Pumping fee meeting is June 7

The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold an information meeting on Thursday, June 7. Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed $35-per-acre-foot pumping fee, scheduled to be approved on June 21.

The IWVGA discussed the topic at length during its last meeting. The fee would impact nearly everybody in the valley, perhaps with the exception of single-dwelling private well owners who pump less than two acre feet annually.

According to IWV Water District data, average residential users pump close to .8 acre feet per year, which might result in a monthly fee of $2-3 per month through 2020.

These fees will cover administrative costs of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency through the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

The board hasn’t indicated exactly what the fees will be like when a plan is in place, but members have suggested that they will be much higher than the currently proposed fee.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Inyokern Senior Center, 1247 Broadway Ave. For more information visit iwvga.org.

Story First Published: 2018-06-01