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OVGA one step away from adding board seats

By Deb Murphy “Fast paced” and “Owens Valley Groundwater Authority meeting” have never appeared in the same sentence in the year-and-a-half since the Authority was formed. But, Thursday’s session was different, in large part due to the hours of wrangling, discussion and closed sessions that preceded it. The board members approved agreements with entities’ staff […]

 
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OVGA mulls draft budget

By Deb Murphy After skipping its February meeting to figure out staffing, the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority had a chance to mull over its draft budget for this fiscal year. This budget takes into consideration some unknowns when the initial budget was developed prior to the official formation of the Authority. The biggest unknown was […]

 
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Update on Owens Valley Groundwater Authority

By Deb Murphy The scope of the Owens River basin’s sustainability plan became clearer following a presentation by DBS&A’s Tony Martin at last Thursday’s meeting of the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority. The consulting firm’s tasks include compiling data, developing a timeline and stakeholder outreach plan and pulling together ecosystem data. The key, it seems, is […]

 
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OVGA seeks Statements of Interest

News release The Owens Valley Groundwater Authority is currently soliciting Statements of Interest from local individuals, entities or groups interested in participating as an “Interested Party,” which has a voting interest in the OVGA Board. The OVGA was created to comply with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requirement that local agencies sustainably manage groundwater […]

 
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OVGA deals with staff costs, adding seats

By Deb Murphy The Owens Valley Groundwater Authority got a wake-up call at last Thursday’s meeting. Dave Doonan, Tri-Valley Groundwater Management District representative packaged it in a nutshell: “When we ‘direct staff,’ it’s going to cost us money.” Inyo County Water Department Administrative Analyst Laura Piper presented the board with an updated budget report. The […]

 
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Report from OVGA meeting

By Deb Murphy As if Fred Stump didn’t make his position on specific groups joining the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority board as voting members clear enough at last month’s meeting, the Mono County Supervisor doubled down Monday afternoon, objecting on ethical terms. “This is an ethical issue,” he said at the end of a discussion […]

 
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OVGA board comes of age

By Deb Murphy The decision to go high or low was more than a political strategy popularized by Michele Obama. For the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority it represented a total commitment to groundwater sustainability under state regulations. Here’s the deal: the Owens Valley groundwater basin was ranked as a medium priority, requiring the development of […]

 
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OVGA meetings get interesting

By Deb Murphy Owens Valley Groundwater Authority meetings are a little like watching a chess match. Not really adrenaline inducing, but there’s a lot going on between moves. Last Thursday’s meeting is a good example. The question before the 11-member board dealt with the re-prioritization of the Owens Valley basin from medium to high—a new […]

 
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First meeting of OVGA with fully constituted board

By Deb Murphy The fully constituted 11-member board of the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority sort of looks like the early days of a marriage—an arranged marriage in which the partners really don’t know each other or what to expect from the relationship. The Authority held its fifth meeting last Thursday. It took the first four […]

 
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One large step for OVGA

By Deb Murphy The 11 members of the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority committed to their financial contribution for the development of a groundwater sustainability plan. It took three meetings, three hours at Thursday’s session and additional wording added to the paperwork, but it got done. The recent announcement of potential grant funding of $713,000 from […]

 
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OVGA fails to launch

By Deb Murphy This story was supposed to describe a fairly complete picture of what the Owens Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency was going to look like, based on the respective financial commitment and voting power of each of the 11 participating agencies. But the group hedged. Instead of taking the necessary step to become a […]

 
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