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Well Registration

In January 2024, the North Fork Kings GSA fully launched a Well Registration Program for well owners using the online tool Watermark. Starting July 1, 2024, well registration will be required for all domestic and agricultural wells within the North Fork Kings GSA boundary. Registering a well(s) will be free until September 30. Starting October 1, registering will cost $100 per well.

Landowners’ prompt action in the well registration program is a key part of keeping local control over groundwater management.

The well registration program is most immediately tied to a State-required groundwater study on the confined aquifer. This study will allow North Fork Kings GSA to better understand land subsidence and groundwater flows. The groundwater study must be completed by the fall of this year ahead of the 2025 Groundwater Sustainability Plan update and submittal to the State. Landowner participation is an important part of completing the study.

The North Fork Kings GSA strongly encourages well owners to register both agricultural and domestic (private drinking water) wells to avoid fees in October.

How to activate your Watermark account

BEFORE ACTIVATING YOUR ACCOUNT, HAVE THESE THINGS READY:

1. VERIFICATION CODE(S)

  • Starting January 31st, landowners will begin to receive their verification codes in the mail. These verification codes are needed to claim parcels and start the well registration process. If it is after February 9th and you still have not received your letter, or if you misplaced it, please reach out to help@northforkkings.org for assistance.

2. WELL INFORMATION

REQUIRED

  • Well location (you will be able to pin it on a map)
  • Well name
  • Well type
  • Well status (active/inactive)
  • If there is a flow meter

IF AVAILABLE

  • Whether or not you have the well completion report
  • Year drilled
  • Well driller
  • Well depth
  • Perforated Intervals/Screen Depth (ft.)
  • Pump type
  • Pump horsepower
  • Whether or not you’ve had a pump efficiency test within the past 3 years

to activate your Watermark account and register your well(s):

1. Visit watermark.mljenvironmental.com and complete the “create an account” form

Account-holders may either own or manage parcels with the North Fork Kings GSA.

2. create a water account(s)

If you manage groups of parcels separately as different farms/ranches or manage separate farms/ranches on behalf of others, you can create separate water accounts. This will be helpful to separately track water use and help with future water allocation management.

3. Add parcels to your account

  1. Use verification codes to claim your parcels.
  2. To claim parcels to your account, you must be the parcel owner or contact the landowner to obtain the verification code. Alternatively, you can download the Landowner Authorization Form and submit a signed copy to help@northforkkings.org. A member of our support team will contact you with the required parcel verification codes.

4. register your wells

You must claim parcels before starting the well registration process.

5. View evapotranspiration (ET) data by parcel

You can view monthly ET data (consumed water) for your parcels within Watermark.

Resources

Well Registration Workbook – Alternative to registering wells one-by-one

For multiple wells: Use this workbook to register all wells at once. Download, fill it out, and send it to help@northforkkings.org for uploading to your Watermark account. Note: you need to have your Watermark account created and set up the Water Account you’d like them uploaded to.

Download Registration Workbook Here

Why Well Registration?

The well registration program is most immediately tied to a State-required groundwater study on the confined aquifer. Over the next several months, the North Fork Kings GSA will conduct this study to better understand land subsidence and groundwater flows. This study must be completed by fall 2024. Landowner participation in well registration is a key part of the study’s completion and success in maintaining local control over groundwater management.

Well registration also serves as a valuable tool for the North Fork Kings GSA in the pursuit of long-term groundwater sustainability. Gathering information on the number and location of wells, along with other relevant data, is essential for effective groundwater management.

Additionally, this data will contribute to the future domestic well mitigation program by informing the North Fork Kings GSA about the location and number of domestic wells within its boundaries. This proactive approach allows the North Fork Kings GSA to plan for the program adequately, ensuring sufficient resources are available for the well owners involved.

About Watermark

Watermark is an online SGMA tool for growers and residents in the North Fork Kings GSA. Watermark as a well registration tool is only the first step in a long-term vision for the platform. The toll will be developed over time to include water accounting capabilities once groundwater allocations are in place.

For now, landowners can use Watermark to begin tracking their monthly water use by accessing parcel-level ET data. Understanding water use is the first step to being able to plan for water allocations in the future.

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