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September 2012

In This Issue
Water Inventory Announced
Updated IRWMP
GeoCaching with MWA
Turn in Applications
Events
 
Phelan Phamily
Phun Day
 
"Gold Rush!"

Saturday,

September 8

9:00 a.m. start time

 

For more information:

Contact the Phelan Chamber at 760-868-3291.

Lewis Center Festival
of the Arts
 
Saturday,

September 15

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Lewis Center for

Educational Research

Mojave River Campus

17500 Mana Rd

Apple Valley, CA 

 

For more information:

Contact Cheryl @

760-946-5414 ext. 202

ABC's of Water
 
"Preserving Our Desert Environment Preserves Our Desert Water Supply"
 
Tuesday,

September 25

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

 

MWA Boardroom

13846 Conference Center Dr

Apple Valley, CA 

 

 RSVP by September 24

to 760-946-7001 or ggolike@mojavewater.org

 

For more information:

Click to view flier.

Open House
Juniper Riviera
County Water District
 
Saturday,

September 29

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 

25715 Santa Rosa Rd

Apple Valley, CA

(Hwy. 18 east to Milpas, turn right and proceed up hill)

 

For more information:

Call 760-247-9818.

High Desert Opportunity
 
Thursday,

October 18

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

San Bernardino County Fairgrounds

Victorville, CA

 

See link for more information.

MWA Facilities Mini Tour
 
Thursday,

November 8

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(lunch included)

 

MWA Boardroom

13846 Conference Center Dr

Apple Valley, CA

 

RSVP by October 29

to 760-946-7001 or ggolike@mojavewater.org

 

For more information:

Click to view flier.

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Countywide Water Inventory Announced at
2012 San Bernardino County Conference 
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The 6th Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference was held on August 10 and MWA has been participating in this event since year one. While the sponsorship and networking opportunities are important, the primary goal of the conference is to collaborate, cooperate, and prepare to inform the public on what water agencies are doing to ensure a stable and sustainable supply for future generations.

 

Through several years of cooperation between MWA and other water agencies county-wide, a comprehensive water supply inventory like none previously available was unveiled to the approximately 500 participants at this year's conference. This information will help agencies throughout San Bernardino County to coordinate on, invest in, and implement long-term water supply solutions that benefit the region as a whole - not just in separate, often disparate parts.

 

With a large and diverse service area of over 4,900 square miles, the MWA is poised to benefit greatly from the information contained in the inventory. This can be seen through the perspective of the new County-wide Vision which says, "We have the opportunity to improve our region's self-reliance, meeting the needs of our own population... enhancing water management... and conserving natural resources - all leading to a healthy population with a high quality of life". The inventory is an example of how working together across political boundaries is a critical step in sound water management.

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Updated IRWMP Will Lead to High Desert Water Project Priorities of Regional Benefit 
 

Water PlanningSignificant stakeholder involvement and regional water management are the primary reasons that an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) is such a great tool for sound, regional water management planning. When MWA and our partners worked together to complete the 2004 IRWMP, it identified critical projects and management actions that would lead to region-wide water supply and quality benefits. Through local collaborative fiscal planning, extensive grant application to acquire funding support at the state and federal levels, and cross-jurisdictional cooperation, the MWA has implemented those priority projects that are now helping to preserve and sustain our local water supply.

 

Now that the 2004 plan is near the end of its life, it's time to revisit water management priorities in an open and transparent way by including affected stakeholders and water users of all types. Through our Technical Advisory Committee, or TAC, the public forum already exists to provide transparency and public access to this process of developing project and program priorities, and how they will be ultimately carried out in the region.

 

Beginning at the October TAC meeting, the process of updating and developing the new IRWMP will be underway. Water agencies, resource agencies, property owners, and individuals all participate in this important process. The programs and projects have not yet been identified and stakeholder input will be the driver behind their development. Representatives from areas in the High Desert have long-term goals to store, conserve, and/or deliver water to their residents and businesses - the IRWMP is designed to help them do just that. For more information on IRWMPs log onto the Department of Water Resources website at http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm or to see the 2004 IRWMP, check out our website at http://www.mojavewater.org/planning.html.
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GeoCaching with MWA -- Find BeWaterWise
Out in the Desert 
GeoCaching 

Geocaching is a free outdoor scavenger hunt where participants use maps, GPS, and their smart phones to try and locate hidden containers called geocaches. MWA typically uses mapping, GIS, GPS, and other scientific methods in our everyday water management activities to better understand the water conditions of the High Desert. Now we are using these tools as an additional outreach activity to better educate the public on water awareness and conservation - and to have a little fun!

 

Geocachers like to share their outdoor experiences with each other online and even compete to have "first finds" or get to containers that are in areas that are not easily accessible. The geocaches themselves contain items, and the MWA geocache will help whoever finds it to better understand the importance of water conservation in the High Desert - this is why we named the cache "BeWaterWise".

 

If you enjoy the outdoors and geocaching sounds like something of interest to you, log in to the BeWaterWise site at http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC3TT7A  for more information and get outdoors to have some fun; but, don't forget to sign our logbook while you're there!

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Turn in Applications to Your Water District Now for the Cash for Grass Program
Cash for Grass Rebate 

Beautiful desert landscapes are showing up all over the High Desert, and many of these yards have been converted from high water using lawn through the Cash for Grass Program. Over 3,500 homeowners have received a rebate to install desert-smart yards that require less maintenance and definitely less water.

 

Your local water district is now accepting applications again for the Cash for Grass Program. If you have lawn but would prefer using less water outdoors, this program can help. Eligible applicants can receive fifty-cents ($0.50) per square foot of grass that is removed and replaced with desert-smart landscaping.

 

A small lawn will use more water than your entire family for a year! There are many benefits to changing out grass and putting in desert-smart plants:

  • Using less water outside can reduce your water usage by over half
  • Saving water outside conserves more water for families to use inside the home
  • Desert plants grow with less maintenance and fertilization than lawns
  • Watering, mowing, and blowing debris from lawns uses a lot of energy
  • Converting your landscape during cooler months prepares desert-smart plants for success during the hot summer and fall 
Contact your local water district to get started before you remove any grass. Pictures and measurements must be done beforehand to ensure that you are eligible for the rebate of up to $3,000 for homes and $10,000 for businesses. More information on the program requirements can be found at http://www.mojavewater.org/conservation-programs.html or at your local water district office.
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