The Agency was created primarily to satisfy the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
In September 2014. the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (“SGMA”) was signed into law. The legislative intent of SGMA is to, among other goals, provide for
sustainable management of alluvial groundwater basins and Basins defined by the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”), to enhance local management of groundwater, to establish minimum standards for sustainable groundwater management, and to provide specified local agencies with the Agency and the technical and financial assistance necessary to sustainably manage groundwater.
The Bear Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (“Agency”) is a “local agency” comprised of the Big Bear City Community Services District (BBCCSD), the City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power (BBLDWP or DWP), the Big Bear Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) and the Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD), each a Member with water management responsibilities within the Bear Valley Groundwater Basin (the Basin). The boundaries of the Agency overlie the Basin, which is not adjudicated.
In September 2017, the BBCCSD, BBMWD, BBARWA and BBLDWP entered into a joint powers agreement to form the Agency. The Agency was created primarily to satisfy the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
The Agency is governed by one representative from BBCCSD, one representative from
BBARWA, one elected representative from BBMWD and one appointed commissioner from DWP.