The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed into California law in fall of 2014 and took effect in January 2015. SGMA requires that state-designated medium and high-priority basins and sub-basins must form a groundwater sustainability agency and develop a long-term GSP. In Kern County, the designated basins/sub-basins are Indian Wells Valley Sub-basin, Kern County Sub-basin, and Cuyama Valley Basin. These basins must comply with SGMA.
Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan (IWVGSP) Homepage Created by Stetson Engineers
California Statewide Groundwater Elevation Monitoring (CASGEM)
CASGEM mandates a statewide groundwater elevation monitoring program to track seasonal and long term trends in priority groundwater basins in California.
CASGEM status designation in Kern County:
Cuyama Valley groundwater basin - partially monitored
Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin - fully monitored
Kern County groundwater sub-basin - partially monitored
Mutual Wells Information
Quite a bit of information pertaining to Mutual Wells, such as permitting and water quality, plus who to contact with any questions, can be found on the below links:
State Water Resources Control Board
State regulates “public water systems” defined as ≥15 connections or serves at least 25 individuals at least 60 days per year.
Kern County – Small Water Systems Program
Kern County Environmental Health regulates “small public and non-public water systems”. Public systems are defined as 5-14 connections and non-public as 2-4 connections.
If a water system has questions about what they should be monitoring for or what money is available, they should contact their State or County regulator. Also, the California Rural Water Association (www.calruralwater.org) offers a lot of assistance, including technical and training, to small water systems.
Board Members & Staff
Chairman Ron Kicinski - Indian Wells Valley Water District
Vice-chair Mick Gleason - Kern County
Director Matt Kingsley - Inyo County
Director Scott Hayman - City of Ridgecrest
Director Robert Lovingood - San Bernardino County
Commander Peter Benson - Department of the Navy* DoD Liaison
Ryan Klausch - Bureau of Land Management (BLM)*
(*Indicates non-voting members)
Don Zdeba - Acting General Manager
Steve Johnson - Water Resources Manager
James Worth - Board Counsel
Lauren Duffy - Clerk of the Board
If you have any questions or concerns related to sustainability groundwater in the Indian Wells Valley area, contact:
Don Zdeba - IWVGA Acting General Manager
Lauren Duffy - IWVGA Clerk of the Board of Directors