Thanks for Conserving!!

Due to conservation efforts by well owners in the Ojai Basin, water levels have not declined as rapidly as in prior years, which has resulted in a reasonable sustained draw from the basin during these drought times. On July 13, 2015, the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency (OBGMA) sent a letter to well owners thanking them for all they have done to reduce water demand. THANK YOU!! Thank You Letter 7...

More Well Data Loggers to be Installed

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...

New Meter Testing Requirements

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....

Changes to Extraction Charges

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....

Well Drilling Moratoriums in Effect

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...