Public Hearing June 9, 2022, 1 p.m.
Please Submit Comments via e-mail to email@example.com
As you may know, the current groundwater extraction fee methodology relies on estimates of pumping to determine your total fee amount. UVRGA has received input from stakeholders stating a desire to be charged based on actual groundwater use, not estimates. The UVRGA Board has considered that input and agrees. The UVRGA Board has determined that actual groundwater use should be determined using flowmeters and has developed a proposed ordinance to set forth appropriate well registration, metering, and extraction reporting requirements. The draft ordinance can be viewed here. To reduce ordinance development costs, the draft ordinance is based on the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency rules. The draft ordinance includes requirements for registering your well with UVRGA, requirements for the installation and periodic calibration of a flowmeter on your well discharge line, and requirements for reporting extractions to UVRGA on a quarterly basis.
The proposed ordinance includes the following primary requirements:
1. Fill out a form provided by UVRGA to register your well(s).
2. Install a flowmeter on your well(s) by June 30, 2023.
3. Provide proof of flowmeter calibration that is less than 3 years old by June 30, 2023 (Note: UVRGA will provide a list of approved calibration vendors)
4. Take and submit a digital photograph of your flowmeter totalizer March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 of each year.
5. Complete Quarterly Groundwater Extraction Statements provided by UVRGA and submit together with the totalizer photos to UVRGA each quarter. (Note: quarterly reporting of groundwater extractions is necessary to accomplish both water year extraction reporting to the State and to assess semi-annual groundwater extractions fees. which will be billed semi-annually for the January-June and July-December periods.
Please note: UVRGA will not be responsible for submitting your annual reporting statements to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), individual landowners will continue to be responsible for annual extraction reporting to SWRCB.
The UVRGA Board will conduct a public hearing and first reading of the proposed ordinance on June 9, 2022 and will schedule a second public hearing prior to adopting the ordinance. If you have comments on the draft ordinance, it would be best to provide those comments before or during the first public hearing (June 9, 2022). Your input and feedback is welcomed. Comments may be submitted orally during the public hearing or in writing via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail/drop off at UVRGA c/o Meiners Oaks Water District 202 W. El Roblar Dr., Ojai, CA 93023.
Draft Aquatic GDE Monitoring Plans Are Available for Review
Public Comments Are Being Accepted Through June 17, 2022
Please Submit Comments via e-mail to email@example.com
Draft workplans have been prepared for monitoring of the Confluence Aquatic GDE Area and Foster Park Aquatic GDE Area. In accordance with the adopted Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP), the purpose of the Confluence Aquatic GDE monitoring program is to provide data that can inform whether sustainable management criteria (SMC) for the Depletion of Interconnected Surface Water sustainability indicator are warranted for the Confluence Aquatic Habitat Area. The purpose of the Foster Park Aquatic GDE monitoring program is to provide data to facilitate UVRGA’s ongoing evaluation of SMC developed in the GSP for the Depletion of Interconnected Surface Waters sustainability indicator in the Foster Park Aquatic Habitat Area, as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
***Final Annual Report Available***
Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) are required to submit annual reports to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) by April 1 of each year following adoption of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The Upper Ventura River Valley Basin GSP reported data through the water year 2019; therefore, the first annual report includes data collected during water years 2020 and 2021. The UVRGA Board of Directors approved the annual report for submittal to DWR during its March 24, 2022 meeting. Click here to see the final annual report.
***GSP Adopted by UVRGA Board of Directors***
The Upper Ventura River Valley GSP was adopted 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 through April 16, 2022. For more information or to submit comments, please visit the DWR SGMA Portal.
The GSP is available for download as a single PDF file from the DWR SGMA Portal or as separate files below:
***GSP Scheduled for Adoption January 6, 2022***
The GSP Development team has carefully reviewed comments received as part of the GSP Public Hearing held on December 9, 2021. Please see links below for comments received and comment responses. A link to a redline version of the GSP text is provided below to show changes made as a result of comments received and further review of the GSP by the GSP Development Team. The UVRGA Board of Directors will consider adopting the GSP during its special meeting on January 6, 2022. Thank you very much for your continued interest!
***GSP Public Hearing December 9, 2021, 12:30 p.m.***
Tentative Final GSP
The GSP Development team and Board of Directors has carefully reviewed comments received during the draft GSP public comment period. Responses to comments have been developed and the draft GSP was updated based on the comments. The Tentative Final GSP is available via the links provided below. The UVRGA Board of Directors will hold a public hearing prior to receive and consider further comments prior to adopting the Tentative Final GSP. The date and time for the GSP Public Hearing is December 9, 2021, 12:30 p.m. (please see link above for public hearing notice). Thank you very much for your continued interest!
GSP Comment Responses
GSP Edits Made Pursuant to Comments
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. The comment responses and redline edits are provided via the links below. 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. Thank you very much for your continued interest!
***Public Comment Period is Closed***
The draft GSP is available via the links below. UVRGA accepted comments on draft GSP between August 10 and October 8, 2021. Thank you to those of you who commented on the GSP UVRGA will be preparing a final GSP for adoption no later than January 31, 2022. Thank you very much for your continued interest!
The final draft GSP will include substantial revisions to the degraded water quality sustainable management criteria. For more information, please review:
Draft GSP Comments (listed in order received)
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Overview
In September of 2014, the California Legislature enacted comprehensive legislation aimed at strengthening local control and management of groundwater basins throughout the state. Known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the legislation provides a framework for sustainable management of groundwater supplies by local authorities, with a limited role for state intervention when necessary to protect the resource.
For the first time in California, groundwater will have to be managed to protect the long-term reliability of the resource.
SGMA technically applies to all 515 groundwater basins and subbasins in California, but it is only the 127 high- and medium-priority basins that are required to develop groundwater sustainability plans. The Upper Ventura River Groundwater Basin has been ranked a medium-priority basin.
Key Implementation Dates
SGMA lays out a process and a timeline for local authorities to achieve sustainable management of groundwater basins.
- June 30, 2017: Local groundwater sustainability agencies formed.
- January 31, 2020: Groundwater sustainability plans adopted for critically overdrafted basins.
- January 31, 2022: Groundwater sustainability plans adopted for high- and medium-priority basins not currently in overdraft. (The Upper Ventura River Basin is a medium-priority basin.)
- 20 years after adoption: All high- and medium-priority groundwater basins must fully implement their sustainability plans and achieve the sustainability goal.
Tools and Authorities
SGMA provides local GSAs with the tools and authority to:
- Require registration of groundwater wells
- Manage extractions
- Assess fees to implement groundwater management plans
- Request revisions of basin boundaries
Creation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans
Groundwater sustainability plans must outline measurable objectives and interim milestones to achieve the sustainability goal for the basin within a 20-year time frame. Plans need to include a physical description of the basin, including groundwater levels, groundwater quality, subsidence, and groundwater-surface water interaction; data on historical and projected water demands and supplies; and monitoring and management provisions.
In addition, plans must consider:
• Integration with local county and city general plans;
• Whether or not the hydrologic connection between adjacent basins affects the ability of those basins to reach sustainable groundwater management; and
• The interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater, including overlying property owners, municipal well owners, public water systems, local land use agencies, environmental users, surface water users, the federal government, Native American tribes in California, disadvantaged communities, and listed monitoring entities.
Definition of Sustainability
“Sustainability” in SGMA is defined as:
The management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.
“Undesirable results” is defined as:
One or more of the following effects caused by groundwater conditions occurring throughout the basin:
- Chronic lowering of groundwater levels indicating a significant and unreasonable depletion of supply if continued over the planning and implementation horizon. Overdraft during a period of drought is not sufficient to establish a chronic lowering of groundwater levels if extractions and recharge are managed as necessary to ensure that reductions in groundwater levels or storage during a period of drought are offset by increases in groundwater levels or storage during other periods.
- Significant and unreasonable reduction of groundwater storage.
- Significant and unreasonable seawater intrusion.
- Significant and unreasonable degraded water quality, including the migration of contaminant plumes that impair water supplies.
- Significant and unreasonable land subsidence that substantially interferes with surface land uses.
- Depletions of interconnected surface water that have significant and unreasonable adverse impacts on beneficial uses of the surface water.
Final Data Quality Control Review Procedure Adopted 9-13-18ter sustainability agency shall consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater, as well as those responsible for implementing groundwater sustainability plans.”
Section 10723.2 of SGMA
More SGMA Information
Assoc. of Calif. Water Agencies Info:
SGMA Handbook (Water Education Foundation)
“The groundwater sustainability agency shall consider the interests of all beneficial uses and users of groundwater, as well as those responsible for implementing groundwater sustainability plans.”
Section 10723.2 of SGMA