The State of California has passed legislation known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) for the purpose of monitoring and regulating the use of groundwater. They will identify the sources of groundwater and impose fees to help conserve it. The Department of Water Resources has established a program to implement the SGMA by requiring the formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA).
The County of Los Angeles has formed GSAs for the areas of Leona Valley, Lake Hughes, and Acton. These areas are considered fringe basins as they are on the edge of the Antelope Valley Basin. That major basin was the subject of a lengthy adjudication process which resulted in the formation of a Water Board which will monitor the use of groundwater in the Antelope Valley.
The County proposes to submit a request to the State to designate the fringe basins as low priority. This could eliminate the need for monitoring and consequent fees.