Wednesday May 27, 2020


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.


*The State of California and the County of Ventura have declared a health emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency office is closed to the public. If you need to contact our offices, please use e-mail, phone, or mail. Thank you for joining us in our efforts to keep our community healthy.


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 will appoint an OPV Variance Review Committee to evaluate these types of variance requests and provide recommendations for the Board’s consideration.

The Agency is soliciting applications from stakeholders who are operators within the OPV Basins who are interested in serving on the Allocation Variance Review Committee. If you are interested, please submit the Application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than June 5, 2020.


New Adopted Resolutions 

At the April 22, 2020 Fox Canyon GMA Board meeting the Board adopted Resolutions 2020-03 and 2020-04. Resolution 2020-03 is to establish policies and procedures for granting variance requests above the intitial extraction allocation under the ordinance to establish an allocation system for the Oxnard and Pleasant Valley groundwater basins. The resolution can be viewed here.

Resolution 2020-04 defers the accural of civil penalties and interest from the County's health emergency declaration on March 12, 2020 through the end of June 2020. The resolution can be viewed here.


GSP Annual Reports 

The first Groundwater Sustainability Plan Annual Reports  for the Las Posas Valley Basin, Oxnard Subbasin and Pleasant Valley Basin have been completed and submitted to the Department of Water Resources. The Annual Reports can be viewed on our GSP page.


 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 take 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.

The Agency has developed an Application for Correction, Transfer, or Variance Requests for the New Extraction Allocation for the OPV Basins. Please use the form to submit a request for modification of the initial extraction allocation assigned to a well, transfer of allocation to a well, or correct information associated with the well.



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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Mon May 25
Memorial Day - Office Closed
Wed May 27 @01:30 -
Regular Board Meeting
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Fiscal Committee Meeting
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Operations Committee Meeting
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Executive Committee Meeting
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Special Board Meeting