John Mathews To Facilitate Workshop

November 24, 2009

The Oxnard Plain Users Group, commonly referred to as OPUG, has set a meeting for its third workshop on December 8th at 1:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Camarillo Library, 4104 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. John Mathews will serve as the facilitator for OPUG.

OPUG was established by the United Water Conservation District, the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, and the Pleasant Valley County Water District to address groundwater issues on the Oxnard Plain, and to discuss possibilities of developing new water sources.

At the last OPUG meeting, stakeholders discussed alternatives and options for addressing the groundwater overdraft issues facing the Oxnard Plain. The stakeholders considered 12 potential options, including expanded utilization of recycled water, construction of groundwater injection wells, and expansion of additional surface water delivery facilities into the southeast Oxnard Plain. Each of the options was presented and discussed among the approximately 70 stakeholders in attendance.

This OPUG meeting will outline potential costs, including capital outlays for each of the 12 options, and the hope is that, after the stakeholders review the cost parameters for each option, the options can be narrowed down to 3 or 4. The group will then spend additional time and effort on the feasibility of each option, including such things as regulatory, environmental and intergovernmental issues, which can be detailed and then presented at a following OPUG meeting.

Watch this spot for more information about future OPUG meetings.