The Ventura River near Meiners Oaks
Agency meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1 pm at Ventura River Water District, 409 Old Baldwin Road, Ojai, CA 93023. Public attendance is welcomed. Agendas with agenda packets are listed below 72 hours or more before the meeting.
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The next Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm, on-line / teleconference.
***Aquatic GDE Monitoring Plans and Response to Comments Approved August 11, 2022***
Click here to view the approved workplans, response to comments.
***Well Registration, Metering, and Reporting Ordinance ***
UVRGA adopted this ordinance on July 14, 2022 establishing requirements for registering water wells, metering groundwater extractions, and reporting groundwater extractions to UVRGA. The ordinance becomes effective August 15, 2022. UVRGA will be issuing a well registration form in late August or September. Click here for more information. Click here to view the ordinance.
***Groundwater Extraction Fees for Fiscal Year 22/23***
On June 9, 2022, UVRGA adopted new groundwater extraction fees for the period July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Click here to view the resolution.
***Final Annual Report Available***
***Winter Newsletter Available***
***New Environmental Stakeholder Director***
Please join us in welcoming Vivon Crawford to the UVRGA Board of Directors. Ms. Crawford was appointed on January 13, 2022 and replaces Director Larry Rose who was with UVRGA since the beginning. Larry Rose made many valuable contributions during his time on the UVRGA Board. Ms. Crawford comes to us from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy where she serves as the Restoration Program Manager. We look forward to collaborating with Director Crawford.
The UVRGA Board of Directors adopted the GSP during is Special Board meeting on January 6, 2022 and was submitted to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on January 24, 2022 for assessment. DWR will be accepting public comments on the GSP beginning soon. For more information or to submit comments, please visit the DWR SGMA Portal. Thank you to all stakeholders who provide input during the planning process. Stay tuned for next steps on GSP implementation, including publication of UVRGA’s first annual report in March 2022. Click here to view Resolution 2022-01 adopting the GSP. The GSP is available for viewing or download on the DWR SGMA Portal or here.
***GSP Comment Responses & Revisions***
The GSP Development team has carefully reviewed all comments received during the draft GSP public comment period. A detailed comment response table has been prepared and the draft GSP has been updated based on the comments. Click here to view the comment responses and GSP edits.
***Tentative Date for GSP Public Hearing December 9, 2021, 1 p.m.***
The UVRGA Board of Directors will hold a public hearing prior to adopting the GSP to receive and consider further comments prior to adopting the GSP. The tentative date and time for the GSP Public Hearing is December 9, 2021, 1 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.
The Draft GSP was released for public comment on August 10. The public comment period is now closed.
The final GSP will include substantial revisions to the degraded water quality sustainable management criteria. For more information, please review:
UVRGA held two public workshops in September concerning the draft GSP:
Hosted by Ventura River Watershed Council (venturawatershed.org)
Held September 3, 1 p.m.
Hosted by UVRGA
Held September 23, 1 p.m.
July 22, 2021 Update: Video Animation Illustrating Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions and Pumping Effects in the Upper Ventura River Basin. Click here to view the video.
July 17, 2021 Update: The UVRGA Summer Newsletter is now available! Get the latest information about groundwater sustainability plan development. Click here to view the newsletter
UVRGA GSP Workshop #3 was held on April 29, 2021. Click here for Workshop #3 presentations.
UVRGA GSP Workshop #2 was held on March 2.Click here for Workshop #2 Presentations
Groundwater Sustainability Plan Schedule: Click here for the latest schedule.
GSP Sustainability Goal: The UVRGA adopted the Sustainability Goal on August 13, 2020.
UVRGA Public Workshop #1 was held on July 20, 2020. Click here for the workshop presentations.
Meetings are underway now. Important decisions are being made. All stakeholders are invited to participate. Read more >>
Ventura River Watershed Adjudication
VENTURA RIVER WATERSHED ADJUDICATION INFORMATION
Thank you for visiting the Upper Ventura River Groundwater Agency Website. Upper Ventura River Groundwater Agency (UVRGA) is a local public agency created in 2017 to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) (https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Groundwater-Management/SGMA-Groundwater-Management). Although SGMA charges UVRGA with responsibility for and powers to manage the groundwater resources of the Upper Ventura River Groundwater Basin (https://uvrgroundwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/UVR-Basin-Fact-Sheet-3-18.pdf), the UVRGA is currently not party to the adjudication and has no authority to determine water rights.
For more information about the adjudication, please visit the following websites:
- Ventura River Watershed Adjudication Website (https://www.venturariverwatershedadjudication.com/)
- Several UVRGA member agencies are parties to adjudication and more information may be obtained from their websites:
- City of San Buenaventura (https://www.venturariver.com)
- Meiners Oaks Water District (http://meinersoakswater.com/?page_id=2021)
- Ventura River Water District (http://venturariverwd.com/)
- Casitas Municipal Water District (https://www.casitaswater.org/home/showdocument?id=2174)
- Frequently Asked Questions (http://meinersoakswater.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Adjudication-Notification-Process-Frequently-Asked-Questions_FAQ_8.5x11.pdf)
If you have received a Notice of Commencement of Groundwater Basin Adjudication or a Summons in the case of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper v. State Water Resources Control Board; City of San Buenaventura; City of San Buenaventura v. Duncan Abbott, et al., Cross-Complaint, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Case No. 19STCP01176, you are encouraged to contact your water provider and/or attorney for more information.
If you have additional questions about this matter, you may also contact the City of San Buenaventura’s attorney:
Best, Best & Krieger LLP
2001 N. Main Street, Suite 390
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Proposed Basin Boundary Change
The GSA Formation Committee is pursuing formal modification of the existing groundwater basin boundaries to more accurately reflect current knowledge of geologic conditions. Read More >>
In 2014, the California Legislature enacted comprehensive legislation aimed at strengthening local control and management of groundwater basins throughout the state. Read More >>
The Upper Ventura River Groundwater Basin is one of four water supply basins in the Ventura River watershed, and one of two required by new state law to be managed sustainably. Read More >>