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Facilitated Process

Engaging Stakeholders on Sustainable Groundwater Management

The Fox Canyon facilitated process is an independent effort to facilitate consensus building among a broad range of stakeholders and interested parties on water resources management related to implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in Fox Canyon of Ventura County. The purpose of this web site is to provide transparency related to meetings and information related to these efforts. All interested parties can use this web site to learn more about the process and access materials.

The Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (GMA) will convene and participate in discussions with stakeholders, representative of groundwater users and managers in the basins, to develop recommendations for the GMA Board to consider adopting. Stakeholders will explore and discuss a range of issues, draw upon the best available science, consider and integrate to the extent possible all points of view and public input, and strive for consensus recommendations. The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) is providing impartial facilitation services, currently funded by the California Department of Water Resources.

OPV Core Stakeholder Group Participants

A Core Stakeholder Group has formed to address the issues at hand. Core Stakeholder Group meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join these meetings to listen to the discussions that take place and contribute during the open sessions.

Once some proposals are taking shape, the Core Stakeholder Group will share ideas in public workshops and organizational briefings. Public workshops and organizational briefings will provide everyone an opportunity to learn about proposals under consideration and to help shape those proposals.

Alden Broome

Broome Ranches, Guadalasca Mutual Water Company, Director at Zone Mutual

Arne Anselm

FCGMA

Candice Meneghin

Friends of the Santa Clara River

Dan Detmer

United Water Conservation District

E.J. Remson

The Nature Conservancy

Greg Lewis

Duda Farm Fresh Foods / OPV Ag Growers Group

Ian Prichard

Camrosa Water District (Also a GSA)

James Dubois

Driscolls

Jared Bouchard

Pleasant Valley County Water District

Jennfer Tribo

City of Ventura

John Krist

Farm Bureau of Ventura County

Jurgen or Martin Gramckow

Marathon Land & Southland Sod Farms

Lucie Munoz-McGovern

City of Camarillo

Rosemarie Gaglione

City of Oxnard

Terri L. Ferro

Seacoast Farms

Ad Hoc Committees

The Core Stakeholder Group will charge Ad Hoc Committees to develop detailed technical proposals for its consideration. The Core Stakeholder Group envisions forming a legal ad hoc and a project development ad hoc committee.

Facilitated Process Structure

FCGMA

Considers Adopting Recommendations

Core Stakeholder Group

Develops & Presents Recommendations To GMA

Public Groundwater Forums

Vets and Provides Input to Strengthen Proposed Recommendations

Briefings at Existing Meetings

Vets and Provides Input to Strengthen Proposed Recommendations

Constituent Meetings + Caucus

Vets and Provides Input to Strengthen Proposed Recommendations

Issues for Discussion

The facilitated process will grapple with the range of issues necessary to address regional water resources management as well as allocation.

Regional Water Resources Management

Allocation Plan

Sustainable Yield

Project Development

Costs, Fees, Equity, Benefits

Governance & Administration

Approach

Ramp Down

Stakeholder Issue Assessment

The process initiated with a stakeholder issue assessment. The Consensus Building Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that provides mediation and facilitation services conducted  22 interviews with 45 stakeholders and found the conditions in the Oxnard and Pleasant Valley basins to be amenable to a facilitated process, wherein a representative group of stakeholders convened to engage in joint-problem solving to seek consensus on recommendations to put forth to the Fox Canyon GMA Board.

Assessment Process Recommendations

  • Convene a representative stakeholder group and build in broader engagement (Briefings, Caucus Meetings, Public Workshops)
  • Develop charter to confirm decision-making and how input will be used
  • Develop work plan to address range of issues with check-in points to continue
  • Transparency

Facilitated Process Pathway

The Core Stakeholder Group develops proposals to vet broadly with constituents and in public workshops, then incorporates feedback.

Ad Hoc Committees when needed to develop Detailed Proposals for Stakeholder Group

  • Projects
  • Engagement to develop outreach materials

  • Key Elements

  • Use people’s time wisely
  • Ongoing work punctuated by public input
  • Create widespread support and understanding