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FAQs - General


 

1. How do I know if a well on my property is registered with the FCGMA? 

Answer: Contact Agency staff.

2. I have a new well. What do I do now?

Answer: Per Ordinance Code 2.1.2, all groundwater extraction facilities within the boundaries of the Agency shall be registered with the Agency within 30 days of the completion of drilling activities or within 30 days after notice is given to the operator of such facility. No extraction facility may be operated or otherwise utilized so as to extract groundwater within the Agency Boundary unless that facility is registered with the Agency, flowmetered and permitted, if required, and all extractions reported to the Agency as required. The operator of an extraction facility shall register his extraction facility and provide in full, the information required to complete the form provided by the Agency.

To register the well with the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, complete and submit a Registration of Groundwater Extraction Facility Form. Then contact the Agency to determine the extraction allocation that will be associated with the well, if a flowmeter is required, and how to do the required reporting of well extractions and payment of the extraction charge.

3. What is a Well Owner?

Answer: A Well Owner is typically the person who owns the parcel of land that has a well. The Well Owner often times is also the Well Operator (see Question 5).

4. There has been a change in the Well Owner. What do I need to do?

Answer: Per Ordinance Code 2.2, the name of the owner of each extraction facility, the parcel number on which the well is located along with the names of all operators for each extraction facility shall be reported to the Agency within 30 days upon any change of ownership or operators, together with such other information required by the Executive Officer.

To fulfill this requirement, complete and submit to the Agency a Registration of Groundwater Extraction Facility Form.

5. What is a Well Operator?

Answer: A Well Operator is the person or company in charge of turning wells on and off, pumping groundwater, measuring the amount of groundwater pumped and reporting and paying the extraction charge for groundwater. A Well Operator is essentially the first person in charge of operating wells under an FCGMA combcode. Some Well Operators, such as ranch management companies, operate wells under several combcodes. Some Well Operators are also the Well Owner.

6.There has been a change in the Well Operator. What do I need to do?  

Answer: Per Ordinance Code 2.2, the name of the owner of each extraction facility, the parcel number on which the well is located along with the names of all operators for each extraction facility shall be reported to the Agency within 30 days upon any change of ownership or operators, together with such other information required by the Executive Officer.

To fulfill this requirement, submit to the Agency an Agency Authorization Form completed by the Well Owner. Then contact the Agency to determine allocation that will be associated with the well. Verify that the there is a current proof of flowmeter accuracy on file for each flowmeter associated with non-exempt well(s) prior to extracting groundwater. If the well is exempt, submit a completed Exemption from Flowmeter Requirement Form.

7. There is a new Contact Person. What do I need to do?

Answer: The Well Owner or an Agency recognized authorized representative is to notify Agency in writing of a change in the designated owner or operator contact person as well as the effective date of the change.

8. What is the FCGMA Ordinance Code?

 Answer: The FCGMA Ordinance Code contains the well operation rules for the FCGMA. The authority to set the rules comes from the Agency’s enabling legislation (AB 2995). The FCGMA Board of Directors can change the Ordinance Code as necessary, following public noticing and stakeholder input.

9. Who makes up the FCGMA Board of Directors?

Answer: The FCGMA Board of Directors consists of five Board Members. They represent the County of Ventura, the United Water Conservation District, the seven small water districts within the Agency, the five incorporated cities within the Agency and the farmers. Each Board Member has an alternate and all members serve a two-year term. Click the link for current Board members and Alternates.

10. How are Board Members selected?

Answer: All Board Members are appointed by their respective organizations or groups, except for the farmer representatives. They are appointed by the other four seated members from a list of candidates jointly supplied by the County Farm Bureau and the County Agricultural Association. Board Members are not paid by the Agency.

11. What does the FCGMA term “combcode” mean?

Answer: A combcode is an older term used in the FCGMA to mean “well combination code”, a well or group of wells operated together to serve a particular ranch, or a water supplier’s service area; therefore, a combcode is a well or list of wells that are operated singularly or together by a Well Operator. Combcodes are normally 3 to 5 letters long and have some relation to the Well Operator’s name or company name. This can be found on the upper-left corner of your Semi-Annual Extraction Statement.

Examples:

OXN = City of Oxnard’s wells

UWCD = United Water Conservation District’s wells

12. What is an extraction allocation?

Answer: An extraction allocation is the amount of groundwater that one is allowed to extract without paying a surcharge.

13. Is there more than one type of extraction allocation?

Answer: Yes. Currently there are four types of extraction allocations:

1. Irrigation Allowance Index Extraction Allocation is used where agricultural production takes place.

2. Temporary Extraction Allocation is used during the term of Emergency Ordinance E for Municipal and Industrial Well Operators.

3. Adjusted Historical Extraction Allocation is currently associated with domestic wells.

4. Baseline Extraction Allocation is currently associated with domestic wells.

14. What was the Irrigation Efficiency Allocation?

Answer: This is an older term that reflects an extraction allocation that was used for many years. This allocation system is no longer used. It has been replaced by the Irrigation Allowance Index Extraction Allocation.