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For Release 1/10/02

Selected Historic District Milestones

Dec 1931

Election to form SBVWCD

Jan 4, 1932

District approved by County Supervisors

Jan 19, 1932

First meeting of Board of Directors

1935

District enlarged to include Mill Creek

Assumed responsibilities of East Lugonia Mutual Water Co.

1937

Horace Hinckley first full time employee

1941

Property accepted from Water Conservation Association

1942

Irvine Judgment limited water spreading

1944

District sued City of Riverside for excessive exports

1953

District participates in committee to form SBVMWD

1953

Discussed City of San Bernardino proposal to develop a recreational lake at 7th and Waterman, to be fed by artesian wells.

1954

Resolution to support membership in MET

1955

Aggregate lease with Tri-City Rock

1957

District files suit against exporters
(Stipulated settlement in May 1959, except Riverside and Colton)

1962

Oppose SBVMWD application to appropriate, store, and manage groundwater

1963

OCWD files suit against 2000 defendants
(Stipulated settlement in April 1969)

1976

Agreement to form the “Exchange Plan”

1977

Big Bear Judgment--Watermaster Formed

1978

Proposition 13 approved

1979

Aggregate lease with C.L. Pharris

1980

Opposed SBVMWD legislation for “Production tax”

1981

Opposed to location of Mentone Dam

1982-1985

Interruptions to spreading at request of City of San Bernardino

1984

SBVMWD forms High Ground Water Task Force

1985

High Ground Water Task Force disbanded; Upper Santa Ana Water Resources Association formed

1986

Sued by City of San Bernardino
(Settled in 1991)

1988

Santa Ana Woollystar listed as endangered

1989

Seven Oaks Dam (SOD) approved

1994

Land Condemnation for SOD settled

1996

Supplemental DEIS for SOD conservation pool
(Still not approved)

1998

San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat listed as endangered

1998

Land Condemnation by MET
(Settled in 2001)

1999

Opposed SBVMWD petition on fully appropriated stream designation

2000

Wash Concept Plan approved by Cities, County, BLM, and District

2001

District’s application for water rights on Santa Ana River and Mill Creek