MIUGSA Fee Study



The Merced Irrigation-Urban Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MIUGSA) developed a fee structure to fund the regulatory activities of the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), GSAs have the authority to collect fees to fund the costs of its regulatory activities including preparation, adoption, and amendment of a groundwater sustainability plan, and investigations, inspections, compliance assistance, enforcement, and program administration, including a prudent reserve. The goal of SGMA is to ensure groundwater sustainability and accessibility for future generations.


MIUGSA has contracted a firm that has experience establishing fee structure options for GSAs. The firm is working to determine a fee structure that meets the following goals:

  • Establish a fair fee structure that the GSA governing board can adopt.
  • Secure a fee structure adopted with maximum buy-in from interested parties and community-at-large.
  • Establish a fee structure that will allow the GSA to effectively manage the Merced Groundwater Basin in accordance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.


Video Summaries

MIUGSA recorded brief summary videos addressing how the proposed fee will affect residential urban, non-residential urban, and agricultural parcels within its boundaries. The videos can be found at: http://miugsa.org/index.cfm/feestudy/videos/. This link also includes recordings of a public workshop, and the public hearing.

Join the Conversation!

MIUGSA wants the community to be involved! Join the electronic mailing list to receive updates and stay informed about upcoming public workshops, and ways to provide input. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up for the mailing list here to stay receive up to date information on MIUGSA's activities. For questions, please email feestudy@miugsa.org.

Interactive Map

An interactive map is available at the following link: MIUGSA Fee Study - Interactive Map