Copper at Copper Basin; photo by Romeal Hogan

A weekly newsletter by and for Metropolitan employees
January 16, 2018

A Banner Year for Water Operations

2017 was an historic year for water operations in Southern California thanks to conservation, a record wet winter and our outstanding and hard working employees. 

Learn more in this video  that was presented to Metropolitan's board last week


>>  About 1.2 million acre-feet of water was moved into storage, a new Met record. 

>> Staff maximized State Water Project deliveries on the West and East Branches and expanded operations from Jensen to South Orange County.
>> Nearly 350,000 additional acre-feet of Colorado River supplies were kept in Lake Mead, more than ever before. 

>> Local groundwater programs were expanded to help revitalize the region's  basins. 
>> Diamond Valley Lake went from its lowest level ever (in 2015) to nearly full today. 

>> By building a new gate system on the Colorado River Aqueduct at the Whitewater River, a record amount of water was put into desert groundwater storage accounts.

Thanks to all of Metropolitan's employees who helped reach these major milestones. 

Met's Online Library of Photographs 

Did you know that Metropolitan has an extensive online photo gallery called the MWD Image Collection?  Although it was launched a few years ago, it's a little-known and underutilized treasure.  

The collection i ncludes about 50,000 images that can be viewed and downloaded by employees. 

To access the files, go to the Intramet. In the left column under Applications, select MWD Image Collection. Once you click on the collection, there's a user guide for first-time users.  

Many of the photos emphasize the history and leadership of our organization, including early construction photos of our facilities and infrastructure systems, along with many of the people, places and events that are an important part of the Metropolitan legacy and California's water story.

Says archivist David Keller , "the next time a co-worker or your boss asks you for a great photograph to include in a PowerPoint, trade journal article or report, check out the MWD Image Collection." 

Sharing His Passion for the Outdoors 

Noah Burke   isn't the first member of his family to work at Metropolitan; his father Bill Burke  is a construction inspector at LaVerne. But Noah is blazing his own trails as an Electrical Apprentice for the Diemer Plant Electrical Team and as an outdoor guide. At Met, his career is being guided by some of the best journeymen in the business, but out in the wild, Noah is the one guiding. That's because he has his own business, "Wilderness Trio"and in his time off, guides hikers in the outdoors.
"It started after my best friend and I hiked 218 miles on the John Muir Trail," says Noah. "We had this running joke that we could start a company doing what we love!" Wilderness Trio launched in November 2016. Started as a guide and hiking company, it has expanded with an online rental service and a full-scale adventure brand. " We want it to grow into something full-time, but for now I love that I can work at Met during the week and enjoy the outdoors on weekends," Noah said. 
Trekking through the last year of his apprenticeship program, Noah will graduate as a Journeyman Electrician this fall.  He is also planning to earn a bachelor's degree in Wilderness Leadership. As a self-described jack-of-all-trades, Noah is always looking for the next adventure!    
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