For Release 1/10/02
SBVWCD Celebrates 70th Anniversary
On January 4, 2002, the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District
Board of Directors hosted a celebration luncheon to honor the District's
As D. Burnell Cavender, the General Manager for the District noted,
"The District has continued to serve the people of the San Bernardino
Valley by percolating native water to the Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin.
This is a mission that the District was established to perform, and is
the mission assumed from the tri-county Water Conservation Association
that had been established in 1912 to recharge the Santa Ana River water.
So, in one sense, we have been doing what we do for 90 years."
Over the years the District has assumed additional duties such as the
Big Bear Watermaster. Also, major new construction is planned in the Santa
Ana River spreading grounds to replace basins lost to the pervious borrow
pit for Seven Oaks Dam.
Recently, environmental concerns have caused the District to take a leadership
role in regional planning to assure that lands used for groundwater recharge
continue to be available for that purpose. The District coordinated development
of a land managment plan for the Upper Santa Ana River Wash with 19 local,
state, and federal agencies. The land management plan balances uses
of the wash between water conservation, sand and gravel mining, local
infrastructure, and environmental habitat. A concept plan has been
endorsed by the agencies, and organizing documents for environmental studies
are in development.
As the District looks back at an admirable past, it is clear that the
need for groundwater, mineral resource management, and habitat management
is even more important today and in the future.