Fee Study


The Ukiah Valley Basin GSA was created in 2017 to sustainably manage groundwater locally, as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014. In 2021, the GSA Board of Directors approved a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for the basin which assessed the conditions of the basin, analyzed the basin’s sustainability over a 50-year period, and identified projects and management actions needed to ensure the basin is sustainable by 2042. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) approved the GSP in July 2023.

Up to this point, the GSA has been solely funded by grants and member agency contributions. With the recent approval of the GSP, the GSA is at a turning point and the GSA’s top priority is to develop a funding mechanism that will allow the GSA to become financially self-sufficient. The new funding mechanism will fund GSP implementation, investigative and feasibility studies that advance the understanding of the groundwater basin, annual monitoring and reporting, five-year updates to the GSP, and agency operations.

Main Fee Setting Goals:

  • Establish and secure a fee structure adopted with confidence by the GSA Board of Directors and with maximum buy-in from interested parties, stakeholders, and the community.
  • Provide a fee structure that supports the financial obligations and budget needs of the GSA.
  • Set a fee structure that is economically and easily administered, charged, and collected.

Fee Structure Adoption

On June 18, 2024 the Ukiah Valley Basin GSA adopted a Rate and Fee structure for the upcoming year. A copy of the Fee Study is available for review below. The regulatory fee will be placed on the property tax roll by the Mendocino County Auditor-Controller and will be collected with property taxes. Property owners of parcels that do not receive property tax bills will be direct-billed by the GSA.

Mendo Fever Article announcing Adoption of Ukiah Valley Basin GSA Fee Structure