Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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602 E. Huntington Drive, Suite B., Monrovia, CA, 91016 | (626) 443-2297

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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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Gloria D. Gray, a Los Angeles County water official with extensive experience in state, regional and local water issues, was today elected chairwoman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Gray, who has represented West Basin Municipal Water District on the 38-member Metropolitan board since April 2009, will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. She is the first African American to lead the board and only the second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history. She succeeds outgoing Chairman Randy Record, who has led the board since May 2014.

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MONROVIA, CA – The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is planning a day of water conservation fun for families of the San Gabriel Valley.  Waterfest 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Arcadia County Park, located at 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia.

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MONROVIA, CA – On June 19, 2018, 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 Upper District’s annual “Water is Life” art contest.

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MONROVIA, CA – Royall K. Brown, former Board Member for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) has passed away. Director Brown served on the Upper District Board for four years from 1988 to 1992, representing Division 3, which now includes Avocado Heights, Bassett, City of Industry, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, North Whittier, Spy Glass Hill, Valinda and West Covina.

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