Fox Canyon GMA

Fox Canyon

Groundwater Management Agency

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.

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. For more information or to view the GSP please visit the ASRVBGSA website.

Surcharge Rates

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.

Online Payments 

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

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 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.