“Locally our Groundwater basin remains at record lows, we need to work together to replenish the basin and use water efficiently.” #OneBasinOneSGV
California had a wet November, a moist December, an absolutely drenched January and February, and so far a fairly watery March. Los Angeles exceeded its average annual rainfall a month ago, less than halfway into the “water year” (which runs from October through the following September). The Sierra snowpack is at more than 150% of average. The state is soaked.
So how come the U.S. Drought Monitor waited until Wednesday to declare California drought free for the first time in seven years? Hasn’t he been paying attention? And who is that guy, anyway?
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MONROVIA, CA – Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) launches the region’s first ever Residential Plant Voucher Program to residents within its service area. Keeping with the District’s core value of providing innovative solutions to water conservation, the goal of the program is to incentivize residents to transform their landscapes with drought-tolerant plants and develop water-efficient gardening practices.
As Upper District enters its 60th year of incorporation, the district continues to lead the region in providing creative and unique programs that encourage the public to make conservation a way of life. The Plant Voucher Program will provide up to $250 dollars worth of water efficient plants to qualifying residents. Garden View Nursery, centrally located within Upper District’s area of service in the City of Irwindale, was selected for its wide selection of native plants and trees.
“We are excited to offer this first-of-its-kind program that we hope will motivate our residents to incorporate more water-efficient practices when gardening. Outdoor water use accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water use every day across the United States. Going drought tolerant doesn’t mean the landscape can’t look vibrant while also saving water,” said President Ed Chavez, Upper District Board of Directors.
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MONROVIA, CA – The Board of Directors of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) awarded 16 education grants totaling $14,642 to K-12th grade classrooms within the Upper District service area under the 2018/2019 Water Education Grant Program (WEGP).
Historically, Upper District’s Education Grant Program provides funding of up to $1,000 for educators to help implement water projects and programs into their classroom curriculum. Any K-12th grade educator that teaches at a licensed school within Upper District’s boundaries is eligible to apply for a grant. As a qualifying standard, submitted projects must focus on water-related subjects that further students’ understanding of environmental issues, water sustainability, and the vital role water plays within our region and the State of California.
Since introduced in 2004, this program has provided over 128 grants totaling over $103,000 in funding. As a direct result over the years, teachers from 56 schools have implemented innovative and creative projects into their curriculum impacting over 13,000 students. Projects have varied from examining drought and its effects on our water supply to applying a trans-disciplinary approach to studying water solutions and the importance of water conservation.
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