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.
Broome Ranches, Guadalasca Mutual Water Company, Director at Zone Mutual
Friends of the Santa Clara River
United Water Conservation District
The Nature Conservancy
Duda Farm Fresh Foods / OPV Ag Growers Group
Camrosa Water District (Also a GSA)
Pleasant Valley County Water District
City of Ventura
Farm Bureau of Ventura County
Jurgen or Martin Gramckow
Marathon Land & Southland Sod Farms
City of Camarillo
City of Oxnard
Terri L. Ferro
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
Issues for Discussion
The facilitated process will grapple with the range of issues necessary to address regional water resources management as well as allocation.
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
Facilitated Process Pathway
The Core Stakeholder Group develops proposals to vet broadly with constituents and in public workshops, then incorporates feedback.