MONROVIA, CA – Today the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) honored 20 San Gabriel Valley students who submitted award-winning entries to our annual “Water is Life” art contest. The art contest helps raise awareness about conservation and educates students about the importance of preserving our most precious resource.
Students are encouraged to express what water means to them and its impact on our lives through artwork. This is the 15th year that Upper District has hosted the “Water is Life” art contest introduced by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). 167 art submissions were received and 33 schools participated this year. Schools within the Upper District boundaries were allowed to participate and submit a maximum of five entries per student category as follows: Kindergarten-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6-8th; and 9th-12th grades.
All eligible art entries were displayed at Upper District’s board room for a week to allow the Board of Directors, staff, and members of the public the opportunity to vote by ballot for their top choices in each student category. The votes determined the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners. Students were awarded certificates of recognition and check prizes at today’s board meeting. They were joined by their family and teachers in celebration for their achievements.
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MONROVIA, CA – Today, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) held a ribbon cutting for two recently installed water bottle fill stations at the California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley, located in Duarte, CA. Upper District partnered with California American Water, the local retailer, to install the two units with the goal of reducing plastic bottle waste and promoting the benefits of drinking from our local water supply.
The Water Bottle Fill Station program was approved by the Board of Directors in June of 2018 as part of its overall outreach program. Keeping with the Board’s strategic goal of promoting watershed awareness and conservation outreach, the pilot program will install 10 water fill stations throughout Upper District’s service area at designated schools, libraries, or community centers. This is the first of ten installed, the second unit at this location was installed in partnership with California American Water.
Upper District’s directors Jennifer Santana and Dr. Anthony Fellow were joined by Mayor Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, Councilmember Liz Reilly and Duarte Unified School Boardmember Ceci Carroll for the ribbon cutting. Students, faculty and administration were in attendance.
“I am excited to unveil the first station in my division and hope that the students will embrace the change of using refillable water bottles and inspire positive behavioral changes that promote water conservation” said Director Jennifer Santana. “I also thank California American Water for partnering with us in providing a second water station for the high school. It has been a great collaboration.”
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“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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