Sunday December 05, 2021


Sustainable Groundwater Management

The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA) manages and protects both confined and unconfined aquifers within all or portions of four groundwater basins underlying the southern portion of Ventura County. The FCGMA is an independent special district, separate from the County of Ventura or any city government. It was created by the California Legislature in 1982 to oversee Ventura County's vital groundwater resources. The boundary covers 183 square miles, and all lands lying above the deep Fox Canyon aquifer account for more than half of the water needs for over 700,000 residents in the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Camarillo, and Moorpark, plus the unincorporated communities of Saticoy, El Rio, Somis, Moorpark Home Acres, Nyeland Acres, Point Mugu and Montalvo.

Our offices are located in the Water Resources Division Ventura County Government Center Administration Building. For maps and directions to the FCGMA office, click here.

DWR Approves Groundwater Sustainability Plans for Oxnard and Pleasant Valley Basins

November 22, 2021—The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has approved the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency Groundwater Sustainability Plans,
covering Oxnard and Pleasant Valley Basins


Online Payments 

Please note that online payments for semi-annual extraction statements will be unavailable after October 9, 2021.


FCGMA Office Hours Based on Current COVID Public Health Orders 

Effective Monday, June 28, 2021, the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency office located at the County of Ventura Hall of Administration building in Ventura is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday's and by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Remote services will continue to be provided via email, online, or phone.    



Ordinance to Establish a New Pumping Allocation System for the Las Posas Valley Basin  

 The Agency Board of Directors adopted an ordinance to establish a new interim groundwater extraction allocation system for the Las Posas Valley Basin. The ordinance will replace the current extraction allocations established under the Agency Ordinance Code and Emergency Ordinance E and will become effective October 1, 2021. The ordinance will be interim and in effect until such time as the court completes adjudication of the Basin.

The ordinance is based on the “Las Posas Valley Basin Groundwater Pumping Allocation System White Paper” dated June 16, 2017, developed by the Las Posas Users Group. A public hearing and first reading of the proposed ordinance was held on August 14, 2020. The ordinance was revised to address stakeholder comments.

 The ordinance with all accepted amendments can be viewed or downloaded here.


Notice of Extraction Fee Increase

At the October 28, 2020 Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency Board meeting, the Board of Directors adopted Resolution 2020-05 imposing a fee of $20.00 per acre-foot (AF) on groundwater extractions to augment a reserve fund used to pay the costs and expenses of legal actions and proceedings related to implementation of the Agency’s groundwater sustainability program.

This additional $20.00 per AF groundwater extraction charge is imposed on all operators, other than operators extracting 2 AF or less per year for domestic use, for a period of four years, effective January 1, 2021.  

Collection of this fee will cease on October 1, 2024, absent action by the Board to extend or advance that termination date. In addition, the Agency will conduct annual reviews to consider continued need for the fee.

This new fee raises Agency extraction fees from the current total of $20 per AF to a total of $40 per AF for extractions beginning January 1, 2021; the fee for domestic operators extracting 2 AF per year or less remains at $6 per AF.

The Resolution, rationale and analysis for the new fee, and Board discussion is available at


Notice of Surcharge Rate Increase

At the December 02, 2020 Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency Board meeting, the Board of Directors adopted Resolution 2020-07 increasing the Agency's tierd surchage rates, effiective January 1, 2021.

The new tiered surcharge rates are as follows:

Tier I:     Zero to 25.000 AF = $1,549 per AF

Tier II:   25.001 AF to 99.999 AF = $1,799 per AF

Tier III:   100 AF or more = $2,049 per AF



Following is an important message from the Fox Canyon GMA Board of Directors.     


The new allocations system for Oxnard and Pleasant Valley (OPV) Basins Began October 1st


In response to stakeholder concerns, and to ease the transition to the new allocation system, the FCGMA Board took the necessary steps to suspend the assessment of most surcharges during the first year of the new allocation ordinance.


The benefit of this action is surcharge forgiveness for the first year.  Specifically, the Board directed that surcharges be waived for extractions exceeding their new allocations if they do not exceed the operator’s 2017/18 year’s allocation for Ag and 2018 year's allocation for M&I and Domestic. As always, the Board is committed to working with stakeholders to avoid hardships. The net effect of the Board’s action is to remove any risk to the stakeholders associated with implementation of the new allocation ordinance.      


LPV New Interim  Extraction Allocation Webinar

The agency hosted a live LPV Interim Extraction Allocation Webinar, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. To view the Video Recording please click here. To view the PowerPoint presentation slides please click here.


OPV New Extraction Allocation Webinar

The agency hosted a live OPV Extraction Allocation Webinar, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.. To view the PowerPoint presentation please click here.


OPV New Extraction Allocation

The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency Board of Directors adopted an Ordinance to Establish an Allocation System for the Oxnard and Pleasant Valley Groundwater Basins on October 23, 2019. The new allocations took effect October 1, 2020. Notification of New Extraction Allocation letters were sent to all owners and operators currently registered with the Agency with wells in the basins providing notification of the new initial extraction allocation assigned to each well. 


OPV Allocation Variance Review Committee  

The Allocation Variance Review Committee provides recommendations to the Board on requests for new and additional allocation above that which has been previously extracted. Granting additional allocation would affect the allocations of the other extractors in the basin. For that reason, the Board appointed an OPV Variance Review Committee to evaluate these types of variance requests and provide recommendations for the Board’s consideration.


DWR SGMA Data Viewer

 The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) maintains a Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Data Viewer which stakeholders may find useful. It is a GIS system viewer that displays groundwater levels in wells, land subsidence, basin boundaries, and other useful information. DWR has a video tutotial on YouTube.

New Public Notice


Please click here to view new public notice regarding a comprehensive groundwater basin adjudication.

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Upcoming Events

Mon Dec 06 @02:00 -
OPV Variance Review Committee - CANCELED
Fri Dec 10 @01:30 -
Board Meeting