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.
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.
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.
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.
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.