Warren Valley Basin Watermaster
Drilling a well in the Warren Valley Water Basin?
The Warren Valley Basin provides a groundwater supply for the community of Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County, California. The average annual natural recharge to the basin is approximately 900 acre-feet per year (AFY). Extractions from the Basin are made by the Hi-Desert Water District (HDWD), Blue Skies Country Club, Institute of Mentalphysics, and 16 individuals for small domestic uses.
Concerned about the prospect of not only continuing but even significantly increasing overdraft, HDWD filed a complaint for adjudication of the groundwater in 1976. In 1977, the Superior Court for the County of San Bernardino issued its judgment for adjudication. In the adjudication, the Court recognized the need to issue groundwater rights in excess of the Basin's safe yield so that the local economy could support the cost of a solution to the overdraft problem. Accordingly, overlying rights to the Basin groundwater were issued to Blue Skies Country Club (585 AFY) and the 16 minimal producers (1 AFY each); appropriative rights were issued to HDWD (896 AFY) and Yucca Water Company (726 AFY); and rights of 80 AFY were issued to the Institute of Mental Physics in the Zone of Transmission between the Warren Valley Basin and the adjacent basin to the east. In 1990, HDWD acquired the Yucca Water Company increasing its allotment to 1,622 AFY. To administer the provisions of the adjudication judgment, the Court appointed HDWD as the Watermaster for the Basin and ordered that the Watermaster develop a physical solution.
Currently the Watermaster Board of Directors consists of 8 members: The 5 members from the HDWD Board of Directors, one non-voting representative from Blue Skies Country Club, one non-voting representative form the Institute of Mentalphysics and one non-voting representative from the 16 minimal producers.
In accordance with the Watermaster's Rules and Regulations, the Watermaster Board meets twice per year at the offices of HDWD located at 55439 29 Palms Hwy. Yucca Valley, CA. 92284.
To find out more about the Warren Valley Basin Watermaster, please contact the Hi-Desert Water District at 760.365.8333 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.