Helping Nature Store Our Water


Santa Ana River

The San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District is working closely with the Bureau of Land Management to complete the exchange of land necessary as a part of theWash Plansigned into law by the President last year.  A Chain of Title and environmental review have been prepared and a Mineral Potential Report completed. An appraisal of the land should be completed in three to six months. The land exchange will allow the District to expand sensitive habitat areas and water storage capabilities, while establishing degraded land for mining operations that provide $36 million in payroll annually to the region. Read More


Shrub encroachment on slopes can increase the amount of water that goes into groundwater storage, a new U.C. Riverside study has found. The effect of shrubs is so powerful that it even counterbalances the lower annual rainfall amounts expected as a result of climate change.  Read More

Santa Ana River

The Upper Santa Ana Wash Habitat Conservation Plan and Final EIS/SEIR will be published Friday in the Federal Register, signifying a major step toward implementation. The 4,500-acreWash Planwas developed over many years by a local Wash Plan Task Force made up of the cities of Highland and Redlands; the SBVWCD, East Valley Water District, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District; CEMEX, Robertson’s Ready Mix; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It represents a unique collaboration between government, business and environmental interests to expand sensitive habitat areas and water storage, while establishing appropriate areas for mining operations that provide essential construction aggregate and jobs to the region. Read More

Kangaroo Rat

The District's plans to expand habitat for the endangered San Bernardino kangaroo rat will require permits and some relocation and monitoring of the species by experienced biologists familiar with the wide-eyed rodent.  Biologist Mikael Romich has been working with the District to establish a program that will enable the SBKR to thrive in its new environment once necessary state and federal permits are secured and the plan is put into action. Read More