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES. THE PROJECT WILL ALSO ENHANCE THE MONITORING NETWORKS IN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS FOR WATER LEVELS AND WATER QUALITIES.

ONE WAY IS IDENTIFYING THE EXISTING WELLS THAT CAN BE BROUGHT INTO THE NETWORK.

AND A SECOND WAY IS ACTUALLY INSTALLING NEW MONITORING WELLS.

AND THERE'S FUNDING FOR EITHER UP TO THREE NEW SHALLOW WELLS OR ONE DEEP WELL, THAT WOULD BE LOCATED IN CRITICAL LOCATIONS.

BOTH OF THESE COMPONENTS OF THE GRANT INCLUDE STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH, WHICH WILL SEEK INPUT ON PRIORITIZING THE DATA GAPS AND ALSO UPDATE THE GSA DURING GSP MEETINGS.

SO THOSE COULD BE THE COORDINATION MEETINGS OR GSA MEETINGS ON THE PROGRESS IN IDENTIFYING AND ADDRESSING THESE DATA GAPS.

THE SECOND COMPONENT IS A REMOTE SENSING DECISION SUPPORT TOOL FOR THE MERCED SUB-BASIN AND A REMOTE SENSING DECISION SUPPORT TOOL WOULD BE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE INFORMATION ABOUT BASIN WIDE GROUNDWATER USE IN A COST EFFECTIVE MANNER.

SO THIS COMPONENT WOULD PRODUCE A DECISION SUPPORT TOOL THAT ESTIMATES NET GROUNDWATER USE IN THE SUB-BASIN BASED ON THE METRIC REMOTE SENSING EVAPOTRANSPIRATION DATASETS, WHICH ARE, WERE DEVELOPED BY THE IRRIGATION TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTER ITRC AT CAL POLY.

AND YOU'LL HEAR MORE ABOUT METRIC AND ITRC AT AN AGENDA ITEM LATER ON IN THE AGENDA, WE'LL HAVE SOMEBODY FROM CAL POLY TALKING ABOUT THAT.

THIS IS USING THE DATASETS CREATED BY THE ITRC GROUP.

THIS COMPONENT INVOLVES CREATING A SPREADSHEET AND GIS BASED TOOL THAT UTILIZES THE METRIC ESTIMATES OF EVAPOTRANSPIRATION ACROSS THE SUB-BASIN IN COMBINATION WITH LOCAL PERSONAL MAPS AND SURFACE WATER SUPPLIES, DELIVERY RECORDS TO CALCULATE THE NET GROUNDWATER USE IN THE BASIN. THE TOOL WILL ACCOUNT FOR ALL THE MAJOR WATER BUDGET COMPONENTS AND WILL INCORPORATE SOIL MOISTURE TRACKING ON A MONTHLY TIME STEP.

SO BY UTILIZING THIS TOOL, IT WILL ALLOW AN ANALYSIS TO BE COMPLETED AT VARIABLE RESOLUTION SO YOU CAN ANALYZE THE GROUNDWATER USE AT THE GSA LEVEL DOWN TO A PERSONAL LEVEL. AND IT'S ONLY LIMITED BY THE SURFACE WATER DELIVERY RECORDS.

SO SIMILAR TO THE SECOND COMPONENT, THIS ONE ALSO HAS A STAKEHOLDER OUTREACH THAT INVOLVES REGULAR UPDATES AT GSA MEETINGS OR GSP MEETINGS ON THE PROGRESS TO DEVELOP THIS DECISION SUPPORT TOOL. SO THESE TWO COMPONENTS, BOTH WILL FEED INTO THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS PROJECT, OF THIS GRANT, THE WHOLE PROJECT OF THE GRANT, WHICH IS TO PRIORITIZE DATA GAPS, INCREASE THE NUMBER OF WELLS IN THE MONITORING NETWORK, IMPROVE THE UNDERSTANDING OF GROUNDWATER USE IN THE SUB-BASIN TO INFORM THE GSP DEVELOPMENT, TO QUANTIFY ONGOING SUB-BASIN WATER USE, TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF MANAGEMENT ACTIONS AND ALSO TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS IN THE SGMA PROCESS.

AND COMPLETION OF THESE COMPONENTS ALSO ACCOMPLISHES THE GOAL TO ADVANCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN BY ADDRESSING CRITICAL DATA GAPS RELATED TO GROUNDWATER MONITORING AND BASIN WATER USE, WHICH IN TURN SUPPORTS THE SUSTAINABILITY GOAL OF MERCED SUB-BASIN GSP.

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AND SO THAT'S MY SUMMARY FOR YOU FOR THE PROP 68 GRANT, AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. OH, I TAKE THAT BACK.

I'VE GOT ONE MORE SLIDE FOR YOU.

THIS IS JUST INFORMATION FROM DWR.

IT'S JUST REALLY A HEADS UP FOR YOU GUYS AS A BOARD THAT THERE IS ANOTHER ROUND OF GRANT FUNDING UNDER PROPOSITION 68, IT WOULD BE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT IMPLEMENTATION GRANT AND CURRENTLY DWR IS LETTING US KNOW THAT THERE'S 88 MILLION DOLLARS TO BE AVAILABLE COMPETITIVELY FOR PROJECTS THAT ADDRESS DROUGHT AND GROUNDWATER INVESTMENT. MORE DETAILS TO COME.

WE'RE EXPECTING TO SEE THE PROPOSAL SOLICITATION PACKAGE IN EARLY 2021 AND THEN WE'LL SEE GRANT AWARDS IN THE YEAR 2020, EARLY 2022.

AND SO THAT COMPLETES MY SUMMARY OF THE PROP SIXTY EIGHT GRANT.

MS. MCBRIDE, WHAT IS THE TIME, THE PRELIMINARY TIME SCHEDULE FOR THE PROJECTS AND THE COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT? SO THE PROJECTS WILL BE STARTED AS SOON AS THE CONTRACTING IS COMPLETE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES.

AND THE SCHEDULE HAS THESE BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS COMPLETED BY APRIL TWENTY TWENTY TWO, WHICH REALLY IS TOWARD THE END WHEN THIS GRANT FUNDING NEEDS TO BE SPENT.

SO BETWEEN NOW AND APRIL 2022.

THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE BOARD? ANY COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC OPENED UP NOW WITH RESPECT TO THIS ITEM ON THE AGENDA? OK, WE'LL CLOSE PUBLIC COMMENTS.

THIS IS AN INFORMATIONAL ITEM ONLY, SO THERE'S NO ACTION REQUIRED.

OK, THE NEXT ITEM IS THE FIRST FIVE IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT STUDIES.

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THIS, THIS ONE, WE'LL HAVE AN ENGINEER, GREG YOUNG, LEAD A DISCUSSION ON THE FIRST FIVE IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT STUDIES.

GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE GSA BOARD, I HOPE EVERYBODY IS DOING WELL.

BACK IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR, WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE WERE CONSIDERING THE FIRST FIVE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN, IF YOU RECALL THAT.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT SEVERAL DIFFERENT ELEMENTS THAT ARE WITHIN THAT, THAT WE WANT TO GET STARTED ON HERE NOW THAT WE HAVE A GSP IN PLACE AND WE NEED TO START MOVING TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION AND WE NEED TO START SHOWING ACTIVITIES AND ACTIONS.

AND YOU JUST HEARD SOME THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT THE SUB- BASIN LEVEL.

AND THERE'S SOME THINGS THAT I THINK WE NEED TO DO AT OUR GSA LEVEL TO ASSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO MANAGE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO AT THE BASIN LEVEL AND THEN ALSO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE WORKING AND UNDERSTANDING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MIGHT BE COMING OUT OF SOME OF THOSE OTHER STUDIES.

SO A COUPLE OF THOSE THINGS.

AND WHEN WE GET TO THE BUDGET, BEFORE THIS WAS GOING TO BE FLIPPED AROUND.

BUT WHEN WE GET TO THE BUDGET AND WE TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT ARE IN THERE, THERE'S DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING LOOKED AT TO TRY AND IMPLEMENT SOME THINGS COMING THIS FISCAL YEAR. AND SO A FEW OF THOSE PROJECTS WE HAVE, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT, I THINK, TO SET UP NOW AND GET SOMEBODY MOVING ON THESE THINGS. AND IT'S POSSIBLY HIRING SOMEBODY TO HELP OUT WITH THIS STUFF, WHETHER IT'S SOLICITING PROPOSALS OR HOWEVER WE MAY DO THAT.

THERE'S A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS.

SO LET'S GO THROUGH THIS FAIRLY QUICKLY, I THINK.

WHICH WAY DO I GO? WRONG BUTTON.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT IS SUSTAINABILITY ZONES AND WE'VE HEARD THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS, SOME ALSO THROUGH THE ADVISORY AND TACT COMMITTEES WHERE WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENCES ACROSS OUR BASIN.

AND WE ARE, IF WE RECALL, IS THE CENTER ONE THE POINTER? YES. SO POINTING OVER HERE ON THE SCREEN TO MY RIGHT.

THIS PARTICULAR MAP IS THE ENTIRE BASIN, BUT ALL THE GREY AREA IS, IS

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TURNER ISLAND. AND SO THE REST OF THE AREA, WE'RE PRETTY SCATTERED AS FAR AS THE GSA.

AND WE ALL KNOW THAT WE REPRESENT ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT AREAS AROUND HERE.

SO THE THE ISSUES THAT START TO COME UP IS HOW ARE WE MANAGING GROUNDWATER LEVELS IN THOSE AREAS? HOW ARE WE GOING TO TRY AND ADDRESS PROJECTS IN THOSE AREAS? MAY THERE BE, IF WE GET INTO ALLOCATION CONCEPTS, ARE THOSE GOING TO BE ARE THOSE GOING TO DIFFER ACROSS SOME OF THOSE AREAS? HOW MIGHT WE DEAL WITH FEES? SO A COUPLE OF IDEAS THAT WE HAD TALKED ABOUT LAST YEAR WAS TRYING TO DEVELOP SOMETHING CALLED SUSTAINABILITY ZONES.

WE'RE USING THAT TERM DIFFERENTLY THAN MANAGEMENT ZONES BECAUSE MANAGEMENT ZONES MEAN SOMETHING IN SGMA TERMINOLOGY AND REGULATION.

SO THERE'S JUST A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES OF HOW WE MAY LOOK AT THIS.

YOU COULD SAY, LOOK, WE'RE GOING TO SET UP A SERIES OF ZONES AND MAYBE THEY'RE KIND OF THEY LOOK LIKE THIS, ROUGHLY SPEAKING.

AND EACH ONE OF THOSE ARE MANAGED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY.

OR AS AN ALTERNATIVE, YOU COULD HAVE SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS WHERE WE KIND OF HAVE A ZONE ONE, TWO AND THREE AND THEY'RE JUST KIND OF CASCADING DOWN THE HILL.

SO THE BASIS FOR HOW YOU KIND OF SET THESE MIGHT BE PARTIALLY GEOPOLITICAL BOUNDARIES.

THEY MIGHT BE HYDRO-GEOLOGIC, THEY MIGHT BE RELATED TO INFRASTRUCTURE THAT MIGHT EXIST OR MIGHT BE AVAILABLE. AND SO WE WANT TO START SOMETHING WHERE WE CAN HAVE GET SOME PARTY INVOLVED WITH STARTING TO LOOK AT A VARIETY OF FACTORS AND OVERLAY THEM AND BRING US SOME IDEAS OF WHAT SUSTAINABILITY ZONES MIGHT LOOK LIKE AND THE BASIS FOR THOSE.

AND I THINK THOSE CAN DEFINITELY BE OF HELP THEN WHEN WE'RE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT MANAGEMENT AND OTHER ACTIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE START TALKING ABOUT BUDGETS, LIMITATIONS . WE KNOW CERTAIN AREAS, ESPECIALLY ON, YOU KNOW, DOWN IN THIS AREA, YOU GUYS HAVE PRETTY HIGH GROUNDWATER LEVELS.

SO TRYING TO RESTRICT GROUNDWATER PUMPING MIGHT NEED TO BE DONE DIFFERENTLY THERE THAN THEY ARE DONE IN OTHER AREAS WHERE WE HAVE MORE OF AN ISSUE.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS TO DISCUSS.

AND BEING ABLE TO DEFINE SOME GEOGRAPHIC ZONES THAT MIGHT ALLOW US TO MANAGE THOSE DIFFERENTLY IS PROBABLY OUR FIRST STEP WE NEED TO TAKE.

AND THEN ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE ARE SUGGESTING RELATES TO THE CONVERSATION THAT WILL BE COMING LATER ABOUT THE SATELLITE BASED ET ANALYSIS THAT IS REALLY KIND OF THINKING ABOUT A FORWARD LOOKING TOOL THAT'S GOING TO BE DEVELOPING SOMETHING THAT IS ALLOWS PEOPLE TO START TO ASSESS CONDITIONS.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS WE FOUND INTERESTING AND SOME OF THE WORK I'VE DONE ELSEWHERE IS THAT A LOOK BACK CAN BE VERY INFORMATIVE TO SEE WHERE THINGS ARE STARTING TO TREND.

AND WE'RE GOING TO FLIP THROUGH A COUPLE OF SLIDES JUST TO ILLUSTRATE WHAT THAT IS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO SUGGEST THAT, I THINK IT CAN BE A PRETTY SMALL INVESTMENT THAT WE CAN EVALUATE SOME THINGS LOOKING BACK REALLY EASILY THAT CAN HELP US AND HELP THE BOARD ESPECIALLY SEE SOME TRENDS, SEE SOME CONCERNS THAT MIGHT BE ARISING THAT WILL MAYBE HELP IDENTIFY HOW WE WANT TO MANAGE CERTAIN THINGS IN CERTAIN AREAS.

SO, FOR INSTANCE, IF WE HAVE THOSE SUSTAINABILITY ZONES AND LET'S JUST GO BACKWARDS, LET'S SAY THEY'RE KIND OF SET UP IN THIS WAY.

AND WE HAVE, WE ASK FOR A HISTORIC ET ANALYSIS ON THESE SAME KIND OF ZONE BOUNDARY AREAS.

WE MAY SEE DIFFERENT TRENDS IN EACH ONE OF THOSE WHICH MIGHT MAKE US THEN THINK ABOUT WHAT ARE THE CHANGES WE NEED TO DO IN THOSE DIFFERENT AREAS.

SO HERE'S AN EXAMPLE.

WE'RE JUST GOING TO WALK THROUGH A SERIES OF PICTURES FROM DIFFERENT YEARS AND THERE'S GOING TO BE TWO FOR EACH YEAR.

THERE'S BASICALLY TWO IMAGES.

THERE'S ONE THAT THIS IS THE FIELD.

SO THIS IS A SATELLITE IMAGE FROM TWENTY TEN OF A FIELD.

AND I'M NOT TELLING YOU WHERE THIS IS BECAUSE I'M BORROWING THIS FROM SOME OTHER INFORMATION. SO THIS IS MORE JUST GENERIC CONCEPT.

YOU CAN SEE THIS IS ACTUALLY A CENTER PIVOT AREA HERE AND SOME OTHER THINGS ARE GOING ON IN THIS LAND. I KNOW IT'S NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL ANYTHING AT THIS SCALE, BUT YOU'LL UNDERSTAND THE ILLUSTRATIVE VALUE HERE IN A SECOND.

THIS IS THE RESULT OF A SATELLITE BASED ET ANALYSIS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR WHERE THEY'VE STITCHED TOGETHER ALL OF THE IMAGES, ALL THE READS.

AND AGAIN, YOU'LL HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS FROM THE PRESENTATION FROM METRIC ABOUT HOW THEY DO THAT AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE WAYS.

METRIC IS ONE OF THE METHODS.

THERE'S A VARIETY OF WAYS.

ALL OF THESE THINGS REALLY ALLOW YOU TO HAVE SOME COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS.

THERE'S ARGUMENTS OUT THERE ABOUT WHICH ONE IS RIGHT AND THEY'RE ALL MAYBE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WE'RE NOT TRYING TO GET INTO THAT ARGUMENT.

IT'S MORE ABOUT BIG PICTURE PLANNING, BECAUSE IF YOU RECALL, OUR WHOLE GSP MANAGEMENT IS ABOUT MANAGING IMPROVED GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS OR STABILIZING GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS.

RIGHT? IT'S NOT ABOUT TRYING TO DRIVE TO A CERTAIN NUMBER AND A CERTAIN CONSUMPTIVE USE NUMBER OR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF ACRES OR CERTAIN CROPS.

IT'S ABOUT STABILIZING GROUNDWATER.

SO TOOLS AND INFORMATION LIKE THIS CAN INFORM THOSE DECISIONS AND HOW WE TRY AND MOVE FORWARD AND HELP US UNDERSTAND HOW THAT MIGHT NEED TO VARY GEOGRAPHICALLY.

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SO WE'RE GOING TO WALK THROUGH A LITTLE BIT WHAT YOU SEE IN THE ORANGE.

THE DARKER THE COLOR, THE LESS CONSUMPTION THAT'S OCCURRING.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE IN THE LAND SATELLITE, THIS IS PRETTY MUCH SOME BARREN AREA.

MAYBE IT'S A DRIVE IN AREA INTO THIS FIELD AND IT PRETTY MUCH HAS THE LEAST AMOUNT OF CONSUMPTION. AND THERE'S A LITTLE BIT FROM THIS SPOTTY FIELD HERE THAT'S OCCURRING AND A LITTLE BIT FROM OVER HERE. THE SATELLITE IMAGE ISN'T THE BEST FROM 2010 HERE.

SO 2012 WE START SEEING SOME CHANGES.

THIS STARTS TO BECOME A LITTLE MORE DEFINED AS SOME CROP FIELDS.

AND THIS AREA HERE ALSO HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM THE CENTER PIVOT TO MORE OF A WHAT APPEARS TO BE AN ORCHARD WHEN YOU WHEN YOU DRILL IN A LITTLE BIT MORE.

BUT IT'S A YOUNG ORCHARD.

AND IT ALSO THIS PART HAS BEEN PLANTED.

AND SO YOU END UP SEEING NOW A LITTLE MORE DEFINED BLOCK.

YOU SEE THESE AREAS WERE ACTUALLY, IF YOU ZOOM IN, THESE AREAS ARE YOUNG, YOUNG, YOUNG TREES AND THEY'RE GETTING MORE MATURE AND THEY'RE STARTING TO SHOW A SIGNAL AND A SIGNATURE. SO THEY'RE STARTING TO CONSUME MORE, WHICH MAKES SENSE, RIGHT? BABY TREES DON'T USE MUCH.

THEY STARTED GROWING A CANOPY.

THEY STARTED USING MORE WATER.

AT TWENTY THIRTEEN, WE STARTED SEEING EVEN MORE AND WE STARTED SEEING THIS AREA STARTING TO SHOW UP A LITTLE BIT, WHICH HAS JUST BEEN PLANTED AND STARTING TO MATURE OUT.

AND SO YOU SEE THIS PICTURE NOW.

AND ESSENTIALLY WHEN YOU KIND OF LOOK AT THIS PICTURE VERSUS THIS PICTURE AND YOU START TO SEE SOME OF THESE TRENDS, YOU CAN, WHEN YOU DO THIS IN THE DIFFERENT SCALES, YOU CAN START TO SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IS ET PRETTY STABLE ACROSS THIS WHOLE TIME FOR THIS GEOGRAPHIC AREA? AND I KNOW THERE'S PLACES WE'VE LOOKED AT IN SOME AREAS WHERE IT'S VERY STABLE FOR THE LESS, YOU KNOW, THE CROP IS HOMOGENEOUS.

AND YEAH, THERE MIGHT BE REPLANTING AREAS.

BUT IN THE GENERAL SCHEME, FOR THAT WHOLE, YOU KNOW, X NUMBER OF ACRES, TEN THOUSAND ACRES, FIFTY THOUSAND ACRES, TWO HUNDRED ACRES, IT'S ABOUT THE SAME DEMAND OR SAME CONSUMPTION. AND YOU CAN SEE THOSE KIND OF TRENDS OR YOU MIGHT SEE AND A CHANGE IN THAT TREND WHERE YOU'RE STARTING TO SEE AN UPWARD GLIDE, WHERE YOUR CONSUMPTION IN TWENTY TEN VERSUS TWENTY FOURTEEN VERSUS TWENTY EIGHTEEN VERSUS TWENTY NINETEEN IS GOING THE WRONG DIRECTION. WHICH IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO BE UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW FAST WE MIGHT NEED TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THESE ACTIONS AND STARTING TO GET OUT THERE AND TRYING TO HELP ADDRESS FLEXIBLE TOOLS FOR THE LANDOWNERS TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE AGAIN TO THESE GROUNDWATER CONDITIONS.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S WITHIN THE BUDGET IS LOOKING TO DO THIS ANALYSIS.

IT'S PRETTY LOW COST TO BUY BACK TO LOOK BACK ON ABOUT TEN YEARS OF DATA TO HAVE A GEOGRAPHICALLY LINKED TO THOSE SUSTAINABILITY ZONES.

AND THEN WE'D BE ABLE TO SAY THIS ZONE THIS ZONE THIS ZONE AND LOOK AT A PATTERN.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT GOING INTO EACH PARCEL AND TRYING TO SAY, WELL, LOOK AT WHAT THIS PERSON DID. THIS IS MORE ABOUT UNDERSTANDING TRENDS SO WE CAN INFORM DECISIONS BY THIS BODY AS TO HOW IT WANTS TO START TO IMPLEMENT VARIOUS PROJECTS.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU REALLY LOOK BACK AT, JUMP ALL THE WAY BACK HERE, WHEN WE JUST LOOK AT THIS MAP AND WE TALK ABOUT DOING SOME OF THE WATER THESE STREAMS, THERE MIGHT BE AREAS THAT ARE GOING TO BE MORE BENEFITING FROM WATER RIGHTS THAN OTHER AREAS.

AND SO WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT HOW THOSE PLAY AND THAT'S GOING TO BE PART OF OUR DECISION AS WE LOOK AT STUFF WITH SUSTAINABILITY ZONES AND WE UNDERSTAND ET TRENDS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO THAT WAS REALLY WHAT WE WERE GOING TO TOUCH ON.

THAT WAS A PRETTY SHORT AND SWEET PRESENTATION.

I'M HAPPY TO HAVE ANSWER QUESTIONS NOW OR AFTER OR DURING THE BUDGET CONVERSATIONS.

WE CAN TALK ABOUT MORE THINGS.

LACEY WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANTED TO ADD? I GUESS ENHANCING THE MONITORING NETWORK WOULD BE THE OTHER PART.

SO THE GRANT LACEY JUST TALKED ABOUT IS GOING TO DO SOME THINGS.

AND ONE OF THE OTHER PARTS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND GET SOME SOME MOVEMENT ON IS, IS GET SOMEBODY TO START IDENTIFYING LOCAL WELLS THAT CAN BE REPURPOSED OR BE PART OF OUR MONITORING NETWORK, NOT A NEW WELL, THAT GRANT IS LOOKING AT DRILLING NEW WELLS.

BUT WE CAN ALSO ADD A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT TO OUR DATA NETWORK BY FINDING PEOPLE WHO MAYBE HAVE A WELL, THEY HAVEN'T FULLY ABANDONED YET OR MAYBE THEY HAVE A WELL THAT'S NOT USED TREMENDOUSLY. AND WE CAN ACTUALLY GO AND VIDEOTAPE IT, START DOING MONITORING AND MEASUREMENT THERE THAT CAN HELP INFORM THE BASIN OPERATION, SO WE'RE GOING TO NEED SOMEBODY TO AND THIS IS DONE IN SOME OF THE LOCAL, I THINK UP IN SORRY, TOO MANY TS.

NOT TULLY LAKE OR NOT START DOING THIS. AND WE WANT TO FOLLOW SUIT WITH THAT AND ALSO LOOK FOR SOMEBODY THAT CAN BOTH IDENTIFY WHERE WE MIGHT NEED THEM, HELP IDENTIFY WHERE THERE ARE WELLS, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO NEED SOME OUTREACH COMPONENT.

SO WE NEED SOMEBODY TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT TO LANDOWNERS, TALK TO THEM, SAY, HEY, WOULD YOU

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BE INTERESTED IN MAKING YOUR WELL AVAILABLE FOR THIS KIND OF PROCESS? AND THOSE MIGHT BE TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE TO ENGAGE IN THAT EFFORT BECAUSE WE NEED SOMEBODY THAT'S GOING TO BE TRUSTWORTHY TO WALK OUT AND TALK TO LANDOWNERS ABOUT SIGNING UP WELLS. I THINK THAT WAS IT.

RIGHT? OK, I APOLOGIZE FOR MISSING THAT ONE.

ANY QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT, GEORGE? WOULD THIS BE IN ADDITION TO THE CASGEM NETWORK OR WOULD THIS BE BE TOTALLY SEPARATE FROM TRYING TO FILL IN YOUR DATA GAPS? I THINK IT WOULD BE ADDING TO, JUST TRYING TO FIND EXISTING WELLS TO ADD TO BECAUSE THE WELLS COST A LOT OF MONEY TO DRILL NEW.

SO IF THE GRANT GIVES US, HOW MANY WERE IN THAT, IF THEY WERE SHALLOW? THERE WAS THREE SHALLOW OR ONE DEEP, THAT'S NOT EXPANDING OUR DATA GAPS VERY MUCH.

SO WE EITHER NEED TO SPEND MORE MONEY AND FIND MORE GRANTS OR SPEND OUR OWN MONEY TO TRY AND EXPAND THAT AS A SUB-BASIN, AS A GROUP OF GSAS.

OR WE CAN FIND PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING, HEY, I'LL LET YOU USE MINE.

WELL, SURE. AND THE VIDEOTAPE, IF WE CAN GET IT QUALIFIED FOR CASGEM AND BE ABLE TO ADD IT TO THAT, THAT MONITORING NETWORK IN IT NOW IS ONE OF OUR FLAGGED WELLS THAT WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT ITS CONSTRUCTION, ITS DETAILS, AND THEN WE CAN JUST MONITOR IT.

WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IDLE WELLS, WELLS WITHOUT PUMPS OR ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WELLS THAT, UH, THAT? I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO SAY WHICH WAY RIGHT NOW.

I THINK WE WANT TO SEE, BOTH CAN BE USED.

AND THAT'S WHERE I THINK ASKING SOMEBODY WHO'S, WHO THOSE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT WELLS WILL WORK BEST FOR A MONITORING NETWORK WILL BE HELPFUL FOR US BECAUSE SO LONG AS WE KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING ON AND OFF, OR MAYBE IT'S ALWAYS OFF IN FEBRUARY AND WE MEASURE IT THEN BECAUSE THEY DON'T START IRRIGATING UNTIL MARCH.

OK. AND THEY'RE USUALLY SHUT OFF BY OCTOBER WHEN WE MEASURE IT AFTER SHUTDOWN, AS LONG AS WE'RE NOT MEASURING IN THE MIDDLE OF IRRIGATION WHEN IT'S GOING UP AND DOWN AND AND THAT, YOU KNOW, WE CAN ADDRESS ALL THOSE THINGS.

SO IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A CURRENTLY IDLE WELL OR A WELL THAT'S BEEN ABANDONED.

IT'LL DEFINITELY STRETCH THE DOLLARS RIGHT? ABSOLUTELY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'D WANT TO DO.

SO SOME OF THE DOLLARS THAT ARE IN THESE BUDGETS WOULD BE HIRING SOMEBODY TO HELP FIND THOSE AND THEN PAYING FOR VIDEOTAPING SOME OF THOSE WELLS AND GETTING THOSE LISTED AND ADDED. I THINK THAT'S GOOD TO GO.

LET'S GET THAT GOING IMMEDIATELY.

THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I HAD A QUESTION. I ASSUME THERE'S NO LIABILITY INVOLVED IN THIS.

OH, WELL, WE WERE GOING TO SIGN COLE'S NAME TO EVERYTHING, I THINK.

RIGHT? WELL, THAT'S WHAT I'M AFRAID OF.

ANYMORE, BUT HAVING GONE THROUGH THE PROCEDURES OF THE ABANDONMENT THAT THE COUNTY WANTS TO DO WITH ALL THIS FOLDEROL AND EVERYTHING, SEEMED LIKE THAT MIGHT BE A PRETTY GOOD THING TO DO BEFORE YOU RUINED IT.

YEAH. HYPOTHETICALLY, IF YOU GOT A HOLE IN THE GROUND THAT HASN'T ACTUALLY BEEN PLUGGED, IT PROBABLY WOULD MAKE SENSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

AND I THINK ALL THE AGREEMENTS THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE IN PLACE WOULD ADDRESS THE LIABILITY ASPECTS APPROPRIATELY SO THAT THE LANDOWNER FEELS COMFORTABLE.

OK. BRAD SAID HE'D SIGN UP FOR, HE'D BE ON THE HOOK FOR IT ALL.

RIGHT? ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? IT APPEARS WITH THIS AGENDA ITEM THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES THAT ARE BEING DISCUSSED HERE THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER, THAT WE DO NEED TO ADDRESS. I DON'T THINK WE CAN DO IT HERE TODAY.

BUT I DO THINK WE NEED TO ADD A WHETHER IT'S A TECHNICAL COMMITTEE OR WHATEVER, A COMMITTEE TO, HAVE A, TO TAKE THIS SUBJECT UP TO START TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS.

I THINK WHAT WE'D LIKE TO MAYBE GET IS DIRECTION TO SAY, GO START PUTTING SOMETHING TOGETHER, PUT MAYBE SOME SCOPE LANGUAGE TOGETHER TO GO TRY AND FIND SOME PEOPLE, BRING THAT BACK TO YOU FOR APPROVALS, INDIRECT TO DIRECT IT, TO TRY AND FIND PEOPLE TO DO SOME OF THESE THINGS IN THESE AREAS.

SO I DON'T THINK, YOU KNOW, SO WE CAN GO DEVELOP SOME SCOPE LANGUAGE THAT SAYS, HERE ARE THE DETAILS. WE NEED SOMEBODY TO GO DO.

WE CAN SOLICIT SOME INPUT, WE CAN GET SOME COSTS AND WE CAN BRING THAT BACK IN FRONT OF YOU GUYS TO TAKE CARE OF.

WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO ADD. SORRY, I SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT BEFORE.

I THINK IT MAKES SENSE. I WOULD SUPPORT THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT NEEDS A MOTION OR ANY OTHER COMMENTS? YEAH, NO, I SERVE ON THE EAST TURLOCK AND OF COURSE, THEY'RE DOING THIS PRETTY HEARTILY

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RIGHT NOW AND OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, ACTUALLY.

SO, YEAH, IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU COME BACK WITH SOME DIRECTION POSSIBILITIES FOR US TO DECIDE ON. I HAVE A QUESTION, GREG.

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE, SO BACK TO THE FIRST THING WE TALKED ABOUT WITH THE SATELLITE IMAGERY? HOW LONG WOULD THAT TAKE TO WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD FIRST STEP TO START COMPILING THAT DATA AT LEAST? I DON'T BELIEVE THE I KNOW WE MENTIONED SUSTAINABILITY ZONES AND DIFFERENT THINGS.

SO LET'S LOOK AT ONE OF THESE MAPS LIKE THIS.

SO IN ANOTHER LOCATION WHERE I'M HELPING, WE CONTRACTED WITH SOMEBODY FOR NOT A LOT OF MONEY. I MEAN, EASILY, NOT A LOT OF MONEY.

THE DATA IS ALREADY THERE.

THEY ASSEMBLE THE DATA BASED ON BOUNDARIES WE GAVE THEM AND WE SAID WE WANTED ON THESE BOUNDARIES. THEY ASSEMBLED IT ALL.

WE NOW HAVE ALL THIS TWENTY TEN THROUGH TWENTY NINETEEN DATA FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE BOUNDARIES. WE HAVE ALL THE RASTER IMAGES THAT SHOW ALL THE PRETTY PICTURES.

WE JUST CAN'T DRILL DOWN TO A PARTICULAR FIELD WHICH WE DIDN'T WANT TO DO ANYWAY.

WE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND TRENDS AND THAT WAS WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS SO WE CAN GET A CONTRACT, GET THE DATA, DO SOME ANALYSIS, START LOOKING AT IT.

AND NOW, THIS BODY WOULD OWN THAT DATA.

IT WOULD PROBABLY BE WITHIN THE GIS FUNCTIONALITY OF THE COUNTY.

THEY PROBABLY HAVE THE RASTER IMAGES AND WE COULD PRODUCE DIFFERENT MAPS OVER DIFFERENT TIMES AND DO THINGS WITH THAT BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE BASICALLY BUYING THAT INFORMATION AND THEN DO THE ANALYSIS.

WITHIN A FEW MONTHS, YOU'D BE ABLE TO START SEEING, OH MY GOSH, WE'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY. OR, HEY, THINGS ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING PRETTY GOOD IN THESE AREAS ARE PRETTY STABLE ACROSS THIS TIME, BECAUSE I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S REALLY OF INTEREST IS, YOU KNOW, SGMA WAS PASSED IN TWENTY FOURTEEN.

IT BECAME YOU BASICALLY STARTED DOWN THE PATH IN TWENTY FIFTEEN.

TWENTY TWENTY YOU SUBMITTED A PLAN.

SO THERE'S A LOT THAT'S HAPPENED IN THAT TIME FRAME.

BUT A LOT OF IT WAS BASED ON DOING THIS BASELINE BUDGETS, USING KIND OF DATA UP TO TWENTY FIFTEEN. AND THERE'S STUFF THAT'S HAPPENED SINCE THEN, GOOD, BAD OR INDIFFERENT THAT WE SHOULD AT LEAST BE AWARE OF AS IT INFORMS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW, WHERE WE MAY NEED TO FOCUS, HOW RAPID WE MAY NEED TO TRY AND ADDRESS CERTAIN THINGS, INCENTIVES, OTHER PROGRAMS, WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE, SO THAT WE DON'T, YOU KNOW, GET OURSELVES IN A SITUATION FOR WHEN WE'RE FINALLY READY TO START PUTTING IN FURTHER ANY KIND OF RESTRICTIONS AS THEY MAY BE NECESSARY, BECAUSE WE ILLUSTRATE A FAIR AMOUNT OF DEMAND REDUCTION IN THE GSP.

RIGHT? THAT WE DON'T WANT THAT CLIFF TO BE STEEP.

SO WE NEED TO GET ON IT.

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT.

WE NEED TO START MAKING DECISIONS AND LET GROWERS START TO BE INFORMED SO THEY CAN START UNDERSTANDING WHERE THEY MIGHT WANT TO MAKE CHANGES.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ABOUT TIMING? WITH RESPECT TO THE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU'VE JUST DISCUSSED, IS THERE A PRIORITY AMONG THEM TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH FIRST, BEFORE YOU GO ON TO THE NEXT ONE? IT LOOKS LIKE THERE MIGHT BE.

AND ARE YOU GOING TO ADDRESS IT IN THAT MANNER? I WOULD, THAT MIGHT MAKE SENSE TO HAVE THE SUSTAINABILITY ZONES IF WE KIND OF HAVE A FEEL IN THIS BODY IS ABLE TO DISCUSS AND WITHIN THE TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP, MAYBE WE CAN DISCUSS WHAT THOSE MIGHT LOOK LIKE.

AND, YOU KNOW, THOSE AREN'T SET IN STONE.

THOSE ARE ONLY SIMPLY GUIDANCE AT THIS POINT.

WE MAY DOWN THE ROAD, YOU MAY ADOPT THEM.

AND SOME MORE FORMALITY TO SAY IF YOU'RE IN THIS ZONE, YOU KNOW, HERE'S A FEE YOU MIGHT HAVE OR HERE'S A RESTRICTION YOU MIGHT HAVE COMPARED TO BEING IN ANOTHER ZONE.

RIGHT NOW, IT'S GUIDANCE INFORMATION.

SO IF WE CAN GET THAT MOVING QUICKLY, THAT COULD THEN INFORM THE ET ANALYSIS BECAUSE WE'RE USING SIMILAR BOUNDARIES.

BUT BOTH COULD BE MORPHED OVER TIME.

I GUESS IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT, BUT I DO THINK YOU'RE POINTING OUT SOMETHING THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE, AND THAT IS TRY AND ESTABLISH WHAT WE WANT, WHAT WE THINK SUSTAINABILITY ZONES MIGHT NEED TO LOOK LIKE AT THIS POINT, ESPECIALLY FOR TRYING TO ASSESS WHAT MIGHT BE THE ET TRENDS THAT ARE GOING ON, THE CONSUMPTIVE USE TRENDS GOING ON IN THOSE DIFFERENT ZONES.

THOSE DIFFERENT AREAS OF OUR BASIN, I SHOULD SAY, YOU KNOW.

WOULD FOLLOW THAT, IN ORDER TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT SUSTAINABILITY ZONES WE ARE LOOKING AT, TALKING ABOUT THAT, THAT WE NEED TO GET THE DATA COLLECTION FROM SOME REMOTE SENSING TO ASSIST IN THAT DECISION MAKING? SO, THE TWO OF THEM SEEM TO BE NETWORKED THERE.

IS IT

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WELL, I JUST WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT WE DON'T NEED WE DON'T NEED TO GET TOO FAR INTO IT.

I JUST I JUST MENTION THAT BECAUSE THIS IS JUST A DISCUSSION ITEM.

OK, ANY MORE QUESTIONS FOR GREG? DIRECTION. BUT IT SEEMS TO ME YOU KIND OF ALLUDED TO IT A LITTLE BIT, THAT THERE ARE SOME AREAS WHERE MAYBE THE GROUNDWATER IS CLOSER TO THE SURFACE.

WE HAVE AREAS THAT HAVE ISSUES WITH WATER QUALITY, YOU KNOW, SO I'M KIND OF, MY EXPECTATION IS THAT WHEN YOU COME BACK, YOU WOULD BE ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES AS PART OF HOW WE DECIDE WHAT ZONES OR ZONES IS THAT? WHAT I WOULD THINK WE'D WANT TO DO IS ASK, I DON'T WANT TO BE THE ONE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THOSE ZONES. I THINK WE NEED TO ASK SOMEBODY TO TAKE ON THAT EFFORT.

AND THEY WOULD LOOK AT SEVERAL FACTORS, GEOPOLITICAL BOUNDARIES, HYDRO-GEOLOGY, WATER QUALITY, MAYBE TRENDS IN AGRICULTURE.

AND IF YOU LAYERED SEVERAL OF THOSE THINGS TOGETHER, WHAT IS IT? WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO SOME STUFF START TO START TO SORT OUT BASED ON THAT? I THINK, YOU KNOW, LACEY AND I WOULD BE INVOLVED IN HELPING TRY AND GUIDE SOME OF THOSE FACTORS AND WHICH MAY WEIGH MORE THAN OTHERS.

BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOMEBODY COME BACK WITH THREE OR FOUR DIFFERENT PROPOSALS THAT SAY, LOOK, LOOKING AT THIS HANDFUL OF FACTORS, HERE'S KIND OF WHAT WE LOOK AT.

YOU KNOW, MAYBE THERE'S SOME AREAS THAT HAVE MORE DEEP WELLS.

THERE'S A SUBSIDENCE ZONE THAT'S KIND OF IN THAT SOUTHWEST CORNER.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT TO FACTOR IN. AND THEN WE CAN BRING THAT BACK IN AND DISCUSS IF WE WANT TO TRY AND SETTLE IN AN AREA FOR PURPOSES OF STARTING TO PUT FORWARD OTHER PROJECTS AND OTHER CONCEPTS.

BASED ON THE CRITERIA PUT FORTH BY SGMA? I DON'T KNOW IF WE'D HAVE TO BE LIMITED BY THAT CRITERIA.

I THINK IT'S WHAT WE THINK MIGHT MAKE SENSE.

WHAT'S PRACTICAL, RIGHT. YOU KNOW, I MEAN, SANDY MUSH IS A GREAT EXAMPLE.

IT'S WITH NON-DISTRICTED LANDS SPACED IN BETWEEN WHERE YOU PROBABLY DON'T WANT TO HAVE A SUSTAINABILITY ZONE LIKE IN THIS CASE ACTUALLY CUTS PART OF SANDY MUSH.

I MEAN, AGAIN, THESE ARE JUST VERY SIMPLISTIC PICTURES.

SO IT MAY HAVE INTERESTING SHAPES TO INCLUDE THINGS.

WELL, IS THAT, YOU'RE DOING THAT BECAUSE THAT'S MORE PRACTICAL FOR MANAGEMENT? POSSIBLY, BUT WHAT ELSE DOES IT DOES HAVE OTHER IMPLICATIONS OF WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T REALLY LOOK AT THAT THAT MUCH.

AND MAYBE WE GET BACK TO LOOK, WE JUST HAVE TWO, WE BASICALLY DRAW A BIG LINE RIGHT HERE.

AND YOU SAY THIS IS AN AREA AND THIS IS AN AREA.

RIGHT? I DON'T KNOW. AND I THINK WE SHOULD FRONT OF US. THINK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF TRYING TO MANAGE THE BASIN TO GROUNDWATER LEVELS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO FOR PURPOSES OF DEMONSTRATING THAT WE'RE MEETING OUR SGMA OBJECTIVES.

ESPECIALLY, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE IT TO THIS BIG PARTY HERE IN THE MIDDLE WHO'S PART OF OUR BASIN.

THEY'RE GOING TO WANT TO SEE ACTIVITY IS IS OCCURRING.

AND WE MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT REPORTING AND INTERACTION ASPECT ALSO.

THANKS, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU, SO THE DIRECTION WILL BE TO TO DIRECT A CURRENT STAFF TO MOVE FORWARD IN THIS RECOMMENDATION FOR THE NEXT STEPS.

IS THAT CORRECT? WE'RE IN AGREEMENT. YES.

OK, THANK YOU. I DIDN'T, OPEN UP THE PUBLIC.

SO ANY ANY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS ITEM BEFORE WE LEAVE IT.

OK, THANK YOU. OK.

NEXT ITEM, JUST A FEW PAPERS HERE.

NEXT ITEM IS THE FISCAL YEAR.

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TWENTY TWENTY ONE BUDGET AND LAND OWNER FEE APPROVAL.

MS. MCBRIDE WILL PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

SO THE MERCED SUB-BASIN IN GSAS PROPOSED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR TWENTY TWENTY ONE IS FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND TWO DOLLARS.

THIS INCLUDES BUDGET CATEGORIES OF LEGAL SERVICES, TECHNICAL SERVICES AND MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES, WHICH TOGETHER MAKE THE TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES FOR THE GSA AND THEN ADDITIONAL EXPENSES OF GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN.

EXPENSES REFLECT THE BASIN WIDE SHARED COST THAT ALL THREE GSAS IN THE MERCED BASIN SPLIT.

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ACCORDING TO THE COORDINATION AGREEMENT.

REVENUE IS BALANCED TO THESE EXPENSES AND IT COMES FROM CASH THAT IS CARRIED OVER FROM THE PRIOR YEAR AND THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR.

TWENTY TWENTY, TWENTY TWENTY ONE SGMA COMPLIANCE LANDOWNER FEE.

SO IF IT WORKS FOR THE BOARD, I'LL WALK THROUGH SOME OF THESE CATEGORIES AND EXPLAIN SOME OF THE NUMBERS THAT YOU SEE ON HERE.

AND THEN I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND IT'LL BE AVAILABLE FOR BOARD DISCUSSION. SO THE FIRST CATEGORY IS LEGAL EXPENSES.

THESE LEGAL SERVICES EXPENSES ARE PROPOSED IN THE AMOUNT OF SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THIS IS THE ESTIMATED AMOUNT REMAINING ON THE CONTRACT FOR LEGAL SERVI`CES WITH HERIM, CRABTREE AND SUNTAG.

THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GSA IS NOT NECESSARILY EXPECTING TO SPEND THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND IN TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

HOWEVER, SINCE THAT'S THE REMAINING AMOUNT ON THE CONTRACT, WE'RE INCLUDING IT IN THE BUDGET.

UNDER TECHNICAL SERVICES, THIS INCLUDES FUNDING AND THE AMOUNT OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE FEE MODEL MAINTENANCE.

THAT'S THE 218 ELECTION ITEM YOU SEE RIGHT THERE.

THIS IS A CONTRACT THAT THE BOARD APPROVED WITH WOODARD AND CURRAN LAST YEAR TO UPDATE THE SGMA LANDOWNER FEE MODEL AND TO PROVIDE THE DETAILED FEE ROLL FOR THE COUNTY'S ASSESSOR, THE COUNTY'S ASSESSOR'S OFFICES.

SO THE GSA HAS THIS CONTRACT IN PLACE.

AND THE ESTIMATED AMOUNT FOR THIS YEAR IS FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BUDGETED FOR HYDROLOGY AND MODELING UPDATE.

AND THIS AMOUNT IS SET ASIDE FOR ANY REQUEST THAT THE GSA MAY MAKE FOR A MODEL RUNS AND DATA FROM THE MERCED WATER RESOURCES MODEL OR ANY HYDRO-LOGICAL DATA THAT'S PERTINENT TO THIS GSA. SO THESE ARE ONLY REQUESTS.

THESE AREN'T BASIN WIDE REQUESTS FOR MODEL RUNS.

THIS WOULD BE REQUEST THAT THIS GSA MAKES OF WHAT ARE AND CURRAN, WHO CURRENTLY WE HAVE A CONTRACT WITH A BASIN WIDE TO DO ANY MODELING THAT WE MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN.

THE LARGEST AMOUNT IN THIS CATEGORY IS FOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

BUDGETING UNDER PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE STUDIES AND PROJECTS IDENTIFIED IN THE FIRST FIVE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.

AND SO THIS PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CATEGORY REALLY IS WHERE THE FUNDING WOULD COME OUT OF FOR THOSE PROJECTS THAT GREG YOUNG WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE PREVIOUS ITEM.

SO THESE PROJECTS COULD BE ACQUIRING DATA TO PREPARE THE PARCEL BASE WATER USE, ENHANCING THE MONITORING NETWORK, FRAMING THE CONVERSATION FOR DEMAND REDUCTION, EXPLORING THE USE OF SUSTAINABILITY ZONES AND ENGAGING ENTITIES, OTHER ENTITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS IN THOSE PROJECTS. THE FLOODMAR WATER RIGHTS APPLICATION, SO THIS IS AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT FOR THIS YEAR FOR THE MERCED SUB-BASIN AND GSAS COSTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT THAT THE BOARD APPROVED AT THE LAST MEETING FOR THE FLOOD WATER RIGHTS APPLICATION AND THE AGREEMENT AMONG MULTIPLE AGENCIES AND MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT. IN THAT AGREEMENT, MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PAYS HALF OF THE COSTS FOR THE WATER RIGHTS APPLICATION.

ALL OF THE OTHER AGENCIES TOGETHER PAY THE OTHER HALF OF THE COST AND THAT OTHER HALF, THAT OTHER 50 PERCENT IS STILL BEING NEGOTIATED.

SO RIGHT NOW, WE DON'T HAVE AN EXACT NUMBER OF WHAT THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GSAS PROPORTION OF THOSE COSTS WOULD BE.

SO THE ESTIMATE THAT WE PUT ON THIS, IN THIS BUDGET IS ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND.

UNDER A MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES, THESE INCLUDE MANY OF THE CONSISTENT EXPENSES THAT THIS BOARD HAS SEEN IN PREVIOUS BUDGETS.

THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BUDGET IS A FUNDING FOR AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN MERCED COUNTY AND THE GSA FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF STAFF TIME.

YOU'VE SEEN THIS ITEM BUDGETED IN THE PAST, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVEN'T HAD AN AGREEMENT.

AND AS A LATER AGENDA ITEM, YOU WILL SEE THIS AGREEMENT THAT THIS IS FUNDING BEFORE YOU, FOR CONSIDERATION.

CURRENTLY, MERCED COUNTY PROVIDE STAFF SUPPORT FOR THE DAILY ADMINISTRATION, FINANCIAL SERVICES AS THE TREASURER AND THE SECRETARY, SECRETARIAL DUTIES.

AND NOW THAT THE GSA HAS AN IDENTIFIED REVENUE SOURCE, THE COUNTIES WILL BE REQUESTING CONSIDERATION OF THAT AGREEMENT.

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SO THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GSA DOES HAVE A WAIVER FROM THE MERCED COUNTY AUDITOR'S OFFICE FOR THE ANNUAL AUDIT BECAUSE OF OUR LOW REVENUE.

HOWEVER, WITH THE SGMA COMPLIANCE LANDOWNER FEE NOW IN PLACE, THE GSA IS NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR THE FIVE YEAR WAIVER OF AN AUDIT AND WILL HAVE TO CONDUCT AN EXTERNAL AUDIT ANNUALLY. AND SO THAT'S A NEW ITEM IN THAT MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES IS THAT FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR AN ANNUAL AUDIT? THE OTHER NOTE I WANTED TO MAKE HERE IS LAST YEAR WE DID INCLUDE A CONTINGENCY UNDER MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES.

AND SINCE WE DID NOT, WE DID NOT SPEND THE CONTINGENCY AND YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE LATER ON, WE ACTUALLY HAD A FAIRLY LARGE CARRYOVER FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE CONTINGENCY HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS BUDGET.

SO THE SUM OF THESE EXPENSES MAKE UP THE TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES FOR THE GSA IN THE AMOUNT OF SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED.

I THINK YOU CAN LOOK AT THESE THREE CATEGORIES AS THESE ARE THE SOLE GSA EXPENSES.

THERE ARE ADDITIONAL EXPENSES THAT THE GSA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, AND THESE ARE THE BASIN WIDE GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN EXPENSES THAT ARE SHARED AMONG THE THREE GSAS IS IN THE BASIN. THEY'RE SHARED ACCORDING TO THE COORDINATION AGREEMENT AND IN THE COORDINATION AGREEMENT, THIS GSA COVERS 58 PERCENT OF ANY OF THOSE SHARED COSTS.

THE GSA, THE GSP EXPENSES FOR THE COMING YEAR INCLUDE FUNDING FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL REPORT AND GSP IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING, WHICH INCLUDES THE REQUIRED MONTHLY MONITORING OF THE MONITORING NETWORK.

AND SO YOU SEE UNDERGROUND WATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN EXPENSES.

THE 55000 IS THIS GSA ESTIMATED PORTION OF THE SECOND ANNUAL UPDATE AND THE IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING.

THAT'S ABOUT 50000 TO COVER THIS GSAS PORTION OF THAT MONTHLY MONITORING THAT WE HAVE TO DO WITHIN THE BASIN.

SO THERE'S TWO OTHER LARGE NUMBERS IN THERE THAT I WANT TO GET INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL WITH YOU.

AND THIS IS IN THE CATEGORY OF GSP DEVELOPMENT, THOSE TWO THAT 200000 AND THE SIXTY THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWO TOGETHER, THAT IS THE REMAINING AMOUNT OF THE GSP DEVELOPMENT COSTS THAT WERE COLLECTED FROM THE MEMBER AGENCIES BACK IN 2017, 2018 IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN.

SO BACK IN SEVENTEEN, EIGHTEEN THERE WERE MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN THOUSAND.

THIS WAS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY CASH FLOW TO REIMBURSE THE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT FOR THIS GSAS PORTION OF THE GSP DEVELOPMENT COSTS.

AND THOSE WERE THE COSTS THAT WERE UNDER THAT CONTRACT WITH WOODARD AND CURRAN TO DEVELOP THE GSP.

MID HAS RECEIVED A MAJORITY OF THE REIMBURSEMENT FROM OUR DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES PROPOSITION ONE GRANT, THAT'S THAT ONE POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT AWARD, THEY'VE RECEIVED A LOT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT FROM THAT.

AND THIS GSA HAS REIMBURSED MID FOR ANY LOCAL COST SHARE THAT THE GRANT DID NOT PAY FOR.

AND THAT AMOUNT THAT WE'VE PAID, WE'VE REIMBURSED TO MID IS ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX DOLLARS.

SO THIS REMAINING AMOUNT IS WHAT WAS SET ASIDE FOR GSP DEVELOPMENT HAS NOT BEEN COVERED BY THE GRANT AND WE'VE NOT PAID IT TO MID FOR NON GRANT FUNDED EXPENSES.

SO BECAUSE THIS IS GSP DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS AND BECAUSE IT'S FUNDING THAT CAME FROM MEMBER AGENCY CONTRIBUTIONS, IT WON'T BE SPENT IN ANY OTHER CATEGORY OTHER THAN GSP DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL.

THIS FUNDING, IT MAY CONTINUE TO BE SPENT ON SOME OF THE MINOR GSP DEVELOPMENT COSTS THAT WILL CONTINUE. THESE ARE ANY OF THE NON REIMBURSABLE COSTS THAT MIGHT BE UNDER THE REMAINING PROPOSITION ONE GRANT.

ANY NON REIMBURSABLE COSTS FROM THE PROP SIXTY EIGHT, THE ROUND THREE GRANT THAT WE TALKED ABOUT AND ALSO THERE IS ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS REMAINING ON THE WOODARD AND CURRAN CONTRACT THAT'S NOT GRANT FUNDED.

AND SO AND THAT ESTIMATED SIXTY THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWO DOLLARS.

YOU CAN LOOK AT THAT AS THAT COULD BE THE PORTION OF GSP DEVELOPMENT THAT IF WE DID SPEND THE WOODARD AND CURRAN CONTRACT DOWN TO ZERO.

THIS GSA PAYS 58 PERCENT OF THAT, ABOUT FIFTY EIGHT THOUSAND.

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AND THEN WE HAVE A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS IN NON REIMBURSABLE GRANT EXPENSES FOR CONSULTANT TRAVEL AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

THEY'RE USUALLY NOT THAT MUCH.

I DID CHECK WITH WOODARD AND CURRAN.

THEY DID NOT ANTICIPATE IT TO BE THAT HIGH FOR THE NON REIMBURSABLE DOLLARS FOR THOSE GRANTS LEFT OVER. SO SETTING ASIDE SIXTY THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWO DOLLARS FOR ANY CONTINUED GSP DEVELOPMENT, THAT LEAVES APPROXIMATELY 200000 DOLLARS OF THOSE MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO BE RETURNED BACK TO THE MEMBER AGENCIES.

IN THE BUDGET YOU SEE HERE, THAT TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IS ALLOCATED TO RETURN BACK TO THE AGENCIES, BUT THAT'S AN ITEM FOR A BOARD DISCUSSION IS WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO DO WITH THAT TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

SO IN THE REVENUE SECTION OVER THE PAST YEAR, THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GSA HAS RECEIVED GRANT FUNDING WHICH HAVE HELPED OFFSET SOME OF THE ANTICIPATED EXPENSES IN LAST YEAR'S BUDGET.

ADDITIONALLY, THE AND THE GSA WAS NOT YET IN PLACE.

AND SO THAT FUNDING IN THE MISCELLANEOUS CATEGORY WAS NOT SPENT.

THE CONTINGENCY WAS NOT SPENT THIS PAST YEAR.

WE DID HAVE, WE DID HAVE AN ACCOUNTING ERROR THAT WAS QUICKLY CAUGHT AND RETURNED.

IT WAS SOME IT WAS SOME FUNDING THAT WAS EXPENDED OUT OF THE GSA ACCOUNT, BUT QUICKLY RETURNED THIS YEAR.

AND SO THAT'S GOING TO ALSO ACCOUNT FOR THE CASH CARRYOVER THAT WE HAVE.

AND SO THE CARRYOVER FROM TWENTY TWENTY FROM THE 2019 2020 BUDGET TO THE TWENTY, TWENTY, TWENTY TWENTY ONE BUDGET IS IN THE AMOUNT OF EIGHT HUNDRED AND ONE DOLLARS, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE. THIS IS AS OF MID-JUNE.

WE WILL UPDATE THESE NUMBERS WITH THE ACTUAL END OF THE YEAR BUDGET NUMBERS.

ONCE ALL OF THE INVOICES HAVE BEEN PAID, INVOICES FROM JUNE HAVE BEEN PAID AND SO WE CAN GET THE ACTUAL NUMBER.

SO JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT CASH NUMBER IS FROM MID-JUNE, SO IT WILL BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. SO EACH OF THESE NUMBERS MAY BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT ONCE WE FINALIZE THE END OF THE YEAR NUMBERS.

SO TO FUND THE REMAINING AMOUNT OF THIS PROPOSED BUDGET, IF WE HAVE THE EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR CASH FROM LAST YEAR, WE WOULD NEED ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY FOUR THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE DOLLARS, WHICH WOULD COME FROM THE SGMA COMPLIANCE LANDOWNER FEE.

THE PER ACRE FEE TO COLLECT ONE HUNDRED NINETY FOUR THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED THREE DOLLARS WOULD BE APPROXIMATELY 90 CENTS FOR IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE ACRES AND 13 CENTS FOR ALL REMAINING ACRES THAT ARE NOT EXEMPT.

AND REMEMBER, YOU DID EXEMPT PARCELS THAT ARE TWO ACRES OR SMALLER AND FEDERALLY OWNED PARCELS LAND.

LIKE I SAID, THESE NUMBERS WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR ACCOUNT TOTALS AND THEY WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THE PARCEL MAPS AND THE LAND USE CHANGES THAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED IN THE GSA OVER THE PAST YEAR, AND SO THAT 90 CENTS, 13 CENTS AN ACRE IS BASED ON LAST YEAR'S PARCEL MAP AND LAST YEAR'S LAND USE NUMBERS.

AND THERE COULD BE SOME CHANGES IN THOSE OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR, THAT'LL BE UPDATED IN THE FEE MODEL.

UNDER THAT CONTRACT THAT YOU HAVE WITH WOODFARD AND CURRAN.

SO THIS ALSO ASSUMES THAT THE GSP DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS THAT ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE RETURNED TO THE MEMBER AGENCIES ARE RETURNED.

IF THOSE DOLLARS ARE INSTEAD MADE AVAILABLE TO FUND THIS BUDGET, THEY COULD OFFSET THAT ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THERE WOULD BE NO LANDOWNER FEE.

OR THEY COULD BE PROGRAMMED TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ANOTHER ITEM IN THE BUDGET.

THEY COULD BE PROGRAMMED TO INSTALL MONITORING WELLS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IN WHICH CASE YOU STILL WOULD NEED THE LANDOWNER FEE BECAUSE THAT FUNDING WOULD BE SPENT ELSEWHERE. SO FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION TODAY, IS THE CONSIDER APPROVING A BUDGET FOR TWENTY TWENTY, TWENTY TWENTY ONE AND THEN ALSO CONSIDER APPROVING A LANDOWNER COMPLIANCE FEE, SGMA COMPLIANCE LANDOWNER FEE AT A RATE THAT FUNDS THAT TWENTY TWENTY, TWENTY TWENTY ONE BUDGET. AND A COUPLE OF THINGS TO CONSIDER IS WHAT TO DO WITH THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR GSP DEVELOPMENT FUNDING BACK IN 2017 WHEN THAT WAS APPROVED TO BE COLLECTED FOR THE MEMBER AGENCIES AS STAFF.

WE TOLD YOU THAT WE WOULD BRING THIS BACK AND YOU WOULD HAVE IT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE ON WHAT TO DO WITH IT IF YOU WOULD RETURN IT BACK TO THE AGENCIES OR USE IT IN ANOTHER

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PLACE. AND SO THIS IS NOW THE TIME TO DECIDE THAT.

THE, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A LOT OF BUILDING FROM MID FOR THE GSP EXPENSES, AND I AM ASSUMING THAT'S BEEN PRIMARILY MID HAS PAID WOODARD AND CURRAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GSP AND THEY'VE BEEN GETTING REIMBURSED DIRECTLY BY THE DWR.

AND THAT'S WHY IT'S BEEN SLOW FOR THEM TO ACTUALLY BILL US.

HAVE YOU HAD SAT DOWN WITH THEM AND LOOK AT THE ACCOUNTING OF THE BILLING AND EVERYTHING YET? AND SO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT THESE ARE OUR CORRECT NUMBERS? YES. SO WE HAD IN 2017, WE HAD ANTICIPATED THAT MID WOULD NOT FRONT THE GSP DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS BEFORE THE DWR PROPOSITION ONE GRANT WOULD START REIMBURSING THEM.

THEY DID, IN FACT, FRONT THOSE DOLLARS.

THEY DID NOT COME TO US AND ASK FOR US TO PUT FORWARD THE CASH AND THEN REIMBURSE US WHEN THEY GOT REIMBURSED BY DWR.

AND SO PART OF THE REASON WE HAD A LOT WE HAD COLLECTED A LOT AND THEN IT WAS NOT SPENT WAS THAT WE NEEDED THAT CASH FLOW IN PLACE IN CASE MID CAME TO US AND DID NOT WANT TO FRONT THE DOLLARS BUT THEY DID.

I REACHED OUT TO WOODARD AND CURRAN DIRECTLY ON THE THE 63000 THAT GSP DEVELOPMENT.

I REACHED OUT TO WOODARD AND CURRAN ON THEIR ESTIMATE FOR HOW MUCH THE SECOND ANNUAL REPORT WOULD COST.

AND THEN I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH MID ON THE GSP IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING AND HOW MUCH THEY WERE ANTICIPATING THAT WOULD COST.

AND SO I DIDN'T NECESSARILY SIT DOWN WITH MID AND TALK TO MID ABOUT EACH OF THESE COSTS.

BUT I DID REACH DIRECTLY OUT TO WOODARD AND CURRAN AND WHAT THEIR ESTIMATES WOULD BE.

I DO SEE THE INVOICES FROM WOODARD AND CURRAN.

WHEN MID INVOICES US FOR ANY NON GRANT FUNDED DOLLARS, THEY SEND ALL THE BACKUP DOCUMENTATION. AND SO I SEE ALL THAT COMING FROM WOODARD AND CURRAN.

YEAH. I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW YOUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH THESE NUMBERS.

SO THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A SURPRISE BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOMETHING THAT IS, YOU KNOW, NOT IN THE NUMBERS I DID, THAT'S WHY I BROUGHT THAT UP.

THE QUESTION I HAVE WITH REGARD TO THE BUDGET, WE'RE GOING TO BE RECEIVING BACK FROM STAFF AND GREG YOUNG, A PROPOSAL TO FUND THESE ACTIVITIES FOR THE FIVE YEAR IMPLEMENTATION.

ARE THOSE ACTIVITIES GOING TO BE FUNDED WITHIN THIS CURRENT BUDGET? THEY ARE. THOSE ACTIVITIES ARE FUNDED UNDER TECHNICAL SERVICES IN THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT SECTION. SO THERE'S TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS UNDER PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

AND THAT TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND WOULD COVER ANY OF THOSE FIRST FIVE IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS AND STUDIES THAT WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR.

OK, AND YOU'VE KIND OF WORKED THAT OUT WITH ESTIMATING IT WITH GREG AND WHAT WOULD IT WOULD BE EXPENDED IN THIS NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

IT IS AN ESTIMATE.

WE DO NOT HAVE IT BROKEN DOWN EXACTLY BY PROJECT BY PROJECT.

BUT IT'S IN THERE.

IT'S AN ESTIMATE. YEAH. OK.

IF WE DECIDE TO KEEP THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND, WHAT DOES THAT DO TO OUR 218 LANDOWNER FEE.

SO IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU DO WITH THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND.

IF YOU KEEP THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND AND YOU DON'T RETURN IT TO THE AGENCIES AND YOU JUST WANT TO USE IT TO FUND THIS BUDGET, YOU COULD ESSENTIALLY MAKE THAT 218 LANDOWNER FEE GO AWAY BECAUSE WE COULD TAKE THAT TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND INSTEAD OF SENDING IT BACK TO THE AGENCIES, YOU'RE USING IT TO FUND THE LANDOWNER FEE.

IF YOU TAKE THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND AND YOU HAVE SOMETHING MORE SPECIFIC IN MIND THAT YOU WANT TO USE WITH IT AND IT GETS SPENT ELSEWHERE, THEN YOU WILL STILL NEED A LANDOWNER FEE TO FUND THE REST OF THE BUDGET.

BUT WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE A SEPARATE ACTION FOR APPROVING THOSE MONEYS FOR ANOTHER ACTIVITY BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T WE HAVEN'T APPROVED USING THOSE THAT TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND

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DIRECTLY FOR NON, THAT IT WAS FOR GSP DEVELOPMENT AND THIS WOULD BE A NEW ACTIVITY.

CORRECT. SO. IT WOULD BE AN ACTION ON OUR PART.

OH, THAT'S AN ERROR. NINETEEN TWENTY.

NINETEEN TWENTY.

NINETEEN TWENTY. I APOLOGIZE.

IS THAT TRULY A CARRYOVER OF CASH? THAT'S THAT IS CASH THAT'S IN YOUR ACCOUNT THAT WILL BE IN YOUR ACCOUNT.

IT WAS IN YOUR ACCOUNT ON JUNE 30TH 2020.

AND THEN IT'S IN YOUR ACCOUNT STARTING ON THE BEGINNING OF YOUR FISCAL YEAR, JULY 1ST TWENTY TWENTY. OK, AND ON THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND OF AGENCY CONTRIBUTIONS IS THAT SINCE INCEPTION OR JUST ONE FISCAL ONE A ONE TIME CONTRIBUTION.

THAT WAS THE ONE TIME CONTRIBUTION THAT ALL OF THE AGENCIES MADE.

WE HAD A TOTAL AMOUNT OF FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN THOUSAND AND SOME ODD DOLLARS IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, EIGHTEEN, AND EACH OF THE AGENCIES CONTRIBUTED TO THAT AMOUNT FOR GSP DEVELOPMENT. SO THAT IS A ONE TIME CONTRIBUTION THAT WAS MADE AND IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE PRIOR CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE AGENCIES HAVE MADE.

I THINK THERE'S BEEN THREE ROUNDS OF CONTRIBUTION, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, RIGHT.

MR. CHAIR? YES. LACEY, OF THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND, HOW MANY OF THOSE DOLLARS CAME FROM THE COUNTY, DO YOU KNOW? YES, I DO KNOW.

SO THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND IS BROKEN DOWN.

IT WAS THE CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE EQUALLY ONE SIXTH PER BOARD SEAT.

IF A BOARD SEAT IS SHARED BETWEEN TWO AGENCIES I AS STAFF FOR THE GSA, I DO NOT KNOW HOW THOSE AGENCIES SPLIT THAT.

THAT'S UP TO THEM. THE COUNTY DOES PROVIDE THE FUNDING FOR THE TWO WHITE AREA SEATS SINCE THEY APPOINT THOSE MEMBERS AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS POSITION.

SO HALF OF THAT FUNDING WAS PROVIDED BY THE COUNTY AND THEN THE OTHER HALF WAS PROVIDED BY THE OTHER THREE BOARD POSITIONS.

AND THE REASON I ASK THAT IS THAT THAT THAT MONEY CAME FROM ALL TAXPAYERS.

AND SO SHOULD WE THEN PUT IT BACK TO ALL TAXPAYERS AND THEN CHARGE THE USERS A FEE FOR THEIR RIGHT GOING FORWARD? I JUST HATE TO NOT AT LEAST DISCUSS THAT.

NO I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT.

SO BASICALLY, THE COUNTY REPRESENTS THREE OF THE SEATS OR AT LEAST FINANCIALLY THREE OF THE SEATS. AND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS THAT THAT'S THE COUNTY'S MONEY AND THAT COMES FROM ALL TAXPAYERS IN THE COUNTY.

AND I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT.

SO I DO UNDERSTAND THAT, THAT IT PROBABLY SHOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY.

AND THEN THE OTHER THREE SEATS WOULD GET THEIR MONEY BACK AND THEN THEY COULD JUST TURN AROUND AND USE IT TO PUT BACK IN, I GUESS, AS PART OF THEIR 218S, IF THEY ARE PROVIDING IT UPON FOR THEIR MEMBERS OR HOWEVER THEY WANT TO DEAL WITH IT, IT MAKES A CLEANER.

I AGREE NOW.

I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE IT.

I AGREE. LACEY, ISN'T THE FEE FOR THE LANDOWNERS THIS YEAR ABOUT WHAT FORTY PERCENT OF WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR? IT IS. LAST YEAR YOU COLLECTED JUST SHY OF FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND AND SO THIS YEAR IT'S COLLECTING JUST SHY OF TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND.

THE MAXIMUM, AS YOU RECALL, IS FOUR DOLLARS FOR IRRIGATED ACRES AND FIFTY CENTS FOR ALL OTHER ACRES. AND SO THIS IS SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN THAT.

OK, UM, I WOULD TEND TO AGREE AS FAR AS THE THOUGHTS ON THE TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND.

I ALSO AGREE.

SO IF WE'RE IN AGREEMENT, THEN WE STICK WITH THE BUDGET, CORRECT? OK. I HAVE A GRANDE WHEN I THINK IT WAS THIS YEAR, WE OPTED TO DO OUR OWN ASSESSMENT, BUT I DON'T THINK WE DID THAT IN THE ORIGINAL TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND.

SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE MIXING THE FUNDS HERE, ARE WE? NO.

THE 218 AT ALL.

SO YOU'RE LANDOWNERS ARE NEVER CHARGED.

LA GRAND-ATHLONE WATER DISTRICT ITSELF PAYS THAT FEE ON BEHALF OF THE LANDOWNERS.

SO IF THIS FUNDING WERE TO GO BACK TO LE GRAND-ATHLONE, IT WOULD GO BACK TO THE DISTRICT FOR THE DISTRICT TO DO WITH IT WHAT IT WISHES.

ALL RIGHT.

MR SOMETIMES MY BRAIN JUST GET STUCK ON STUFF.

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BUT SO YOU HAVE A BUDGET ITEM FOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT.

AND WHAT I THINK OF GSAS AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, I THINK OF GROUNDWATER RECHARGE, YOU KNOW, THOSE KIND OF PROJECTS.

AND SO IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE A DIFFERENT NOMENCLATURE TO DESCRIBE THAT POSSIBLE?REALLY ARE KIND OF THE PROJECTS IN THE STUDIES THAT WE'RE MORE TALKING ABOUT, NOT THE LARGE WITH SPECIFIC BENEFICIARIES, CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

WE CAN CHANGE THE WORDING TO REFLECT THAT.

DIFFERENT LANGUAGE UP THERE.

BUT THE DISCUSSION WE HAD BEFORE THIS WAS TALKING ABOUT KIND OF TWO, THREE SPECIFIC ITEMS WE KNOW ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD.

BUT WE HAVE SEVERAL THINGS ON HERE FROM THIS, IS FROM THE OCTOBER DISCUSSION ABOUT FIRST FIVE, INCLUDING RECHARGE PILOT PROJECTS AND LOOKING AT WHERE WE MIGHT MAKE SENSE TO HAVE RECHARGED. AND SO THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS I THINK WE WANT TO GET GOING ALSO.

BUT WE WANTED TO START WITH A COUPLE OF THINGS FIRST SO WE COULD START FRAMING THOSE OTHERS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGETS FOR THE ENTIRE FISCAL YEAR.

A COUPLE OF PROJECTS WE WERE IDENTIFYING WHERE THE THINGS WE WANT TO GET GOING LIKE NOW AND THEN THAT WILL HELP INFORM SOME OF THE OTHER DECISIONS LATER IN THIS YEAR THAT WE'LL BE USING SOME OF THAT SAME BUDGET.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? YEAH.

YEAH. BUT I AGREE THAT TERMINOLOGY COULD PROBABLY BE MODIFIED.

YEAH. I MEAN, BECAUSE REALLY, WHAT WHAT THOSE DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BE USED FOR IS TO COLLECT DATA AND INFORMATION SO THAT PROJECTS CAN BE DONE BY AGENTS, OUR GROUPS OR WHOEVER FARMERS OR WATER DISTRICTS THAT WANT TO DO PROJECTS OF RECHARGE OR OTHER, YOU KNOW, THE OTHER CRITERIA IS UNDER SGMA.

BUT SO I JUST DON'T WANT THE PUBLIC TO THINK THAT WE'RE USING THEIR MONEY TO SOME DEGREE TO CREATE PROJECTS THAT WOULD BENEFIT SOME AND NOT EVERYONE.

IS THAT RIGHT? AND WE CAN CLARIFY THAT WHEN WE FINALIZE AN APPROVED BUDGET WILL CHANGE THE LANGUAGE THERE TO REFLECT THAT.

THANKS.MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION.

TREASURER? I KNOW FROM LONETREE STANDPOINT, AND I CAN'T SPEAK FOR SANDY MUSH, BUT I WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE A REFUND.

I'D RATHER JUST HAVE A CREDIT ON THE BOOKS.

OH, OK. OK, I'M SURE THAT COULD BE.

AND I COULD INQUIRE ABOUT WHETHER WHAT SANDY MUSH'S POSITION IS.

OK. OK, WE'LL WORK WITH OUR FISCAL MANAGER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET THE RIGHT DOCUMENTATION FOR THAT FOR YOU.

OK, THANK YOU. DON'T DRIVE THE ASSESSORS TOO CRAZY, THOUGH.

YES, ON THE FLOODMAR WATER RIGHT APPLICATION OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND.

THAT'S I UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS FOR.

BUT ALSO, A LOT OF THE MEMBER AGENCIES ALSO PAY A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE APPLICATION IS THAT ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND JUST FOR THE NON PARTICIPATING AGENCIES TO PAY? DO YOU UNDERSTAND MY QUESTION? LIKE, I CAN SAY IT MORE CLEARLY.

NO, I DO UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTION.

SO YOUR QUESTION IS THERE ARE ARE PAYING INTO THAT 50 PERCENT OF THE WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT.

THEY'RE EACH PAYING INDIVIDUALLY.

THE GSA IS ONE OF THE AGENCIES THAT PAYS THIS FUNDING IS ONLY FOR THE GSAS PORTION.

BUT I THINK AS A GSA, THERE STILL NEEDS TO BE A DISCUSSION.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE LAST MEETING.

THERE STILL NEEDS TO BE A DISCUSSION OF HOW THAT IS PAID, WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE SOME OF THOSE OTHER AGENCIES WHO ARE ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT, PAYING THEIR SHARE OF THE WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT, AND THEN THEY'RE PAYING A SHARE OF THE GSAS PORTION. AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAD DISCUSSED BEFORE.

BUT IT STILL DOES NEED TO BE WORKED OUT AMONG THE BOARD MEMBERS HERE.

WE'LL HAVE A COST SHARING AGREEMENT, HOPEFULLY BY THE NEXT MEETING FOR CONSIDERATION BY THIS BOARD, WHICH WOULD PROBABLY BE THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO START GETTING INTO TALKING ABOUT HOW THE GSA IS GOING TO FUND ITS PORTION OF THAT COST SHARING AGREEMENT.

WHEN YOU SAY THAT BY THE NEXT MEETING, YOU MEAN? A FUTURE MEETING TO BE DETERMINED.

OK.

IT'S STILL IN NEGOTIATIONS RIGHT NOW, SO WE DON'T HAVE THE AGREEMENT IN PLACE AMONG ALL

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THE AGENCIES. THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS NOT UNTIL OCTOBER.

I WOULD IMAGINE WE'D WANT THIS COST SHARE AGREEMENT TO BE APPROVED WELL BEFORE THE OCTOBER MEETING. OK, ANOTHER QUESTION? YOU NEED A LITTLE EXERCISE TODAY.

WE WERE JUST HOPING ON THE FLOODMAR DEAL THAT IT'S CLARIFIED WITH THE BOARD WHERE IT'S NOT DOUBLE DIPPING OR IT'S JUST NOT DOUBLE DIPPING BETWEEN THE MEMBER AGENCIES AND WHAT WE'RE PAYING INTO GSA, YOU KNOW, WE'RE PAYING TWICE INTO IT, THAT'S ALL.

WE'RE JUST HOPING FOR SOME CLARIFICATION ON THAT.

SO THANK YOU. THAT WOULD BE THE INTENT.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE? ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE BOARD? THERE'S TWO ACTIONS, THE FIRST, IF I CAN FIND MY NOTES NOW.

FIRST ACTION IS TO APPROVE THE FISCAL 2021 GSA BUDGET.

DO WE HAVE A MOTION? MR. CHAIR, ALL THE CONTRIBUTING AGENCIES AND THEN SUCH.

ALSO, A SECOND MOTION FOR APPROVING THE PROP 218 LANDOWNER FEE OF ONE HUNDRED NINETY FOUR THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FORTY THREE DOLLARS.

DO WE WANT TO SEPARATE THE TWO ACTIONS? SECRETARY? I THINK I THINK FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE BUDGET, MAYBE A GOOD IDEA JUST TO MAKE IT NICE AND CLEAN. SO. MR. PARK, IF YOU WOULD MAYBE JUST SEPARATE THE TWO AND WE'LL JUST DO THE FIRST MOTION WITH THE BUDGET, WITH THE ASSOCIATED ACTION OF RETURNING THE MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS AS DESCRIBED. AND SECOND, THAT'S BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED BY MEMBER PARK, ALL IN FAVOR? AYE. OPPOSED? SO CARRIED.

NEXT ACTION IS THE THE APPROVAL OF THE RATE THAT WAS PRESENTED BY STAFF AND AUTHORIZED STAFF TO SUBMIT THE FEE TO THE APPROPRIATE ENTITIES FOR PAYMENT AND AND JUST TO CLARIFY IT, YOU DID LIST EXACT DOLLAR AMOUNT AND I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY THAT COULD CHANGE SLIGHTLY BASED ON THE LAND USE CHANGES, THE PARTIAL CHANGES AND THE END OF THE YEAR DOLLAR AMOUNT. SO PERHAPS NOT, PERHAPS APPROVE THE FUNDS, THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD FUND THIS BUDGET, WHICH IS GOING TO BE VERY SIMILAR TO THAT.

BUT I CANNOT GUARANTEE IT'S THE EXACT AMOUNT.

WE WILL AMEND THE FIRST MOTION.

YEAH, OK. AS IT RELATES TO THE LANDOWNER FEE.

OK, SO WE'RE IN AGREEMENT THAT IT'S, THIS NOW CALLING FOR THE CLARIFICATION THAT THE LANDOWNER BE ADOPTED AS PRESENTED.

WELL, MR. HUNDRED FORTY THREE DOLLARS AND MAKE THAT THE AMOUNT, THEN IF THE ACREAGE DOES CHANGE, IT MIGHT BE 14 CENTS OR 12 CENTS INSTEAD OF THIRTEEN.

BUT IT WOULD STILL TOTAL THE SAME AMOUNT.

RIGHT? SO IF WE APPROVE THE GROSS AMOUNT, THEN THE ACRE NUMBER WILL FALL INTO PLACE.

FROM JUNE THAT NEEDS TO BE PAID, WHICH MIGHT CHANGE THAT, CARRY OVER A NUMBER THAT MIGHT SLIGHTLY CHANGE THE AMOUNT.

OK. SATISFIED? YEP. OK, SO WE'LL CALL FOR THE MOTION.

SOMEONE MOVED? SO MOVED.

AND WE HAVE A SECOND? SECOND.

IT'S BEEN MOVED AND SECONDED.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

OPPOSED? SO CARRIED. OK, THANK YOU.

NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS THE AGREEMENT WITH MERCED COUNTY FOR A SUPPORT SERVICES.

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SO THIS ONE, THIS AGREEMENT WAS ALLUDED TO IN THE BUDGET, WE HAD TALKED ABOUT THE SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT IS BUDGETED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, SUPPORT SERVICES THAT'S PROVIDED BY THE COUNTY OF MERCED.

THE COUNTY OF MERCED BEEN PROVIDING THESE SERVICES TO THE GSA SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2017.

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STAFF SUPPORT IS IN THE FORM OF THE DAILY ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, FISCAL SUPPORT AS THE TREASURER AND SECRETARIAL SUPPORT AS THE GSA'S SECRETARY.

NOW THAT THE GSA DOES HAVE A REVENUE SOURCE IN PLACE THROUGH THE PROPOSITION 218 LANDOWNER FEE THAT WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR, THE COUNTY IS REQUESTING THAT THE GSA CONSIDER APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GSA AND THE COUNTY FOR STARTING IN FISCAL YEAR 2020 THAT WILL OUTLINE THE SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT STAFF, INCLUDING PREPARING ANALYZES, REPORTS, AGENDAS, MINUTES, PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPLEMENT PROVISIONS OF THE GSP AND PROVIDING THE FISCAL AND THE TREASURER ACTIVITIES.

THE TERM OF THE AGREEMENT WOULD BE FOR A SINGLE YEAR.

IT WOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO THIS BOARD TO BE EXTENDED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH FISCAL YEAR. FOR THIS FIRST YEAR, PAYMENT FOR THE SUPPORT SERVICES WOULD BE FOR THE ACTUAL SERVICES PROVIDED AND THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BE INVOICED QUARTERLY. THE GSA HAS BEEN BUDGETING SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THESE SUPPORT SERVICES, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVEN'T HAD AN AGREEMENT IN PLACE.

AND SO WE'RE STARTING WITH A SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR MAXIMUM.

HOWEVER, WE DO ANTICIPATE THAT THE ACTUAL COSTS, ACCORDING TO THE RATES OF STAFF PROVIDING THESE SERVICES, WILL EXCEED SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

SO AT THIS TIME THERE WILL BE A MAXIMUM COST OF SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TO SUBSIDIZE THE STAFF SUPPORT.

SO SUPPORT WILL NOT END ONCE THAT MAXIMUM COST IS RECEIVED, THE COUNTY WILL CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR THIS FIRST YEAR.

HOWEVER, WE DO ANTICIPATE THAT IN FUTURE AMENDMENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT, IT'LL COME BACK TO THIS BOARD EACH YEAR.

THERE WILL BE A STEP PROCESS WHERE THAT MAXIMUM AMOUNT WILL INCREASE UNTIL THE TOTAL ACTUAL COSTS ARE REIMBURSED BACK TO THE COUNTY.

THAT ALSO GIVES THE GSA THE OPPORTUNITY TO EVALUATE STAFFING IN THE FUTURE IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE WITH THE COUNTY PROVIDING THESE SERVICES OR IF THEY WANT TO BRING IN OTHER STAFF AT THAT TIME. I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM BOARD MEMBERS ON THE SUPPORT SERVICES. MR. CHAIR? AS I AM WITH THE COUNTY, I'M GOING TO RECUSE MYSELF ON THIS ITEM.

OK, THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE BOARD WITH REGARD TO THE AGREEMENT FOR SUPPORT SERVICES WITH THE COUNTY.OPEN ITEM FOR THE PUBLIC.

ANY QUESTIONS OR DISCUSSION? OK, SEEING THAT, WE'LL CALL FOR THE QUESTION.

WE HAVE A MOTION. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH MERCED COUNTY FOR SUPPORT SERVICES. I'LL SECOND.

WE HAVE A MOTION, DO HAVE A SECOND? SECOND.

AND ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

OPPOSED? SO CARRIED, THANK YOU.

AGAIN FOR THE RECORD, WILL REFLECT MR. PAREIRA'S ABSTENTION. THANK YOU.

OK. NEXT ITEM.

OK, LEGAL COUNSEL CONTRACT EXTENSION.

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MS. MCBRIDE WILL PROVIDE A SUMMARY OF THE CONTRACT AMENDMENT WITH THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GSA AND HERUM CRABTREE SUNTAG FOR LEGAL SERVICES.

SO THE MERCED SUB-BASIN GSA HAS BEEN WORKING WITH JEANNE ZOLEZZI AND KARNA HARRIGFELD FROM THE OFFICE OF HERUM CRABTREE SUNTAG FOR LEGAL SUPPORT SERVICES.

THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT WAS IN THE NOT TO EXCEED AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND EXECUTED IN AUGUST OF 2017.

THE CONTRACT WAS THEN EXTENDED FOR A YEAR IN AUGUST OF 2018 AND 2019, AND THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPENSATION SECTION IN 2019 TO AGAIN EXTEND IT FOR A NOT TO EXCEED AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

SO THIS ITEM REQUEST THE BOARD CONSIDER, ANOTHER AMENDMENT TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT.

THESE ARE ONE YEAR AMENDMENTS.

SO THIS IS AN AMENDMENT TO EXTEND THE CONTRACT THROUGH AUGUST OF TWENTY TWENTY ONE.

BECAUSE THE COMPENSATION WAS AMENDED LAST YEAR, THERE IS NO NEED TO CHANGE THE

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COMPENSATION IN THE CONTRACT THIS YEAR.

AND SO THE AMENDMENT BEFORE YOU IS JUST A ONE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY JEANNE ZOLEZZI AND KARNA HARRIGFELD.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

ANY QUESTIONS FOR LACEY? HOW ABOUT FROM THE BOARD AND FROM THE PUBLIC? ANY QUESTIONS? IF NOT, WE'LL CALL FOR THE MOTION.

MR. CHAIRMAN, I'LL MAKE THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE EXTENSION OF THE CONTRACT.

MR. PARK HAS MOVED.

A SECOND? SECOND. AND SECOND BY PAREIRA.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE. OPPOSED? SO, CARRIED, THANK YOU.

NEXT ITEM IS THE AMSTERDAM WATER DISTRICT UPDATE PRESENTATION.

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MR. THERE WE GO. ALL RIGHT, THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I'VE BEEN HERE TO PRESENT ON AMSTERDAM, THE FIRST TIME WAS PROBABLY A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WE WERE IN THE BUT SINCE THEN, WE'VE FORMED THE DISTRICT AND HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS AND HAVE STARTED A NEW PROJECT. SO I MET WITH CHAIRMAN TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL OF BEING A PARTY TO THE JPA AND HE SUGGESTED THAT I COME TO THE TO THE WHOLE BOARD AND GIVE AN UPDATE AND THEN WE COULD GO FROM THERE ON THE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD.

SO THERE'S A PICTURE OF OUR THAT OUR FIRST BOARD MEETING IN TWENTY NINETEEN.

YOU CAN SEE THAT THE, A LOT OF CRANES IN THAT PICTURE AND SO THE LANDOWNERS IN THE CRANE FAMILY AND THE JOHNSONS FAMILY.

THERE WE GO. SO THERE IS THE AMSTERDAM WATER DISTRICT, YOU CAN SEE IT'S IN NORTH MERCED.

MOST OF YOU KNOW THE AREA.

THERE'S A POINTER HERE.

HIGHWAY 59 GOES RIGHT UP PAST THE AMSTERDAM WATER DISTRICT, THE FORMER AMSTERDAM AREA OF MERCER COUNTY. SO THERE IS A LAND USES WITHIN THE DISTRICT, TYPICAL MERCED COUNTY FARMING. WE GOT ALMONDS, GRAPES, WALNUTS, A LITTLE BIT OF ROW CROPS AND SOME UNDEVELOPED GRAZING LAND, SIX THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED SIXTY TWO ACRES.

AND SO THE WAY THAT THIS CAME ABOUT, A LITTLE HISTORY WHEN BACK IN TWENTY SIXTEEN, WHEN A LOT OF US HERE WERE MEETING IN THE ROOM NEXT DOOR ABOUT SGMA, IMPLEMENTATION OF GSAS AND WATER DISTRICTS AND MUTUAL WATER COMPANIES WERE BEING DISCUSSED.

MR. CRANE APPROACHED ME WHEN I WAS AT AT PROVOST AND PRITCHARD AND KIND OF WANTED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL THIS MEANT AND WHAT IT MEANT FOR HIS RANCH'S.

SO WE STARTED FIRST OFF WITH A WATER SUPPLY VALUATION JUST TO LOOK AT HIS WATER DEMAND, HIS CROPPING, THINGS LIKE THAT.

CAME OUT WITH A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS.

ONE WOULD BE TO BECOME ORGANIZED, MANAGE YOUR DATA, BUY AS MUCH AT A DISTRICT SURFACE WATER AS YOU CAN, PURSUE FLOODWATER AND INVESTIGATE GROUNDWATER RECHARGE.

THAT WAS STUFF WE'VE ALL HEARD A LOT ABOUT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

SO WE STARTED DATA COLLECTION RIGHT AWAY.

WE GOT ON A PROGRAM WHERE WE'RE RECORDING THEIR DEEP WELL WATER LEVELS.

WE'RE RECORDING THEY'RE PUMPING, OBVIOUSLY CROPPING INFORMATION AND SURFACE WATER DELIVERIES. THE IDEA IS STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME TO KNOW WHERE YOU'RE AT IN YOUR WATER BUDGET BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

SO AS FAR AS BUYING OUT OF DISTRICT SURFACE WATER, THEY ARE BLESSED WITH BEING WELL, THEY'RE NOT IN MID, BUT YOU CAN SEE THERE'S EDENDALE THAT WAS, YEAH, EDENDALE CANAL CREEK AND CASTLEWOOD RESERVOIR COME THROUGH HERE.

YOU HAVE MID'S MAIN CANAL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT THE ESCALATING CANAL.

SO THERE'S LOTS OF SURFACE WATER IN THE AREA.

AND SINCE WE'VE STARTED, THEY'VE EITHER FINISHED OR IN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING IN FIVE TEMPORARY OR TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT PUMPS AND MIDDIES INFRASTRUCTURE TO BUY SOI WATER.

AND THEN WITH MANY OF YOU HERE, WE'VE ALSO WORKED ON OBTAINING PERMANENT FLOOD WATER RIGHTS FOR THE LARGE SCALE APPLICATION WITH MID AND THIS GSA AND A LOT OF THE MEMBER

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AGENCIES. SO WE'VE TRIED TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN THAT AREA AND WE STARTED TO DO SOME GROUNDWATER RECHARGE STUDIES.

SO I HAVE A HYDROGEOLOGIST THAT HELPS US, BUT IT'S MOSTLY FARMER DRIVEN WHERE YOU GO TAKE A BACK HOE, DIG SOME PITS, LOOK AT THE SOIL PROFILE AND POTENTIAL WATER SOURCES, FLOOD WATER SOURCES WHERE YOU COULD FLOOD.

AND SO THAT'S PROGRESSING AS WELL.

IN SUMMARY, WE'RE A GENERATIONAL FAMILY FARMS TRYING TO BE PROACTIVE AND WATER MANAGEMENT WILLING TO PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS.

AND WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GSA AND ALL THE GOOD WORK AND IDEALLY BECOME A VOTING MEMBER. SO I HAVE A COUPLE OF BOARD MEMBERS HERE, I THINK JUST TWO, THINK SEVERAL MORE ON THE PHONE. AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ANY OF US, FEEL FREE.

THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE BOARD? I APPRECIATE YOUR PRESENTATION AND THE STEPS YOU'VE TAKEN, PARTICULARLY TO IDENTIFY WITH THE WATER FOOTPRINT IS AND OTHER WAYS OF ACQUIRING SURFACE WATER.

SO I THINK THAT IT SOUNDS GOOD.

AT SOME POINT WE WOULD LIKE DIRECTION ON HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE JPA, WHETHER A VOTING MEMBER OR A NON-VOTING MEMBER, FORMALIZING THAT PROCESS.

THERE'S BEEN THIS BIG GSP PUSH AND WHILE YOU GUYS WE'RE WORKING HARD ON GETTING THAT, WE DEFINITELY WASN'T I DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME TO COME AND ASK FOR YOU TO TACKLE ON A NEW MEMBER, THEN THEN COVID HIT.

SO NOW I THINK WE'D LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH FORMALIZING THAT PROCESS.

AND I'VE READ THE AGREEMENT, THE JPA AGREEMENT.

IT'S NOT SUPER CLEAR.

I DON'T THINK WE ANTICIPATED THE STEPS THAT WOULD, A NEW AGENCY WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO BECOME A MEMBER. SO I THINK WE KIND OF NEED SOME DIRECTION ON WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE US TO DO. THANK YOU.

OK. AS THIS HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY DISCUSSED ON A BOARD LEVEL, I THINK I OPENED UP THE DISCUSSION AND HOW WE WANT TO HANDLE IT.

FORM OR THAT WE COULD REVIEW AT THE NEXT MEETING, OR ? I THINK STAFF WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO WORK WITH COUNSEL TO, AGAIN, PERHAPS PUT MAYBE SOME CLEAR PATHS OF POTENTIAL GUIDANCE FOR THIS BOARD TO CONSIDER AT A FUTURE MEETING.

ABSOLUTELY. OK, SO WE'LL DO THAT.

THE STAFF AND LEGAL COUNSEL WILL COME BACK TO TO THE BOARD WITH REGARD TO A POSSIBLE PATH TO GO FORWARD AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT MEETING.

SOUND GOOD? OK. OK, THE NEXT ITEM IS THE

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PRESENTATION, ITRC. HERE WE ARE.

WE MAY NEED TO GET SOME TECHNICAL HELP, THOUGH.

LOOKS LIKE HE'S THERE. ALL RIGHT.

CAN YOU HEAR ME OK? YES.

CAN YOU HEAR US? GREAT.

I CAN. SO I'M GOING TO TURN MY VIDEO OFF.

THERE'S NO NEED FOR A TALKING HEAD JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INTERNET DOESN'T DOESN'T BLOW UP ON US OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

AND I'LL REINITIATE IT AT THE END SO WE CAN GO THROUGH SOME QUESTIONS.

BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, I'LL INTRODUCE MYSELF.

I'M DAN HOWES.

I'M THE PROJECT MANAGER, PROFESSOR AT CAL POLY IN THE IRRIGATION TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTER. AND JUST A LITTLE BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE ITRC IS WE'VE BEEN AROUND FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS DOING ALL SORTS OF IRRIGATION RELATED RESEARCH, TRAINING AND CONSULTING.

SO WE'VE WORKED WITH MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT VERY CLOSELY ON THEIR CURRENT

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MODERNIZATION PLAN.

WE DID THEIR CURRENT MODERNIZATION PLAN AND WORKED WITH A LOT OF DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THROUGHOUT YOUR AREA AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONALLY AS WELL.

A LOT OF WORK WITH EXCHANGE CONTRACTORS AS WELL.

SO WE DO EVERYTHING FROM THE DAM TO THE PLANT IN TERMS OF MODERNIZATION OF IRRIGATION PROJECTS IS REALLY OUR SPECIALTY.

BUT WHAT I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT IS SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS, AND THAT IS THE REMOTE SENSING OF EVAPOTRANSPIRATION AND A PRODUCT THAT WE ALSO USE, WHICH IS OR PROVIDE, WHICH IS THE NET GROUNDWATER USE RECHARGE WHAT WE CALL NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER.

AND I'LL I'LL GO THROUGH THOSE TODAY.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS IN TERMS OF WHAT WE DO WITH OPEN CHANNELS, PUMPS SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT THAT LATER.

SO GETTING STARTED, THE, WE REALLY IN TERMS OF SGMA GOT STARTED IN MERCED WHEN WHEN IT WAS MAGPIE MERCED AREA GROUNDWATER BASIN ASSOCIATION.

SO BASICALLY THE ENTIRE SUB BASIN BEFORE, RIGHT AFTER SGMA WAS IMPLEMENTED, BEFORE ALL THE GSA'S WERE IMPLEMENTED, WE WORKED WITH WITH MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT AND AND AND WE PROVIDED METRIC DATA FOR US AS AN INPUT INTO THE GROUNDWATER MODELS INITIALLY HOW THEY WERE IMPLEMENTED THAT SORT OF GOT BROKEN DOWN.

AND WE'VE REFINED THAT IN TERMS OF HOW WE WORK WITH GROUNDWATER MODELERS NOW BECAUSE, YEAH, YOU JUST HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.

NOT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE DATA AND HOW TO USE IT CORRECTLY.

BUT WE'VE COME A LONG WAYS.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS AND WE STARTED AND I THINK WORKING WITH MAGPIE IN 2014, 2015 TIME FRAME.

AND THEN OBVIOUSLY IT'S EVOLVED INTO MULTIPLE GSAS IN THE MERCED AREA.

AND THEN WE'VE ALSO EXPANDED AND WE DO ALL OF THIS FOR DIFFERENT GSAS AND ALSO FOR ENTIRE SUB BASINS.

SO WE WORK WITH THE CURRENT GROUNDWATER SUB BASIN AS A WHOLE AND PROVIDE DATA FOR ALL THEIR GSAS. BUT THAT'S MORE OF AN ANNUAL WATER BALANCE.

AND I'M GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT AND KIND OF THE REAL TIME ET ASSESSMENTS THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH.

SO THIS IS WHERE WE STARTED SAYING, HEY, METERING WELLS IS NOT REALLY THE DATA YOU NEED.

AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT, TIME CONSUMING, COSTLY, AND IT'S NOT REALLY GOING TO PROVIDE YOU WITH WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW.

AND IN TERMS OF SGMA, LET ME BE VERY CLEAR ON THAT, I DO FEEL THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE A METER ON ALL YOUR WATER SUPPLIES FOR IRRIGATION SCHEDULING AND MANAGEMENT, BUT FOR SGMA IT'S NOT NECESSARY.

NOW, EVERYONE'S BOUGHT INTO THAT.

SO I DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH FOUR OR FIVE SLIDES TO TO MAKE THAT SELL ANYMORE.

BUT I DO HAVE IT HERE. THIS JUST KIND OF SHOW WHERE WE'RE COMING FROM.

SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT AT DIFFERENT LEVELS AND SCALES FROM THE FARM ALL THE WAY UP TO THE GSA, ALL THE WAY UP TO THE SUB-BASIN IN TERMS OF HOW WE CAN ANALYZE THIS DATA.

INITIALLY THERE'S ALSO OFTENTIMES POOR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WATER RIGHTS AND HOW GROUNDWATER PLAYS A ROLE IN, AS WE SEE IT, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT MINDSET OF WATER RIGHTS INTO THE FUTURE.

AND THAT IS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AND I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT IN THE NEXT SLIDE.

BUT FIRST, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND CONSUMPTION VERSUS AVAILABILITY IN GROSS PUMPING.

SO THAT'S DIFFERENT.

IF YOU'RE A FARMER AND YOU PUMP WATER AND APPLY TO A CROP, NOT ALL THAT WATER IS USED BY THE CROP. SOME OF IT RETURNS TO THE GROUND.

AND AND SO HOW MUCH OF YOUR METERED WATER, IF YOU WERE GOING TO USE METERS, WOULD YOU, WOULD ACTUALLY BE CONSUMED VERSUS GO BACK TO THE GROUND AND BE RECIRCULATED? THAT'S A VERY DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING NUMBER TO COME UP WITH.

I KNOW THE GROUNDWATER IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY IS POORLY UNDERSTOOD ON A FIELD BY FIELD LEVEL.

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SO WE FEEL AND IT REALLY IS MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION THAT YOU'RE GOING TO START THINKING ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL THINK ABOUT WATER RIGHTS.

INSTEAD OF HOW MUCH YOU CAN APPLY, REALLY, HOW MUCH CAN YOU CONSUME? SO IF YOU HAVE SOME SURFACE WATER RIGHTS, THE BASIN'S GIVING YOU SOME SUSTAINABLE YIELD AND YOU HAVE PRECIPITATION.

WELL, THAT'S YOUR CONSUMPTIVE WATER, RIGHT? AND IF AS LONG AS YOUR PLANTS DON'T USE MORE THAN THAT, YOU'RE OK.

AND IF THEY DO USE MORE THAN THAT, THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN OVERDRAFT AND DRAWING FROM THE GROUNDWATER. SO THAT'S AN ISSUE.

AND NOTICE THAT IT IGNORES IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY AND IGNORES HOW MUCH YOU ACTUALLY PUMP, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY HOW MUCH YOU CONSUME.

AND SO WHAT WE DO IS WE USE THIS REMOTE SENSING OF EVAPOTRANSPIRATION, IT'S A SPECIAL PROGRAM CALLED METRIC MAPPING EVAPOTRANSPIRATION WITH INTERNAL CALIBRATION.

IT USES A SURFACE ENERGY BALANCE.

I'M NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE NUTS AND BOLTS, BUT I WILL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT IT AND THE ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER PROGRAMS. AND THEN WE ALSO WE FEED THAT INTO ANOTHER PROCESS.

WE CALL NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER.

AND THEN THERE WE BRING IN THE SURFACE WATER DELIVERIES, SEEPAGE, RECHARGE PRECIPITATION.

AND THEN WE REALLY BACK INTO THE NET GROUNDWATER USE.

SO IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SURFACE WATER PRECIPITATION TO MEET YOUR CONSUMPTIVE USE TO MANAGE YOUR ET, IT HAD TO COME FROM THE GROUNDWATER.

AND THEN WHAT THE PROGRAM IS, IS SET UP TO TRACK AND STORE WATER MONTH TO MONTH.

SO IT'S NOT A SIMPLE WATER BALANCE.

IT IS MORE INTENSIVE COMPUTATION.

I WANT TO CALL UP A MODEL BECAUSE IT'S NOT PREDICTING ANYTHING.

IT'S JUST TAKING DATA AND ASSESSING IT AND MAKING IT AND MAKE IT A COMPUTATION. WE LOOK AT THIS ON A LOCAL LEVEL WHERE WE CAN LOOK AT IT, IF YOU HAVE, SAY AN IRRIGATION DISTRICT, WATER DISTRICT THAT HAS DELIVERIES TO A TURNOUT AND THAT TURNOUT SUPPLIES FIVE FIELDS, THEN WE CAN TAKE THAT DELIVERY DATA AND SPREAD IT OVER THE FIVE FIELDS AND THEN LOOK AT THE ET OVER THOSE FIVE FIELDS AND MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OVER THE FIVE FIELDS.

THAT'S THE REALLY THE RESOLUTION THAT WE CAN WORK WITH AT THAT POINT.

WE DON'T KNOW WHEN AND HOW MUCH WAS APPLIED TO EACH INDIVIDUAL FIELD WITHIN THAT THOSE FIVE FIELDS. BUT WE CAN LOOK AT IT OVER THE FIVE FIELDS.

AND SO WE LOOK AT IT REALLY A PARCEL LEVEL WHICH CAN HAVE MULTIPLE FIELDS AND MAYBE MULTIPLE PARCELS, REALLY LOOKS AT THE TURNOUT SPACE.

AND I KNOW MOST OF YOUR AREA IS KIND OF THIS WHITE AREA, BUT THERE ARE SOME RIPARIAN WATER RIGHTS. THERE ARE ALSO SOME WATER DISTRICTS THAT DO DELIVER SOME WATER.

AND SO THAT'S THE INFORMATION WE WOULD NEED TO GET IN ORDER TO TO RUN THIS NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER. SO THEIR TWO SEPARATE PRODUCTS ET BEING ONE OF THEM.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER.

THIS JUST KIND OF SHOWS A SCHEMATIC OF HOW THE NET TO FROM GROUNDWATER WORKS.

WE'RE LOOKING AT REALLY A SURFACE BALANCE CONSIDERING APPLIED SURFACE WATER, PRECIPITATION, ACTUAL EVAPOTRANSPIRATION AND THAT'S FROM THE METRIC.

IF THERE'S SOME RUNOFF, WE NEED TO ACCOUNT FOR THAT.

I DOUBT THAT THAT'S GOING TO BE VERY COMMON ANYMORE.

AND THEN THE CHANGE IN SOIL MOISTURE DEPLETION FROM MONTH TO MONTH.

SO WE TRACK THAT. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE PRECIPITATION IN FEBRUARY AND YOU HAVE WATER STORED IN THE SOIL, IT MIGHT NOT BE USED TILL APRIL.

SO WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO TRACK THAT.

AND THAT'S WHERE THIS COMES IN.

OTHERWISE, WHILE OVER AN ANNUAL PERIOD, IT WOULD BE OK, IT DOESN'T TRACK WELL MONTH TO MONTH, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO PROVIDE.

AND SO WE'RE IF YOU'RE EVAPOTRANSPIRATION UP AT THE TOP, IS HIGHER THAN YOUR APPLIES SURFACE WATER AND PRECIPITATION. THAT WATER HAD TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE.

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AND SO IT MUST HAVE BEEN PUMPED FROM THE GROUND.

SO LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE REMOTE SENSING.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS MODIFIED METRIC ALGORITHM.

METRIC WAS DEVELOPED BY RICHARD ALLEN OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO.

REALLY THE LET'S SAY THE ET EXPERT IN THE WORLD, HE'S WRITTEN BASICALLY EVERY DOCUMENT THAT IS USED FOR ET ASSESSMENT IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.

SO HE DEVELOPED THE ORIGINAL PROGRAM.

WE'VE TAKEN THAT AND THEN MADE IT REALLY FOCUSED IN ON CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE AND HOW WE DO THINGS HERE. LANDSAT IS OUR REMOTE SENSING PLATFORM.

LANDSAT IMAGERY, I'LL SHOW YOU IN THE NEXT SLIDE, IT LOOKS LIKE A REGULAR IMAGE, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

IT HAS INSTEAD OF THREE BANDS, WHICH YOU TYPICALLY HAVE WITH YOUR GEAR, YOUR CAMERA.

IT HAS, DEPENDING ON THE LANDSAT SATELLITE THAT YOU'RE USING, UP TO 11 DIFFERENT BANDS OF DATA. AND SO WE'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN THE THERMAL BAND, WHICH IS THE TEMPERATURE AT THE SURFACE WHEN IT'S TAKEN AT 11 A.M., ABOUT EVERY 16 DAYS FOR LANDSAT EIGHT, FOR EXAMPLE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO DIFFERENTIATE METRIC FROM OTHER PROGRAMS. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER THAN OTHERS THAT USE NDVI, THAT'S A VEGETATIVE INDEX ALONG WITH HAVING TO KNOW THE CROP TYPE.

THEY THEN BASICALLY USE KIND OF AN OLD, OLDER SYSTEM OF OF PROP COEFFICIENTS.

TO THEN ESTIMATE ET, IT'S NOT IN ANY WAY ACTUAL ACTUALLY ET VALUE.

ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT METRIC IS WE DON'T HAVE TO KNOW THE CROP TYPE THAT'S BEING GROWN. SO WE DON'T, THERE'S NO LAND SURVEY THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF GENERALLY IS IT A ROW CROP OR A TREES.

AND THERE'S PLENTY OF INFORMATION OUT THERE THAT THAT WE CAN USE TO ASSESS THAT.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, IT REALLY ISN'T NEEDED.

AND WE'RE USING WHAT WE CALL SURFACE ENERGY BALANCE.

SO WE LOOK AT THE TOTAL ENERGY COMING IN FROM THE SUN AND THEN WE ARE THEN COMPUTING THE EVAPOTRANSPIRATION, LOOKING AT HOW MUCH ENERGY IS LEAVING IN OTHER WAYS.

AND SO USING THE THERMAL BAND, WE'RE GETTING ACTUAL ET AS OPPOSED TO AN ESTIMATED OR POTENTIAL ET NUMBER.

AND REALLY EVAPORATIVE COOLING, IF YOU THINK OF IT THAT WAY, IS KIND OF A BASIC PRINCIPLE WE HAVE THERE. THE COOLER THE FIELD, THE HIGHER THE ET.

AND THAT'S, THOSE OF YOU THAT MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH EVAPOTRANSPIRATION OR ET THAT'S WHY YOU'D RATHER WALK ON A GRASSY FIELD THAN AN ASPHALT FLOOR.

RIGHT. BECAUSE THE IT'S COOLER.

WHY IS IT COOLER? WELL, IT'S JUST TRANSPIRING WATER AND THAT COOLING EFFECT IS IT'S CREATING A COOLING EFFECT.

AND THEREFORE WE ARE ABLE TO, THE SURFACE IS COOLER.

SO THE LANDSAT IMAGE IS TAKING A PHOTO AND TAKING THAT SURFACE TEMPERATURE AND THEN WE'RE USING THAT TO COMPUTE THE ET.

AND SO THIS IS THE IMAGE THAT WE PROCESS FOR YOUR AREA.

AND IT FROM FRESNO UP TO STOCKTON WITH MERCED REALLY RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

AND THIS IS THE RED, GREEN, BLUE BANDS THAT ARE PUT TOGETHER TO SHOW YOU THE NICE COLOR IMAGE THAT THAT WE HAVE HERE, BUT BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE, IN THIS IMAGE, UP TO 11 DIFFERENT BANDS OF DATA, INCLUDING TWO THERMAL BANDS FOR LANDSAT EIGHT.

THIS IS SOME PROCESSED IMAGERY FOR THE IMAGE TO THE SOUTH THAT SHOWS TWO DIFFERENT DATES, ONE IN FEBRUARY AND ONE IN JULY.

THIS IS THE EVAPOTRANSPIRATION.

SO I EVAPOTRANSPIRATION WOULD BE DARKER COLORS, LOWER EVAPOTRANSPIRATION IS MORE ON THE YELLOW TO OUT OF THAT BEIGE COLOR.

AND OBVIOUSLY, IF WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SAME SCALE, FEBRUARY, IT'S A LOT COOLER.

SO YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH ET.

THERE'S A LITTLE BIT GOING ON AND THAT'S A LOT OF THE ROW CROPS AND ALFALFA THAT ARE OVERWINTERING CROPS THAT THEY HAVE DOWN IN THE KINGS AND IT ALSO SHOWS PRE IRRIGATION IN SOME OF THE AREAS.

AND IF WE LOOK OVER IN JULY, EVERYTHING IS REALLY DARK BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE IS A LOT WARMER. THE PLANTS ARE ALL RARING TO GO.

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RIGHT. SO THEY'RE FULL, FULL CANOPY OR GETTING UP TO FULL CANOPY IF WE'RE LOOKING AT COTTON. BUT THE TREES ARE FULL CANOPY AND ALFALFA IS GOING.

SO JUST TO SHOW YOU A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TIME FRAMES, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM A BIG SCALE, THIS IS THE 50000 FOOT SCALE.

AND I'M GOING TO ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT HERE.

THE IMAGE ON THE LEFT HERE IS.

HOPEFULLY, IT'S IT'S NOT LAGGING TOO MUCH, BUT THE IMAGE HERE ON THE LEFT IS NEAR YOU AND THAT'S AN ANNUAL NUMBER.

SO WE'VE PUT ALL OF THE IMAGES TOGETHER.

WE DO THAT ON A MONTHLY AND ANNUAL TIME FRAME AND WE CAN LOOK AT THE ACTUALLY ET GREEN AND BLUE ARE HIGHER ET THE BROWN IS THE LOW ET.

SO WE KNOW IN TWENTY SIXTEEN IN THE FOOTHILLS, YOU CAN SEE SOME LAKES OVER THERE ON THE WEST SIDE AND AROUND THOSE AREAS, THAT VERY LITTLE ET.

AND SO YOU SEE FALLOW AREAS.

AND IF WE GO TO THE RIGHT RESUMING INTO THE FIELDS HERE AND THIS IS WHERE FARMERS GET REALLY INTERESTED, BECAUSE I TELL THEM THIS WAS, THESE ARE OLIVE FIELDS, OLIVE ORCHARDS THAT WERE ALL PLANTED AT THE SAME TIME.

THIS IS UP NORTH. AND AND THEY SAY, WELL, WHY AREN'T THEY ALL THE SAME COLOR? SO GREEN SHOULD BE HIGH ET.

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THAT SOME FIELDS ARE MORE GREEN THAN OTHERS AND SOME FIELDS HAVE REALLY, REALLY LOW ET AREAS.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE GROUND ISN'T VERY GOOD IN THOSE AREAS OR THEY HAVE SOME OTHER ISSUES. WE CAN START TO TRACK ET MUCH MORE QUICKLY THAN IN NDVI.

SO YOU'LL START TO SEE A DROP IN ET BEFORE YOU SEE THE VEGETATION IMPACTED SO YOU CAN START TO SEE STRESSES.

AND SO WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING THIS INFORMATION TOGETHER ON A MONTHLY BASIS, YOU'LL GET IT BY THE SECOND WEEK OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH.

SO FOR JUNE, WE'RE PUTTING OUT THE INFORMATION FOR JUNE RIGHT NOW.

AND SO YOU HAVE A PRETTY GOOD TIME FRAME OF WHEN THIS IS OCCURRING AND YOU CAN START TO SEE AND MAYBE USE IT FOR MANAGEMENT IF THAT TYPE OF PLATFORM IS AVAILABLE TO YOU.

SO THIS IS SOME OF THE ET DATA FOR YOUR AREA, THIS IS 2009, JUST ARBITRARILY I PULLED TWO THOUSAND NINE, KIND OF LET YOU SEE WHAT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE CITIES ARE.

YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE FIELDS AND OTHER THINGS ARE, AND AGAIN, WE CAN ZOOM IN AND LOOK AT INDIVIDUAL FIELDS.

THE COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE NEED FOR NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER BESIDES ET IS APPLIED SURFACE WATER. SO IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU CURRENTLY RECORD IT.

BUT WE WOULD NEED IT BY THE END OF THE MONTH OR WHATEVER WAS APPLIED THAT THE MONTH OF.

AND TYPICALLY WE WILL WORK WITH THE IRRIGATION DISTRICT OF THE GSA TO TIE IN WHAT FIELDS MIGHT BE APPLIED, THAT WATER MIGHT BE APPLIED TO FOR A SPECIFIC TURN OUT.

SO A LOT OF THE LARGER IRRIGATION DISTRICTS LIKE MID HAVE IT.

I ALREADY HAVE A DATABASE WITH TURNOUTS AND PARCELS, BUT THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE CASE WITH SOME OF THE SMALLER DISTRICTS.

SO WE HAVE TO WORK, WORK TOGETHER WITH THEM AND EVEN THE LARGER DISTRICT THERE'S A LOT OF TIMES THERE'S SOME ISSUES WITH HOW IT'S, SOMETIMES THEY MISS PARCELS WHEN THEY START TO TIE THEM INTO THE TURNOUT.

SO IT TAKES A LITTLE WORK INITIALLY TO GET THAT ALL IRONED OUT.

SO WE USE THE PRECIPITATION IS A REMOTE, I DON'T WANT TO SAY IT'S A REMOTE SENSING PRODUCT, IT'S A PRODUCT THAT'S PROVIDED BY OREGON STATE CALLED PRISM, WHICH USES ACTUALLY ACTUAL MEASURED VALUES AND THEN INTERPOLATES BETWEEN STATIONS SO WE GET A VARIABLE ET OR VARIABLE PRECIPITATION ACROSS AN AREA.

SO IF WE, HERE WE'RE TRACKING NET TO AND FROM GROUND WATER IN TIME FRAMES, WHEN YOU HAVE MORE PRECIPITATION THAN ET OR YOU HAVE MORE APPLIED TO WATER THAN ET, THAT WATER ENDS UP

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AS DEEP PERCOLATION.

AND SO WE THEN PUT IT IN THE GROUND AND YOU AS A FARMER WOULD GET TO BANK IT.

AND THEN LATER ON, WHEN YOUR ET EXCEEDS THE SURFACE WATER AT PRECIPITATION, IT INDICATES PUMPING. SO THE NET PUMPING OUT AND THAT'S GOING TO DRAW FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER.

SO THESE ARE A COUPLE.

THIS IS AN AREA, I WON'T BE SPECIFIC TO WHERE IT'S AT.

TWO DISTRICTS, THERE'S MULTIPLE ZONES WITHIN THE DISTRICT, BUT A NORTHERN DISTRICT THAT HAS PRETTY STRONG WATER RIGHTS.

AND YOU CAN SEE IN 2011, THE BLUE INDICATES WATER THAT'S GOING TO THE GROUND.

THE BROWN INDICATES WATER THAT'S BEING PUMPED AND USED ON THE SURFACE.

SO THE BLUE IS IS A CONTRIBUTION TO OVER THE YEAR.

SO THEY'RE BANKING IT.

THEY'RE APPLYING MORE WATER THAN THEY'RE CONSUMING.

AND THEN TO THE SOUTH THERE, THAT DISTRICT DOESN'T HAVE REALLY STRONG WATER RIGHTS.

SO THEY'RE JUST CONSUMING THE WATER.

2014, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DROUGHT, YOU CAN SEE EVERYBODY'S CONSUMING THE WATER, THERE WERE, THERE WAS NO SURFACE WATER AVAILABLE.

SO THEY ARE, THEY'RE ALL JUST PUMPING.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT FROM THE NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER.

AGAIN, WE CAN ZOOM IN AND WE WOULD ZOOM IN AND WE GIVE THAT INFORMATION TO EACH INDIVIDUAL GROWER.

IN THE GSAS.

BUT HERE, ZOOMING IN, YOU SEE THE ET ON THE LEFT AND THE NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER.

THE BOUNDARIES WITH THE COLORING, THOSE ARE SPECIFIC FIELDS THAT ARE TIED TO A SPECIFIC TURNOUT, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THIS PURPLE LINE GOING THROUGH NEAR THE TOP OF THIS NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER. THAT'S THE SEEPAGE FROM THE CANAL.

SO THEY HAVE A CANAL THERE.

AND WE'RE TRACKING THE SEEPAGE ON THAT.

AND THEN THERE YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE WATER IS BEING BEING UTILIZED.

THERE'S A COUPLE OF THESE ARE DAIRIES WITH LAND THAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH THE DAIRY, WITH ALFALFA CORN.

WINTER, WINTER HAY AS WELL ON SOME OF THE FIELDS, BUT WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE DAIRY ITSELF BECAUSE THERE IS EVAPORATION AND WATER BEING SUPPLIED FROM THE GROUND TO CLEAN THE COWS AND CLEAN THE, POOL THE COWS, AND THEN THAT WATER IS EVAPORATED OR IT GOES IN AND GETS APPLIED TO THE FIELDS AS WELL.

SO WE NEED TO TRACK IT ALL.

THIS IS THE HISTORICAL ANALYSIS THAT WAS MENTIONED BY GREG EARLIER.

THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE PROVIDE, WHICH IS THE NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER OVER THE GSA. SO THIS IS TWO GSAS AND THE TIME FRAME THAT'S RELATIVELY DRY FROM 2007 THROUGH 16, YOU CAN SEE THAT THAT THE PURPLE GSA HAS SOME CONTRIBUTION.

SO THEY'RE BANKING WATER POSITIVE IN 10 AND 11.

BUT BOTH OF THEM ARE REALLY DRAWING ON WATER OUT OVER THE THE OTHER YEARS.

THOUGH, THIS IS THE AVERAGE, GET AN IDEA OF WHAT REALLY YOU'RE OVER.

I WOULDN'T I DON'T WANT TO SAY OVERDRAFT BECAUSE IT'S NOT QUITE OVERDRAFT.

WHAT IT DOESN'T ACCOUNT FOR IS WHAT WE THINK OF OR WHAT I THINK OF AS IS TRULY YOUR NET SUSTAINABLE YIELD, WHICH IS TYPICALLY THE SEEPAGE FROM RIVERS THAT RUN THROUGH THAT AREA AND THAT AREN'T PART OF THE THE CONVEYANCE SYSTEMS. SO THE CONVEYANCE SYSTEM SEEPAGE IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE IRRIGATION DISTRICTS IN THESE GSAS.

SO THAT'S ALREADY ACCOUNTED FOR.

BUT THEY DON'T HAVE VERY MUCH SUSTAINABLE YIELD.

SO IT'S PRETTY CLOSE TO WHAT THEIR OVERDRAFT IS.

GIVES THEM AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH THEY'RE GOING TO NEED TO SOLVE OR COME UP WITH IN THE FUTURE. JUST TO KIND OF FINISH UP HERE.

WHY THE NEED FOR NET GROUNDWATER USE? WE HAVE THE SUSTAINABLE YIELD IS REALLY A NET NUMBER, AND I'VE BEEN GOING, GOING THROUGH A COUPLE OF GSPS RIGHT NOW FOR A DIFFERENT PROJECT.

AND THE NUMBERS ARE NOT VERY CLEAR ON WHAT IS WHAT, THIS LETS YOU REALLY SIMPLIFY THINGS.

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IF WE LOOKED AT PRECIPITATION, GUESS WHAT? THAT'S WHAT YOUR OVERDRAFT IS.

AND DOING MULTIPLE LAYERED GROUNDWATER BALANCES AND INS AND OUTS AND SUBSURFACE.

THAT BECOMES REALLY TRICKY BECAUSE WHAT IF THE GSA NEXT TO YOU DECIDES THEY DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANY SUBSURFACE OUTFLOW TO YOU ANY LONGER.

SO THOSE THINGS ARE A LITTLE BIT, CAN BE A LITTLE MISLEADING IN THE LONG RUN, BUT WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT.

I'M HERE PRIMARILY TO LOOK AT FILLING DATA GAPS AND ALSO MOVING FORWARD INTO MANAGEMENT OF THE GROUNDWATER.

AND SO AS YOU AS YOU'LL LEARN, I THINK WHEN YOU START TO MANAGE IT, THE NET VALUE IS VERY USEFUL. AND HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHY.

YOU'RE A FARMER. YOU HAVE, LET'S SAY, A THOUSAND ACRES OF, WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT A CROP ON IT, AND YOU FIGURE OUT THAT YOU HAVE ABOUT OF, WHEN YOU ACCOUNT FOR PRECIPITATION, MAYBE AN ACRE FOOT, LET'S JUST SAY AN ACRE FOOT OF OF PRECIPITATION, AN ACRE FOOT OF SURFACE WATER AND A SUSTAINABLE YIELD.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR SUSTAINABLE YIELD IS.

WELL, LET'S JUST SAY IT'S A QUARTER OF AN ACRE FOOT.

NET. AND SO THEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN CONSUME TWO POINT TWO FIVE ACRE FEET PER ACRE ON YOUR THOUSAND ACRES.

SO YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO PLANT SIX HUNDRED ACRES OF ALMONDS AND THEN FALLOW THE OTHER FOUR HUNDRED. OR YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GROW, YOU KNOW, SEVEN HUNDRED ACRES OF CORN MIX IN THE LENGTH OF TIME, OR YOU GET A BETTER ASSESSMENT OF HOW YOU'RE GOING TO PLAN YOUR CROPPING PATTERNS WHEN YOU JUST THINK ABOUT NET INSTEAD OF GROSS.

AND LIKE I SAID, WE PROVIDE BOTH THE, WE CAN PROVIDE BOTH HISTORICAL BACK TO NINETEEN NINETY TWO.

IN YOUR AREA WE HAVE TWO THOUSAND EIGHT THROUGH TWENTY EIGHTEEN WITHOUT TWENTY TWELVE PREPROCESSED, WHICH IS MEANS IT'S A LOT CHEAPER TO GET THAT DATA.

AND THEN GOING BACK, WE HAVE SOME SPOT YEARS THAT WE HAVE DATA FOR THAT WE PROVIDED FOR MAGPIE. AND THEN AGAIN, THE SPATIAL VARIABLE, VARIABLE SPATIAL ASSESSMENTS, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? THE, IT REALLY DEPENDS.

IF YOU WANT NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER AND ET, IT'S A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE TO AROUND 100000 FOR.

AND THIS IS GENERAL PRICING FOR GENERALLY LARGE AREAS.

AND SO WITH YOUR AREA, BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE AS MUCH SURFACE WATER, IT'S ACTUALLY PROBABLY A BIT CHEAPER.

WE'D HAVE TO ASSESS WHAT'S GOING ON, HOW MUCH WORK WE'D HAVE TO DO TO TIE DELIVERIES TO THE PARCELS, HOW MUCH WORK WOULD THE GSA DO TO COME UP WITH A GOOD ASSESSMENT ABOUT THAT . AND AGAIN, THAT'S ABOUT IT, YOU KNOW, JUST OVER 10 YEARS WORTH OF DATA.

THE AND THEN THE CONTINUOUS SWITCHES FROM HERE ON OUT MONTHLY DATA PROVIDED BY THE 15TH OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH, TYPICALLY IT'S IF IT'S NET TO FROM GROUNDWATER AND ET, IT'S SOMEWHERE AROUND 50 CENTS AN ACRE TO 75 CENTS AN ACRE.

AGAIN, DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH EFFORT THE NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER IS.

THE ET BY ITSELF IS GENERALLY 25 CENTS TO 50 CENTS AN ACRE, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT. SO VERY REASONABLY PRICED.

WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE TWO PRODUCTS AND THEN WE CURRENTLY DON'T HAVE A FRAMEWORK TO PRESENT THE DATA TO THE FARMERS, THAT'S JUST THE DATA IN BOTH TABULAR AND GIS FORMATS.

SO WE ARE WORKING ON DEVELOPING KIND OF A USER INTERFACE, BUT CURRENTLY IT WOULD BE THE GSAS. WE TURN OVER THE GSA AND THEN THEY WOULD HAVE INTERNALLY SOMEHOW TO DELIVER THAT INFORMATION TO THE FARMERS AND USE THAT INFORMATION.

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SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN TALK ABOUT.

BUT AGAIN, WE'RE WORKING ON IT.

WE'RE JUST NOT THERE YET. AND I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S SOMETHING WE WANT TO GET INTO, BUT WE ARE LOOKING INTO IT.

AND THAT IS ALL I HAVE.

IT WAS A LOT I KNOW I TRY NOT TO GET TOO TECHNICAL, BUT SOME OF IT IS A LITTLE MORE TECHNICAL AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND TRY TO FIND THE OTHERS.

PUT MY VIDEO BACK ON.

DAN, I HAVE A QUESTION.

THE, YOU MENTIONED THAT THE INFORMATION YOU WOULD PROVIDE IS MORE ON A LARGE DATA FORMAT AND THAT THE GSA ITSELF WOULD HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE IT DOWN FROM THE DATA TO BE, IT HAS TO BE MANAGED.

IS THAT CORRECT? WELL, WE WOULD PROVIDE IT IN, LET'S SAY, A DATABASE OF ALL YOU PROVIDE US WITH A DATABASE OF YOUR GROWERS.

WE THEN TURN THAT DATABASE BACK TO YOU OR EXCEL SPREADSHEET BACK WITH THEIR ET AND NET TO AND FROM GROUNDWATER ON FOR EVERY MONTH AND THEN GETTING THAT INFORMATION OUT.

AND SO SOME GSAS ARE CREATING A GIS BASED PORTAL THAT HAS THIS DASHBOARD.

IT'S REALLY FANCY IN THE GROWERS CAN GO IN AND LOOK AT THEIR FIELDS.

THEY CAN SEE THE EVAPOTRANSPIRATION, THEY CAN SEE HOW MUCH NET GROUNDWATER USE THEY HAVE ON THE FARM LEVEL.

AND SO WHAT WE DO IS PROVIDE THE DATA THAT IS SHOWCASED IN THAT FRAME, THAT FRAMEWORK OR THAT DASHBOARD.

THAT'S PRETTY ADVANCED, ALTHOUGH I THINK MOST GSAS WILL GET THERE EVENTUALLY.

IT'S, IT IS PRETTY ADVANCED.

AND SO FAR I DON'T KNOW HOW WELL IT'S BEEN WORKING.

SO A LOT OF THE GSAS INSTEAD ARE USING THE DATA.

THEY THERE BASICALLY HAVE A BILLING OR I WANT TO SAY, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A BILLING IS THE RIGHT WORD, BUT THEY WILL PUT TOGETHER A SUMMARY REPORT USING A DATABASE, PUT TOGETHER SUMMERY REPORT FOR ALL OUR GROWERS AND MAIL THAT OUT OR EMAIL IT OUT SO THAT THE GROWER CAN SEE THE NET GROUNDWATER USE ON EACH PARCEL AND THE ET ON EACH PARCEL.

AND SO IT'S A PARCEL BY PARCEL BASIS AT THAT AT THAT LEVEL.

YEAH. MY QUESTION IS WE HAD A PRESENTATION EARLIER ABOUT A REMOTE SENSING DECISION SUPPORT TOOL CREATING A SPREADSHEET AND A TOOL THAT UTILIZES THE METRIC.

IS THAT, IS THAT SECOND PART OF THIS OR CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND THAT? I THINK WHAT THAT WAS REFERRING TO IS THAT WE PROVIDE AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET OF THE RESULTS . THOUGH WE DO ALL OF THE COMPUTATIONS ON A PARCEL BY PARCEL BASIS OR YOUR GSA . WELL, IT REALLY FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTY AT THAT LEVEL AND POTENTIALLY THE ENTIRE COUNTY.

BUT LET'S JUST TALK ABOUT YOUR GSA AND PROVIDE THOSE RESULTS TO YOU IN AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET OR A DATABASE.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT THAT WAS REFERRING TO.

WE'RE NOT, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO DO ANY COMPUTATIONS YOURSELF OR ANY TRACKING.

THE RESULTS WILL ALL BE THERE.

THERE'LL BE A REPORT AT THE END THAT SHOWCASES WHAT'S GOING ON OVER THE GSA AS A WHOLE.

HOW YOU GET THE DATA TO THE FARMER, TO THE TO THE OWNERS OF THE PARCELS? THAT WE NEED TO DISCUSS.

WE DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE A FRAMEWORK TO ALLOW THEM ACCESS TO THE DATA THROUGH OUR FACILITIES. WE ARE WORKING ON THAT, BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT.

BUT THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE'LL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT.

I HAVE A QUESTION, MR. CHAIRMAN.

DAN, MY NAME IS NIC MARCHINI, VICE CHAIR OF THE GSA.

WHAT GROUND TRUTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO CONFIRM THE INFORMATION THAT THE MODEL SPITS OUT? YEAH, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

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THE GROUND TRUTHING, THERE'S A COUPLE OF OF KEY POINTS TO MAKE REGARDING THIS, BECAUSE THEY'RE, IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THERE'S NO WAY TO MEASURE ET IN A FIELD WITHOUT EXTENSIVE. SENSORS THAT HAVE TO BE MICROMANAGED VERY WELL, IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, AND THAT'S, THAT'S CALLED EDDY COVARIANCE AND THEN THERE'S ALSO LYSIMETERS, WHICH ARE DONE USED AT RESEARCH STATIONS ARE NOT FEASIBLE TO PUT INTO AN INDIVIDUAL FORM.

SO IF ANYBODY SAYS THEY'RE GROUND TRUTHING ACTUAL ET WITH THE REMOTE SENSING, THEY'RE NOT REALLY DOING THAT. THEY ARE, THEY'RE TELLING YOU THAT THEY HAVE A SENSOR THAT CAN MEASURE ET, BUT THERE ARE NO SENSORS THAT CAN MEASURE ET.

THERE ARE SENSORS THAT ACCEPTED IN THE EVAPOTRANSPIRATION COMMUNITY AS A STANDARD, AND I WOULDN'T PERSONALLY USE THEM WITHOUT A LOT OF GROUND TRUTHING AND THERE'S A NUMEROUS ISSUES WITH SPATIAL RESOLUTION OF THOSE INDIVIDUAL SENSORS.

SO WHAT WE DID, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO USE A SENSOR THAT ISN'T ANY GOOD, I THINK MY NUMBERS ARE BETTER THAN THEIR NUMBERS.

SO THAT'S WHERE I RUN INTO ISSUES.

WHAT WE CAN DO, THOUGH, IS SEE IF WE GO INTO AND WE DID THIS FOR A GSAS DOWN IN THE SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, THEY HAD 20 FARMERS THAT VOLUNTEERED TO PROVIDE ALL, TO PUT METERS ON THEIR WELLS AND TRACK SURFACE DELIVERIES OVER A THREE TO FOUR YEAR TIME FRAME.

AND SO WHAT WE DID WAS COMPARED OUR ET TO THE TOTAL APPLIED WATER.

AND APPLIED WATER SHOULD NOT EQUAL ET.

IT SHOULD BE GREATER THAN ET.

BUT WE CAN'T LOOK AT THEM EXACTLY.

AND CAN'T WE CAN'T SAY, OK, THIS ET SHOULD MEASURE THE SUPPLIED WATER OR EQUAL TO SUPPLY WATER. THEY SHOULDN'T EQUAL, BUT ET SHOULDN'T BE GREATER THAN APPLIED WATER.

THERE'S NO WAY FOR THAT WATER TO MAGICALLY APPEAR.

WE HAVE PRECIPITATION, GROUNDWATER PUMPING AND SURFACE WATER DELIVERIES THAT WE HAVE GOOD HANDLES ON EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON IN THESE FARMS. AND THERE ARE MULTIPLE FIELD FARMS. AND THEN WE USE OUR ET TO ASSESS WHETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WEREN'T ESTIMATING TOO MUCH. RIGHT. THE ET WASN'T TOO HIGH.

THEY HAD ABOUT HALF OF THEM WERE SURFACE IRRIGATED, HALF OF THEM WERE DRIP IRRIGATED, AND WHAT WE FOUND WAS THAT WE DID HAVE SOME ISSUES.

WE HAD ONE ISSUE.

WELL, TWO OF THE ISSUES WERE IN THE METERS, THE METER FOR THEIR WELL OR REALLY FOR THE IRRIGATION SYSTEM WAS NOT INSTALLED CORRECTLY AND THEREFORE WASN'T GOOD.

AND WE DID HAVE AN ISSUE WITH OUR REMOTE SENSING IN THAT THEY HAPPENED TO HARVEST THE DAY AFTER AN IMAGE WAS TAKEN.

AND SO THEY HARVESTED THEIR THEIR CORN.

IT WAS SUBSURFACE DRIP ON CORN.

AND SO IN TERMS OF OUR INTERPOLATION BETWEEN THOSE IMAGES, WE OVERESTIMATED WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE USED. AND SO WE'VE CORRECTED THAT BY USING MORE IMAGES AND AND USING ALTERNATIVE IMAGES TO DO THE SPLICING OR WHAT WE CALL THE SPLICING IN BETWEEN IMAGES WHEN WE'RE REALLY SPLINING INTERPOLATING WHAT THE ET IS BETWEEN IMAGE DATES.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO TO SOLVE THAT ISSUE, BUT IN ALL THE OTHER ONES, THE DATA LOOKED VERY REASONABLE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY ET VERSUS APPLIED WATER, FOR EXAMPLE, SURFACE IRRIGATION FIELDS. FOR THE MOST PART, THEY APPLIED ABOUT 20 TO 25 PERCENT MORE WATER THAN WAS CONSUMED, WHICH WE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED.

FOR THE DRIP IRRIGATION, IT RANGED ALL OVER THE BOARD TO JUST BEING A FEW PERCENTAGES, POINTS INDICATING UNDER IRRIGATION AND ALL THE WAY TO, AGAIN, 20, 25, SOMETIMES 30 PERCENT MORE APPLIED WATER THAN ET.

THAT'S HOW WE GROUND TRUTH ON A FIELD LEVEL AND WE'VE ALSO LOOKED AT IT ON A WATER BALANCE LEVEL, KNOWING THE INS AND OUTS OF IRRIGATION PROJECTS, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO TO TO

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ASSESS HOW WELL IT WORKS ON A LARGE SCALE AND USING A WATER BALANCE APPROACH.

SO WE FEEL VERY CONFIDENT, AGAIN, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WILL SAY THERE ARE SENSORS OUT THERE AND IF YOU PUT ONE IN, I ASK YOU, MOVE IT 10 FEET AND SEE IF IT GIVES YOU THE SAME ANSWER. AND IF IT DOES, THEN MAYBE YOU HAVE THE MAGICAL TOOL THAT WILL WORK.

THIS IS, WE HAVE, TWR HAS RECOGNIZED THIS AS BEING THE, AT LEAST THE METHODOLOGY. AND THEY'VE ACTUALLY POINTED TO US BY NAME AS BEING ACCEPTABLE FOR THE WATER BALANCE, AS A DATA COLLECTION AND AND ACTUALLY RECOMMENDED.

SO THE ISSUE, THOUGH, THERE'S ANOTHER ISSUE, AND THAT IS THAT IT DOES REQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF AGRICULTURE.

SO I WAS BLESSED TO GROW UP ON A FARM JUST SOUTH OF HANFORD, CALIFORNIA.

AND GROWING ALFALFA AND CORN AND THERE IS SOME ALMONDS NEARBY BUT WE DIDN'T WE DIDN'T GROW THOSE. I WORKED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AND ALMONDS AND PISTACHIOS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AS WELL.

SO WE HAVE A VERY EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE IN CROPPING IRRIGATION, OBVIOUSLY, BECAUSE WE'VE WRITTEN THE BOOK THAT AND PROBABLY TAUGHT MOST OF YOUR IRRIGATION DESIGNERS THAT YOU HIRE. AND SO THAT THAT EXPERIENCE REALLY HELPS US WITH THIS THIS PROCESSING.

MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR HIM.

A QUESTION ON YOUR DATA AND HOW YOU GET IT.

WE'RE PRETTY SIZE SPECIFIC AS FARMERS.

SO IF YOU SAY YOU'RE FARMING AND YOU HAVE RETURNED SYSTEMS AND YOU'VE HAD THEM FOR YEARS AND ARE YOU ACCOUNTING FOR THAT? YOU SAID IN ONE OF YOUR SLIDES THAT ON FARM IRRIGATION COMING OFF WASN'T SIGNIFICANT OR YOU WEREN'T CONSIDERING IT.

BUT ACTUALLY, IF YOU'RE FARMING A ROW CROP AND YOU'VE GOT GOOD RETURN SYSTEMS, THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WATER THAT IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU'RE GETTING SERVICE WATER FROM DEEP WELLS. ARE YOU ACCOUNTING FOR THAT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE NET LOSS TO THE UNDERGROUND AS FAR AS THE FARMER IS CONCERNED? SURE. LET ME LET ME EXPLAIN THAT A LITTLE BIT.

IF WATER'S RUNNING OFF OF YOUR FARM AND LEAVING YOUR FARM AND WON'T EVER BE RECOVERED? WE NEED TO ACCOUNT FOR THAT.

AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT.

I'M NOT SAYING I'M SAYING YOU'RE REUSING THE WATER.

IT'S NOT LEAVING THE FARM.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE FEEL MOST PEOPLE WILL DO IF THEY'RE NOT ALREADY.

AND THAT IS ACCOUNTED FOR BECAUSE IT DOESN'T LEAVE THE BOUNDARIES.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT A FARM BOUNDARY WATER BALANCE SO THAT ANY WATER THAT ENTERS YOUR FIELD AND ENTERS YOUR FARM, AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T LEAVE THROUGH ANYTHING OTHER THAN EVAPOTRANSPIRATION, AND THAT'S BOTH EVAPORATION FROM OPEN WATER PONDS AND FROM ET FROM YOUR PLANTS, IT DOESN'T LEAVE THROUGH THERE IT GOES TO THE GROUND.

AND AND SO, YEAH, IT'S ACCOUNTED FOR.

IT REACHED RETURN PONDS, TAIL WATER PONDS.

ABSOLUTELY. THAT MAKES IT EASY FOR US TO ACCOUNT FOR IT.

IT GETS MORE COMPLICATED IF IT'S RUNNING OFF INTO A DRAIN.

AND THEN WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME SOME ESTIMATE OF HOW MUCH RUNS OFF INTO THE DRAIN.

AND THEN IT ENDS UP AS SOMEONE ELSE'S DELIVERY POINT THAT BECOMES A LOT MORE CHALLENGING.

I HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION, MR. CHAIR. SINCE WE'RE TALKING CONSUMED WATER, DO YOU HAVE ANY SORT OF LITERATURE ON, IN AT LEAST ALL YOUR ANALYSIS OF DIFFERENT CROPS AND WHAT THEY ACTUALLY CONSUME AND MOST FARMERS TALKING APPLIED WATER? I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY LITERATURE THAT IF WE DO SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERVICE THAT WE CAN HAND TO FARMERS AND GO OVER THAT, GETTING THE THINKING IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT.

YEAH, YEAH. NO, THAT'S A GREAT, GREAT POINT.

AND YES, WE DO HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SLIDE THAT I'M SHOWING RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE EVAPOTRANSPIRATION TABLES FOR CALIFORNIA.

SO THE ONE CAVEAT, WE'RE PROBABLY A LITTLE LOW ON ALMONDS FROM AN OPERATING STANDPOINT.

SO SOME OF YOUR ALMOND GROWERS ARE GOING TO USE HIGHER AMOUNTS THAN WHAT WE SHOW ON

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THERE. ON AVERAGE, IT'S PRETTY GOOD, BUT THAT TABLE DOES PROVIDE YOU WITH MONTHLY ESTIMATE OF WHAT THE ET IS, AND THOSE WERE DONE QUITE A WHILE AGO, BACK IN 2003, BUT THEY'RE USED QUITE A BIT IN AND STILL TODAY, VERY, VERY COMMON FOR MOST OF YOUR CONSULTANTS TO KNOW WHERE THOSE TABLES ARE AND WHAT THE VALUES ARE.

EXCUSE ME. AND THAT'S THAT'S ONE SOURCE.

THE OTHER SOURCES WE CAN ACTUALLY PROVIDE YOU WITH A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF KIND OF THE MINIMUM MAXIMUM VALUES, AVERAGE VALUES OF THE WATER USE FOR YOUR CROPS AND YOUR GSA AS PART OF THIS ANALYSIS.

GIVEN THAT WE WILL HAVE AND WE HAVE ALREADY THE ET, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF LOOKING BACK ON SOME OF THE LAND USE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN PUBLISHED AND THEN CROSS-REFERENCE IN THAT WITH OUR ET. AND WE CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH TABLES THAT ARE THAT ARE MORE SPECIFIC TO YOUR LOCAL AREA AND YOUR CROPPING PATTERNS.

SO IT'S A GREAT POINT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK GSA SHOULD BE AND FARMERS SHOULD BE ASKING FOR RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW YOU'RE GOING TO PLAN.

RIGHT. YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WATER BALANCE.

AND YOU'RE RIGHT, EVERYONE'S THINKING APPLY WATER.

THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE THEM, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE ALL OF THIS OTHER INFORMATION IS BASED ON NET. AND SO CONSUMPTIVE USE, I THINK, IS GOING TO BE THE WAY FOLKS START THINKING ABOUT WATER RIGHTS.

WELL, THERE'S A LOT OF, A LOT OF QUESTIONS I DON'T KNOW, THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE ALL AT THIS TIME.

I MEAN, I HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS.

I STILL DON'T CLEARLY UNDERSTAND IF THERE'S A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL INTERFACE OR ADDITIONAL TOOLS FROM WHAT YOU PROVIDE VERSUS WHAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAINABLY MANAGE GROUNDWATER. I'M A LITTLE BIT OF A FOGGY ON THAT.

I YOU KNOW, BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO START DRILLING DOWN ON QUITE A BIT OF IT.

I DON'T, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.

VERY INTERESTING. THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

STAFF UPDATE.

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I JUST HAD TWO ITEMS THAT I WANTED TO MENTION FOR THE BOARD.

ONE WAS JUST AN UPDATE ON THE WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT THAT THE BOARD APPROVED LAST MONTH.

THAT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THIS CHAIRMAN AND THAT WAS THE SIGNATURE PAGE WAS SENT OVER TO MID.

AND I BELIEVE ALMOST EVERY OTHER AGENCY ON THAT WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT HAD SIGNED IT AS WELL. SO WE DON'T YET HAVE A COMPLETE EXECUTED AGREEMENT FROM MID YET, BUT WE SHOULD HAVE THAT IN THE FUTURE. ALSO MENTIONED THE COST SHARE.

WE SHOULD SEE THAT AT A FUTURE MEETING AS WELL.

SO THE GSA BOARD HERE CAN HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE COST SHARE IS GOING TO BE.

AND THEN FINALLY, ALSO RELATED TO THE WATER RIGHTS AGREEMENT IS A LETTER OF SUPPORT WAS SENT FROM THIS BOARD AND IT WAS SENT TO STAFF AT THE WATER BOARD WHO IT WAS ADDRESSED TO SUPPORTING THE WATER RIGHTS APPLICATION AS FUTURE CO APPLICANTS.

AND THOSE ARE ALL THE UPDATES I HAVE.

THANK YOU. ANY BOARD REPORTS? OK, THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS

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I ANTICIPATE THAT STAFF WILL BE TELLING US WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER ON A ON A COMMITTEE BASIS PRIOR TO THAT.

BUT THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING OF THE GSA IS OCTOBER 8TH.

AND ABSENT ANYTHING ELSE, WE'LL GO AHEAD ADJOURN.

OK.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.