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SGMA Local Meeting-April 18
Apr 8th, 2017
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Local Meeting: April 18, 2017, 6:30 at Acton Community Center, 3748 Nickels Ave, Acton, CA Officials from State and Los Angeles County will provide objectives and actions required to comply with the SGMA. AB-1739, SB-1319, and SB-1168 signed in 2014 as a 3 bill package to set up a framework for sustainable local groundwater management. read more

COMMUNITY MEETING TO Protect Water and Private Property Rights: March 2, 2017
Feb 4th, 2017
COMMUNITY MEETING: Protecting Water and Private Property Rights: SB1263 Prohibiting Hauled Water for New Construction presented by Pacific Legal Foundation March 2, 2017: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at High Desert Middle School, 3620 Antelope Woods Rd., Acton, CA On September 30, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB1263 prohibiting the use of hauled water for new residential construction. That bill infringes on property rights by limiting property owners ability to build on land relying on hauled water, ultimately rendering their land worthless. This bill will prohibit construction of single family homes where it is not possible to connect to a nearby water system and where access to groundwater is cost-prohibitive or impossible. Pacific Legal Foundation is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of defending and promoting individual and economic freedom in the courts. Attorneys from Pacific Legal Foundation will be on hand to discuss their proposed lawsuit and how it relates to properties in Agua Dulce and Acton. This meeting is open to the public. Please attend to find out how this may affect your property. read more

December 14th Meeting is "No Business" Holiday Celebration and Fundraiser
Dec 8th, 2016
Our December meeting will be a "No Business" meeting. Instead we are having a Holiday Celebration and Fundraiser. The time and location are different! The location is the Acton-Agua Dulce Library at 33792 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510. We will have a short Administrative meeting starting at 5:30 pm followed by the Holiday Party. Tickets are $7 for pre-purchase, $10 at the door. Tickets include dinner featuring Taylor's Sourdough Bread Bowls with Chili and Clam Chowder, dessert, and beverage. For more information, contact: Troy at (818) 854-0031. read more

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WATER STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Don Henry: Chair  
 
On February 23, the Agua Dulce Town Council and the Acton Town Council hosted a community water meeting for discussion of Los Angeles County Department of Environmental Health's recent policies concerning private well regulations. The main topics of discussion were: · Well Yield Requirements · Well Water Treatment Devices · Hauled Water  
 
Don Henry, Agua Dulce Town Council Water Committee Chair and Jacki Ayer, Acton Town Council Utilities Chair put together some detailed background and requirements concerning private wells and their maintenance.  
 
Jacki's presentation included the background of the well ordinances and policies. Click HERE to see Jacki's presentation.
 
Don's presentation consisted of the "mechanics" and costs associated with the policies Click HERE to see Don's presentation.
 
Representatives from Pacific Legal Foundation, the oldest and most successful public-interest legal organization that litigates for property rights, limited government, free enterprise and a balanced approach to environmental regulation, in courts across the country then provided some options, feasible remedies and/or solutions to our current situation.  
 
The meeting was intended to accommodate a free expression of the public's point of view to determine what additional action may be recommended. We as Council's can only take the community's recommended actions and be their representative to Los Angeles County or whatever agency is involved.  
 
The consensus from that meeting indicated the local communities wanted the Town Councils to begin the process of having the policies and regulations reevaluated by the Board of Supervisors and to take into account the consequences those policies and regulations have on private property owners.  
 
The end result of the meeting was two letters sent to Supervisor Antonovich. The first letter from Pacific Legal Foundation summarized their presentation and pointed out that the economic impact of the regulations may violate the Fifth Amendment's guarantee against the uncompensated taking of private property for public use. The letter also states the regulations may effect an unconstitutional taking when the owner is denied all economic viable use of his propertyby virture of restrictive land use regulation and is entitled to just compensation. Click HERE to see the letter from Pacific Legal Foundation.
 
The second letter came from the Association of Rural Town Councils (ARTC) to Supervisor Antonovich. The Agua Dulce Town Council and Acton Town Council (members of the ARTC) approached the ARTC to solicit the support of the entire association. The letter listed the specific concerns and consequences of the regulations and outlined a resolution that implements a stakeholder process that re-evaluates the regulations and requests supporting documents. It also recommends the establishment of an "Environmental Health Division Oversight Board." The letter received support from the entire ARTC member Councils and include the following participating Town Councils: Acton Town Council, Agua Dulce Town Council, Antelope Acres Town Council, Green Valley Town Council, Juniper Hills Town Council, Lake Los Angeles Town Council, Lakes Town Council, Leona Valley Town Council, Littlerock Town Council, Quartz Hill Town Council, Roosevelt Rural Town Council, Sun Village Town Council, and Three Points/Liebre Mountain Town Council. The ARTC serves the area bounded by the San Bernardino County line to the east, Kern County to the north, the Santa Clarita Valley border to the south, and the area east of the Golden State Freeway on the west. We represent the great majority of the combined unincorporated north county population that totals approximately 88,000. Click HERE to see the letter from the Association of Rural Town Councils.
 
Additionally, Assemblywoman Audra Strickland has introduced AB1041 which will prohibit a city and/or county from regulating a private water system with 4 or fewer service connections. Click HERE to go to Assemblywoman Strickland's website.
 
We appreciate all of the community input and participation in this process and will keep you updated on any response and/or proposed re-evaluation of the regulations.