After the completion of its Plunge Creek Conservation Project, San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (SBVWCD) recently reported that its efforts to return water flow to historic channels are successfully restoring natural habitat for endangered species and increasing the area’s natural groundwater recharging capabilities.
Much of California is braced for another period of drought as the state experiences another year of record lows in precipitation.
The California Special Districts Association has featured the San Bernardino Basin Groundwater Council as its cover story for the November-December issue.
District staff and consultants have begun monitoring the endangered California gnatcatcher as a part of the fieldwork associated with the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan. Surveys began in March and will continue into May. Staff is also working with the United States Geological Survey to develop an integrated protocol for monitoring the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat as part of the Wash Plan and Plunge Creek conservation projects.
From the growing collaboration of the Groundwater Council, to the long-awaited launch of the Wash Plan and Plunge Creek Conservation Project — 2020 was a success despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19.