Thursday February 21, 2019

Groundwater Conservation Through Well Extraction Management

The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA) manages and protects both confined and unconfined aquifers within several 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.

* Groundwater Sustainability Plans Modeling

Dudek, the Agency's GSP Consultant, has released Memos regarding the Approach to Modeling, Minimum Thresholds & Measurable Objectives, and the Sustainable Yield. They have also released a Groundwater Modeling Peer Review Report. To view the memos and report please click here.

New Ordinance Requiring Monthy Extraction Reporting

On December 5, 2018 the Fox Canyon GMA Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 8.9 to amend the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency ordinance code relating to reporting of groundwater extractions for agricultural extraction facilities.


 Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Ordinance and Incentives

The FCGMA Board has adopted an Advanced Metering Infrastructure ordinance requiring AMI devices on all wells required to have a meter. Agricultural wells have until December 31, 2018 to comply. To assist well owners FCGMA is offering incentives up to $3500 per well to install AMI. For information on the ordinance and the AMI incentive program please click here.


Solicitation of Projects for GSP Future Model Simulations

The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (Agency) is preparing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for the Las Posas Valley Basin, Oxnard Subbasin, and Pleasant Valley Basin. In collaboration with other water agencies, the Agency will be conducting groundwater modeling of future conditions over the next 50 years to evaluate the sustainable yield of the groundwater basins and management areas.

The GSPs must identify projects and management actions that will be implemented to achieve sustainable groundwater management within 20 years and maintain sustainable groundwater management over a 50 year planning horizon. The Agency is seeking to identify projects with planned implementation within the next 20 years that will affect sustainable management of the groundwater basins to include in future conditions modeling scenarios.




 Preliminary Draft Groundwater Sustainabilty Plans

The preliminary GSPs are now available for review. Please click here to view now

The public comment period ended April 3, 2018


Groundwater Sustainability Plans

Click here to learn more about the timeline and public comment process

 New Public Notice

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

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