IWVGA still seeks applicants

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved two members for its Policy Advisory Committee last week – representatives from Meadowbrook Farms and Mojave Pistachio – but the authority is still seeking more applicants. The IWVGA was officially approved by the state as a groundwater sustainability agency to oversee the IWV earlier this year.

Currently the PAC application, available on Kern County’s Water Resources webpage, includes categories for large ag, small ag, business interests, domestic well owners and wholesalers/industrial users. But IWVGA Chair and Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason has encouraged any and all interested stakeholders to apply.

During a public workshop meeting last week, some members of the public argued for more varied and specific categories for applicants, but the board decided that the categories should remain “somewhat vague” until they have a better idea of who the applicants are.

PAC members will “represent the interests of both the basin and the category of water user for their appointment,” reads the application.

The PAC’s main responsibility will be to make policy recommendations to the IWVGA board based on information PAC receives from the to-be-formed Technical Advisory Committee. Chairing the TAC will be a water resources manager, who will facilitate communication among the committees and the board.

Committee meetings will be held once a month and will be open to the public.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by May 11.

The next meeting of the IWVGA is Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Story First Published: 2017-05-05