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.
2023 Flynn Award Nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2023 John K. Flynn Groundwater Stewardship Award. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination.
Arroyo Santa Rosa Valley Basin GSA
The Arroyo Santa Rosa Valley Groundwater Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (ASRVBGSA) and Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA), are jointly developing a groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) for the Arroyo Santa Rosa Valley Groundwater Basin (ASRVGB) pursuant to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The draft GSP is available for review and commentary. You may submit any comments on the Arroyo Santa Rosa Valley Basin GSP to FCGMA at email@example.com. For more information or to view the GSP please visit the ASRVBGSA website.
Effective January 1, 2023 per Resolution 2022-06 the tiered surcharge rates for groundwater extractions that exceed the allocation for an extraction facility shall be as follows:
Tier I: Zero to 25.000 AF = $1,841.00 per AF
Tier II: 25.001 AF to 99.999 AF = $2,091.00 per AF
Tier III: 100 AF or more = $2,341.00 per AF
Sustainability Fee Increase
Effective October 1, 2022, for Agricultural, M&I and Domestic Operators, per Resolution No. 2022-05, the Sustainability Fee of $14.00 per acre-foot (AF) will increase to $29.00 per AF. (Note: This fee shall not be imposed on any Domestic Operator who extracts two (2) acre-feet per year or less.)
DWR Approves Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Las Posas Valley Basin
January 13, 2022 – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has approved the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency Groundwater Sustainability Plan, covering the Las Posas Valley Basin.
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
Please note that online payments for semi-annual extraction statements will be unavailable after October 9, 2021.
The Agency Board of Directors adopted an ordinance to establish a new interim groundwater extraction allocation system for the Las Posas Valley Basin on December 14, 2020. The ordinance replaced the extraction allocations established under the Agency Ordinance Code and Emergency Ordinance E and became effective October 1, 2021. The ordinance will be interim and in effect until such time as the court completes adjudication of the Basin.More information on the LPV Allocation Ordinance is available here.
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 tutorial on YouTube.
New Public Notice
Please click here to view a new public notice regarding a comprehensive groundwater basin adjudication for the Oxnard Subbasin and Pleasant Valley groundwater basin.
Please click here to view a public notice regarding a comprehensive groundwater basin adjudication for the Las Posas Valley groundwater basin.