P.O. Box 239, Somis, CA 93066


  This is an important safety message from Southern California Edison. Due to forecast fire weather conditions, Southern California Edison continues to explore a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff of electrical lines in the SOMIS area. These conditions may result in SCE turning off your power. SCE anticipates that this may occur on Thursday, October 10, 2019 though it may occur earlier or later depending on actual weather conditions. We encourage you to prepare by having an outage plan and emergency kit. SCE will send daily updates until conditions improve. For more information, please visit sce.com/psps. Downed power line? Stay away, call 911, and SCE at 1-800-611-1911


Pump Fee Increase


On September 25, 2019, the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency’s (FCGMA) Board of Directors voted to increase groundwater pumping fees from $12.50 per acre-foot to $17 per acre-foot. The fee is retroactive beginning on August 1, 2019. The increased pump fee is reflected on your September 30th invoice as follows:


· Retroactive FCGMA increase for August = Acre-ft delivered in Aug. x $ 4.50 per acre-ft ($17-$12.50 = $4.50) 

· FCGMA fee increase for September = Acre-ft delivered in Sep. x $17 per acre-ft. 

Subsequent invoices will reflect the new FCGMA pumping fees. 

To voice your concerns regarding this fee increase, please contact the FCGMA Director, Jeff Pratt at 805-654-2073 or at jeff.pratt@ventura.org.

The FCGMA Board also approved a pumping fee increase to $20 per acre-foot beginning August 1, 2020. 


New FCGMA Photo Requirement!

 Flowmeter photographs are now required to be included with Semi-Annual Groundwater Extraction Statements. Notifications have yet to be sent to Agricultural operators with information about how to take and submit photos of flowmeters. Information will also be included with the statements. The photos should be taken when reading the flowmeter totalizer at the end of the statement period (July 31 and December 31 for Agriculture). If you have questions about the new photo requirements, please contact Kathy Jones at 805.645.1372 or kathy.jones@ventura.org 


Groundwater Sustainability Plans

The Draft GSPs 60-day public comment period ended on September 23, 2019. Zone submitted comments on the Draft GSP.  Public comments are expected to be addressed in the final GSPs, which are planned to be completed in time for the FCGMA Board to consider adoption of the GSPs at a special Board meeting on November 6, 2019. After FCGMA adoption, there will be an additional comment period as required by the Department of Water Resources. Speak up and make your voice count!