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.
FCGMA Project Solicitation – Submittal Deadline September 30, 2023
Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA) is soliciting submittal of water-supply and infrastructure projects in the Las Posas Valley Basin, Oxnard Subbasin, and Pleasant Valley Basin.
The Agency Board of Directors established a process and criteria for evaluating and prioritizing projects for inclusion in Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) updates and for potential funding through future grant opportunities and/or development of fees for funding by basin operators. The purpose of project ranking process is to rank and prioritize the projects on the lists of projects adopted by the Board for the GSP for each of the basins. This will create a ranked Project Prioritization List of projects to be implemented by FCGMA and/or other agencies. The prioritization will be used to recommend to the Board which projects should be included for funding by potential replenishment fees and/or in the Agency’s applications submitted in response to grant opportunities. Additionally, the prioritization will help to inform which projects should be included in future-scenario modeling for the five-year GSP evaluations based on the likelihood that the project will be implemented by the 2040 deadline for bringing the basins into sustainable groundwater management.
The Project Prioritization List will be reviewed, re-scored, and re-prioritized on an annual basis. Updated information will be solicited for projects currently on the list for updated scoring and new projects can be considered for addition to the list at this time. Updated project information and new projects must be submitted by September 30 each year. Agency staff will review updated and new project information and prepare draft ranking of the projects using the Project Ranking Sheet. The Operations Committee will review the new information, draft project ranking, and update the Project Prioritization List at one or more public meetings. The Operations Committee will then refer the updated Project Prioritization List to the Board for adoption as part of GSP Annual Report approval process.
Complete instructions and forms are available at the following links:
Project submissions should be submitted to FCGMA-GSP@ventura.org
5-Year Groundwater Sustainability Plan Evaluations
FCGMA is beginning an evaluation of the Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for the Las Posas Valley Basin, Oxnard Subbasin, and Pleasant Valley Basin. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires periodical evaluation of GSPs at least every 5 years. To view the GSPs or for more information please see 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. You may submit any comments on the Arroyo Santa Rosa Valley Basin GSP to FCGMA at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information or to view the GSP please visit the ASRVBGSA website.
DWR Approves Groundwater Sustainability Plan for 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
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.
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.