Helping Nature Store Our Water

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Annual engineering investigation and report on groundwater conditions.

Wash Plan

A Habitat Conservation Plan covering local infrastructure, expanded water conservation and mining, and trails in the Santa Ana River Wash.

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Latest News

Water Year Storage Totals Higher than Normal, Despite a Dry Year

San Bernardino Valley experienced a good year for groundwater storage, despite a relatively dry period in 2019-20, the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District announced today. Above-average levels of water were recharged into local groundwater basins this past year, while precipitation levels in the mountains and valley were about 25% below average for the same period. Totals for the 2019-20 water year, which runs annually from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, reflect groundwater replenishment levels in the top 15% of more than a century of water years, with a total of 30,894 acre feet, or 10 billion gallons, recharged underground. That’s enough water to serve about 227,700 people in the region for one year. Recharge totals reflect the amount of snowmelt, rainfall, and imported water captured by the District into holding ponds so it can percolate naturally through silt and sand into the groundwater basin, where it is stored for future use. SBVWCD General Manager Daniel Cozad attributes the success of this water year to the ongoing benefits of the San Bernardino Valley Groundwater Council, a group of cities and water agencies working together to achieve optimum levels of water storage in the San Bernardino and Bunker Hill groundwater basins. “This year, we are definitely seeing benefits from the collaboration of the Groundwater Council,” Cozad said. “It’s because of them that were able to make a relatively dry year into a good groundwater recharge year.” Cooperation with San Bernardino County Flood Control District who operates Seven Oaks Dam on the Santa Ana River also added to this year’s totals, he said. This year’s higher-than-normal Water Year totals come on the heels of a 32-year record for groundwater storage: Nearly 23 billion gallons of water was recharged underground in the 2018-19 water year, thanks to the work of the Groundwater Council and very high precipitation that year. Significant recharge levels were also achieved in the two prior water years. The San Bernardino Valley Groundwater Council is a model for what can happen when agencies work together for a common good. Member agencies pitch in their fair share of water for recharge or contribute money for the purchase of imported water to maximize water storage in the San Bernardino and Bunker Hill groundwater basins. Participation in the council is open to all groundwater producers in the San Bernardino Basin Area. Current members include the cities of Colton, Loma Linda, and Rialto; Bear Valley Mutual Water Company, East Valley Water District, Fontana Union Water Company, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, West Valley Water District, Yucaipa Valley Water District; and Loma Linda University.

Helping Nature Store Our Water

For more than a century, we have cultivated our relationship to the community, to one another, and to the land itself. We are stewards of the San Bernardino Valley water basin and the native species of the wash above it.

Water that would otherwise flow to the ocean is diverted and recharged by us for use in the long hot summers and during droughts. We also help manage the Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin with the Cities, Districts, and Agencies in the upper-watershed: in partnership we store and bring ample high-quality water for all uses.

We take a fiscally prudent, pragmatic approach towards fulfilling our mission so that the water supply and the environment it depends upon will be forever protected and available for the community’s use.


Manual Colunga, SBVWCD Field Supervisor and winner of CALPERs Spotlight on Excellence Award

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