At the June 25, 2015 meeting of the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency (OBGMA), the board approved the purchase of four additional well data loggers to expand the groundwater monitoring network in the Ojai Basin. The new data loggers will automatically record the temperature, water level, and conductivity of groundwater in the four wells. Currently, there are 10 data loggers at six locations (some wells have loggers at multiple depths); these existing loggers monitor water level and temperature only.
At the May 28, 2015 meeting of the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency (OBGMA), the board adopted Ordinance 10, which establishes the requirement for well owners within OBGMA’s boundaries to test, calibrate, recalibrate, repair, replace and report the accuracy results of flowmeters and associated facilities to the OBGMA.
OBGMA Ordinance No. 10
At the May 28, 2015 meeting of the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency, the board adopted Ordinance 9, which supersedes Ordinance 4, and outlines changes in levying groundwater extraction charges.
OBGMA Ordinance No. 9
At the October 10, 2014 meeting of the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency, the board approved a new quarterly billing cycle, replacing a bi-annual billing cycle.
Ventura County Unincorporated Areas
In October 2014, the Ventura County Board of Supervisor’s adopted an urgency ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on new wells in most areas of the county, including the unincorporated areas of the Ojai Basin. The ordinance became effective immediately.
The well moratorium will be lifted by the County when a groundwater sustainability plan for that basin has been filed with the state. The moratorium contains some exceptions, such as for existing well repair or replacement if there is no increase in well capacity.
City of Ojai
In October 2014, the City of Ojai passed a temporary well moratorium, which was extended in December 2014 to October 2015. The moratorium is intended to slow the extraction of water from the ground until the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency can analyze current usage and prepare a groundwater sustainability plan to help protect supplies.