The Mission of the San Juan Basin Authority


To develop and maintain a reliable, high quality economical local water supply for the residents in the San Juan Basin by maximizing water use through management of local ground and surface water of San Juan Creek and its tributaries, with due consideration for preservation, enhancement, and conservation of the environment, including, but not limited to, the natural resources, fish and wildlife, infrastructure improvements, and the cultural heritage of the area.




SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY, CA (March 17, 2017) –The San Juan Basin Authority (SJBA) Board of Directors appointed Norris Brandt, of Brandt Water Strategies, as the Authority’s new Administrator.

Brandt has over 30 years of water agency leadership experience that will help him to build on the Authority’s successes, collaborate with other water agencies, organizations, and the community in a holistic watershed management approach.  Some of his past inter-agency watershed efforts included wetland treatment systems for urban runoff, groundwater management and governance, recycled water expansion, and regional stormwater quality programs.

“We have valuable water here in the San Juan Creek watershed.  We look forward to having an Administrator who can focus their attention on expanding our watershed management by working together.  That should lead to more local drinking water and healthier creeks and beaches,” said Betty Olson, San Juan Basin Authority Chairperson.

Brandt is a licensed civil engineer, with a BS in Agricultural Engineering, an MS in Engineering, and an MA in Communications.  The appointment takes effect immediately.

Brandt is being handed the reigns by Dan Ferons, PE, who’s full-time job is General Manager of Santa Margarita Water District.  Ferons has led the San Juan Basin Authority on a part-time basis for several years as the consortium of water agencies has developed forward-thinking plans for collaboratively managing the San Juan Creek groundwater basin and the watershed above it.



The San Juan Basin Authority released a Groundwater Management and Facilities Plan in July 2013 and held public meetings to accept comments in September and November. In November the Board of directors adopted Resolution 2013-11-01; Resolution of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Basin Authority, Intention to Prepare a Groundwater Management Plan Pursuant to Water Code Section 10750, et. Seq. The Authority has released its Final which incorporates and responds to comments received to date from the public and interested parties.

Fall 2015 Storage Analysis of the San Juan Groundwater Basin