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Baja Sustainability Plan

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)

  • Groundwater levels have been declining as much as one to two feet  in many areas, as seen in  Figure 5.13 of the study produced by Todd Engineers in cooperation with Mojave Water Agency, released in February 2013
  • Sand dune migration due to decreased vegetation in the riverbed and fallowed land is an alarming concern
  • Rampdown of free production allowance of groundwater, established by the Judgement during the adjudication process, has become a difficult burden to the residents and businesses in the community

The Goal
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.

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