Helping Nature Store Our Water


SBVWCD Gnatcatcher

The Wash was teeming with life during recent biological survey work done this month as a part of the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan.

Read more: Early survey work shows promise for gnatcatcher, other species

Daniel Cozad

General Manager Daniel Cozad, credited with bringing a new spirit of collaboration among water agencies in the region during his 12 years of leadership with the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, has announced his retirement in May.  Assistant General Manager Betsy Miller will succeed him as the first woman general manager in the District's history.

Read more: Gen. Manager Daniel Cozad set to retire in May

Groundwater matters

Water is precious. That's why we work hard to make sure we capture whatever surface flow we can from winter rain and snowmelt, and hold it in recharge basins so it sinks deep into the ground. Our local Bunker Hill Basin is much like a bank: Regular deposits ensure we are better prepared for hard times. Too many withdrawals without deposits, and you can find yourself running on empty.

Read more: Groundwater matters, and so does the work that we do

SBVWCD Newsletter Species

Surveys are being conducted in the Wash this spring for the endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat and Least Bell's vireo, and the Western spadefoot toad, which is under review for listing as an endangered species.

Read more: Species surveys to set baseline for analysis

Fragile Rat

At first glance, the area looks desolate, hardly a place for a wildlife refuge. But myriad tracks in the soft sand reveal the complex relationships of its native species: kangaroo rats, cactus wrens and an array of predators including great horned owls, coyotes and rattlesnakes.

Read more: Can a fragile rat survive the loopholes in endangered species protections?