The Baja Subarea is located in the Western Mojave Desert, in an area defined when the Mojave Basin was adjudicated pursuant to a lawsuit filed May 30, 1990 by the City of Barstow and Southern California Water Company. Baja is one of five separate hydrologic Subareas identified in the adjudication, and is found in the north-easterly region of the adjudicated areas. (Map)
Current water use in Baja is placing hydrologic stress in groundwater supplies
Calculations in the 2011-12 Water Budget, based on the difference of inflows (natural inflow and water imports) and outflows (natural, agricultural use, urban use, phreatophytes) indicates a net annual deficit in groundwater of approximately 9,000 acre-feet (Table 5-2 Mojave Basin Area Watermaster Annual Report)
The goal of this plan begins with a concerted effort of all partners working collaboratively to identify and address the common and unique issues of the area. These partners include the community, local, state, and federal agencies. With a perspective to the challenges of economic, political and environmental impacts, the participating members must determine which options are most viable for promoting a local vision and solving problems.
Tools for Meeting the Goal
Facilitate broad understanding, cooperation and agreement among participants
Identify current water use and a future vision
Assess possible solutions based on scientifc-based decision making
Implement and track project performance responsibly
A thriving community is dependent on identifying the solutions locally, implementing the plan locally, and keeping the mission and vision of the plan fortified for long-term success.