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OBGMA votes to submit water plan to state

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency (OBGMA) has given itself the go-ahead to file its alternative to a groundwater sustainability plan. Meeting in special session Dec. 16, the OBGMA Board of Directors voted 4-1 to submit the report to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
“We've still got a lot to do,” OBGMA Board member Russ Baggerly said after the meeting. “We still have to fill out a complex template for online submission.” 
The report — known variously as the “alternative demonstration,” the “demonstration,” the “alternative plan” or, simply, the “alternative” — was drawn up, as required by law, in keeping with the OBGMA's status as a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA). The OBGMA was among the first such agencies designated by the DWR after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014. At the end of that same year, the OBGMA Board of Directors authorized an ad hoc committee to begin work on a management plan to be submitted to the DWR.

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