Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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Metropolitan Water District is making it easier for Southern Californians to ditch their lawns and get up to $10,000 in rebates with new, engaging videos featuring step-by-step guides to removing grass and laying the groundwork for beautiful and more sustainable yards.

The animated videos, four to six minutes each, outline three ways to remove lawns – solarization, sheet mulching and sod removal. Residents can choose a method based on their grass type and the length of time and tools needed to perform the work. Many lawns can be removed by fall, the optimal season to plant a California native garden.

The videos are the latest resources in a suite of tools available at bewaterwise.com to help residents and businesses in Metropolitan’s 5,200-square-mile service area tap into its $2-per-square-foot turf replacement rebate. The content in the lawn removal videos also is available in easy-to-follow and print PDF format.

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LAKE SKINNER, Calif.— After a rain-filled final day of racing, Metropolitan Water District’s 17th annual Solar Cup concluded today with students from Cypress-based Oxford Academy and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village claiming the top awards.

The schools were among 40 teams representing five counties within Metropolitan’s 5,200 square-mile service area, including campuses in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Solar Cup is the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition in which students build, equip and race 16-foot, single-seat boats powered only by the sun.

“It’s a pretty spectacular experience to see the students out on the lake working together to solve problems in real time,” said Metropolitan External Affairs Group Manager Sue Sims. “There’s really nothing like this program out there that allows high school students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering, while also teaching them the value of California’s natural resources. Congratulations to all of our teams.”

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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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San Gabriel Valley Water Company (“San Gabriel”) is excited to announce a new source of water for the City of South El Monte that will further improve the area’s drought resiliency. The Project involves delivering millions of gallons of low cost, sustainable recycled water to 14 sites in the City of South El Monte. The 14 sites include the South El Monte Civic Center, County Library, Senior Center, Community Center, Mary Van Dyke Park, Dean Shively Middle School and adjacent park, New Temple Elementary School and adjacent park along with 5 other nearby sites.

The recycled water will irrigate turf and landscape areas that are currently using over 23 million gallons of precious drinking water – that’s enough water to serve 145 homes each year. Delivery of recycled water supports the City of South El Monte and San Gabriel’s efforts to identify and implement environmentally friendly programs for the benefit of residents and the greater community at a cost which is lower than the cost of drinking water.

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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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MONROVIA, CA – The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) marked history yesterday with the swearing-in of Directors Anthony R. Fellow, Ph.D., and Jennifer Santana.  Director Fellow will become the longest serving board member in Upper District history, serving 27 years since first elected in 1991. Upon her election, Director Santana, is the first female director to serve on the Board of Directors.

In celebration of the occasion, local elected officials, legislative representatives, and water community members were among the guests who attended this momentous ceremony. Representatives on behalf of State Senator Susan Rubio, Assemblymember Ed Chau, Assemblymember Blanca Rubio and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis presented certificates of recognition, as well as Mayor Andre Quintero of the City of El Monte and Mayor Pro Tem April Verlato of the City of Arcadia.

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MONROVIA, CA –Anthony R. Fellow, Ph.D., who currently serves as the Director of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District), Division 1, was recently declared the winner by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The uncontested seat for Division 1 will allow incumbent Fellow to serve his 8th consecutive term and make him the longest serving board member in Upper District’s history.  First elected to the Board in 1990, Fellow has served 27 years and has an extensive knowledge on local, state and federal water policy issues. He represents Division 1 which includes the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury, Temple City and parts of Azusa and El Monte.

Throughout his tenure, Fellow has been a tenacious proponent for drought-proof projects and a more sustainable Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin. He has explored and introduced new avenues to secure reliable water supplies in the region, encouraged groundwater storage and recycled water projects, and has encouraged ambitious conservation programs.

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