Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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May 20, 2016



MONROVIA, CA – On May 13-15, 2016, roughly 700 students from 38 high school teams across Southern California competed in the 14th Annual Solar Cup™ Competition hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is one of MWD’s twenty-six member agencies that sponsored the participation of three high school teams from the district.  Upper District’s 2016 Solar Cup™ participants included teams from Arcadia High School, Mountain View High School (El Monte), and West Covina High School.  After seven months of preparation, boat building, and hands-on learning about solar energy, engineering, and water conservation, these three teams joined other southland high schools to compete in sprint and endurance races at MWD’s Lake Skinner in southwest Riverside County’s Temecula Valley.

“We are very proud of all three teams that competed in this year’s Solar Cup.  They displayed such dedication and sportsmanship throughout the year, and truly represented the San Gabriel Valley in the best of way,” stated Upper District Board President, Bryan Urias, Division 5.

In addition to points earned in the races, teams can earn points from technical inspections, completion of technical reports and creation of a public service message project. These messages focus on water conservation in the form of a 60-second, self-scripted and produced, conservation video or social media campaign under the theme, “Conservation Rain or Shine.”

Among Upper District’s sponsored teams, awards were given to:

– Arcadia High School: Public Service Announcement – 1st Place Veteran Region, Foothill

– Mountain View High School: Solar Endurance – 2nd Place Veteran Region, Foothill

– West Covina High School: Hottest-Looking Boat – 1st Place Veteran, Overall

Solar Cup is a school-year-long program in which the participating students build, equip and race a 16-foot long, single-seated canoe, which is powered only by the sun. The Solar Cup program is a team-oriented educational-based competition which allows students to apply their skills learned within the classroom: math, physics, engineering and communications; and implement them in a real world setting by constructing and operating a solar-powered canoe.  The Solar Cup program couples this by teaching the students about Southern California’s water supplies, resource management, conservation and alternative energy development.

Since its start in 2002, more than 10,000 students have participated in Solar Cup, some of whom have gone on to pursue to careers in engineering and environmental sciences.

Additional information, such as final scores, and event photos and video footage from this year’s and past Solar Cup events can be found at www.mwdh2o.com/inthecommunity

Download Press Release: Press Release – 2016 Solar Cup – 5.19.16

January 15, 2016



MONROVIA, CA – At the first board meeting for 2016, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) Board of Directors elected Bryan Urias to serve as the 2016 Board President. Director Anthony Fellow, Ph.D., was elected to continue serving as Vice President and Director Michael Touhey was elected as Board Secretary/Treasurer.

Referencing the year ahead, Director Urias stated, “I greatly appreciate my fellow board members’ support and confidence in me to serve as President this year. I look forward to working with them to ensure that a reliable, affordable, and sustainable water supply continues to flow into the San Gabriel Valley long into the future.”

Director Urias first served as President of the Board in 2012, and then as Secretary/Treasurer from 2013-2015. He currently also serves as the Chair of Upper District’s Administration & Finance Committee, and is the board’s representative to the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority and the San Gabriel Valley Water Association.  Director Urias represents Division 5 which includes all, or parts of, Baldwin Park, Duarte, El Monte, and Irwindale.

First elected in 1991, Dr. Fellow is currently serving his seventh term on Upper District’s Board of Directors and his second consecutive year as the Board’s Vice President.  Dr. Fellow will continue representing Upper District at the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, and the New Water Supply Coalition.  Most recently, Dr. Fellow was appointed as a member of the Association of California Water Agencies’ Federal Affairs Committee and chairs Upper District’s Government Affairs & Community Outreach Committee.  Dr. Fellow represents Division 1 which includes all, or parts of, Arcadia, Bradbury, El Monte, Monrovia, Rosemead, and Temple City.

Director Michael Touhey was elected to Upper District in November 2012 and is Upper District’s appointed representative on the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors, where he serves as Vice Chair.  Director Touhey was recently elected as the 2016-17 Region 8 Chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). Director Touhey additionally serves as the chair of Upper District’s Water Policy Committee and represents Division 4 which includes all, or parts of, Azusa, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, and West Covina.

As the outgoing Board President, Director Touhey stated, “I want to extend my appreciation to the Board for their commitment to developing sound policies and implementing programs that helped us address the impacts of this unprecedented drought. I look forward to my new responsibilities representing Upper District as the Association of California Water Agencies Region 8 Chair.”

Director Charles M. Treviño is currently serving his second term of office on Upper District’s Board of Directors. He is an educator, long-time community leader and retired water sector professional.  Director Treviño currently represents Upper District on ACWA’s Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, and the San Gabriel Valley Protective Association.  He is also a member of Upper District’s Water Policy Committee.  Director Treviño represents Division 2 which includes all, or parts of, Arcadia, Rosemead, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, South San Gabriel, and Temple City.

Director Ed Chavez is also serving his second term on Upper District’s Board of Directors.  Director Chavez, an educator, is a former Board Member of the Bassett Unified School District, Mayor and Councilmember of the City of La Puente, and three-term member of the California State Assembly representing the 57th District.  Director Chavez currently serves as a member of Upper District’s Government Affairs & Community Outreach Committee. Director Chavez represents Division 3 which includes all, or parts of, Avocado Heights, City of Industry, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, and South El Monte.

Upper District’s mission is to provide a reliable, sustainable, diversified and affordable portfolio of high quality water supplies to the San Gabriel Valley; including water conservation, recycled water, storm water capture, storage, water transfers and imported water.  Upper District services nearly one million people in its 144 square mile service territory. Governed by a five member elected board of directors, Upper District is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Annually, more than 78 billion gallons of water is used in Upper District’s service area.  For more information about Upper District, please visit our website www.upperdistrict.org or call 626-443-2297.


Download: PRESS RELEASE – 2016 Upper District Board Reorganization 1.15.16