Northern California residents, from those living by the Bay to those living on lake houseboats, are coming under threat as a severe drought continues to intensify. Nearly two million people in the San Francisco Bay Area have been placed under a water shortage emergency as the state grapples with worsening drought conditions. Mandatory water restrictions have been issued for Santa Clara County as officials said the move is necessary to combat low water supply.
A provisional part of the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan includes a comprehensive Trail Management Plan that may include as many as a dozen local trails for residents to enjoy. Part of this plan includes the completion of a vital link completing a 110-mile course for the Santa Ana River Trail from the beaches to the mountains. Staff has been working with area partners on the early phases of the plan. There's still a lot of work to do, but once finished, the plan will provide plenty of opportunity for residents to escape and enjoy the beauty of the Wash.
The Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan this month was honored with the Southern California Association of Governments Green Region Initiative award for Resource Conservation and Climate Action, (view the the award video here), and the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association's "Hard Won Victories" award. The project, led by the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, outlines a collaborative strategy to manage water, environmental, economic, and community interests in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash.
As California experiences yet another year of drought, the third driest in history, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District is once again advocating for completion of the required feasibility analysis and environmental permitting so that Seven Oaks Dam can be fully utilized for both flood control and water supply purposes.
The San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians cooperatively steward the cultural native flora of the Wash through a mutual agreement that reflects a shared alliance to preserve the natural environment and traditional uses. Yucca is harvested in spring, and other plants, such as white sage, dog bane, acorn, cactus, pinyon, and juniper berry are also cultivated at various times and locations to celebrate and continue the tribe’s culture, tradition and harmony with the Earth.