Helping Nature Store Our Water


Plans to establish public trails in the Santa Ana River Wash continue to move forward, with the Redlands City Council recently providing a letter of support for the San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department Santa Ana River Trail Expansion Project to establish a 7.5-mile trail along the former Santa Fe rail bed.

Read more: Redlands provides letter of support for regional trails project

Slender-horned spineflower seeds collected last month by the California Botanic Garden are being cleaned and counted for use in seed bulking – meaning they will be grown in a controlled nursery setting to allow for the harvesting of even more seeds, without jeopardizing habitat.

Read more: Spineflower seeds are processed for planting in fall

SBVWCD Windland Trails

Many thanks to Redlands Conservancy, who teamed up with us to take more than 45 people on a walking tour of portions of the Wash not currently open to the public. Attendees learned about the local environment and the District's work with water recharge. In this photo, a group listens to a presentation on the cactus wren, given by SBVWCD Land Resources Manager Milan Mitrovich, Ph.D.

Read more: Plan for wildland trails in the Wash continues to move forward

SBVWCD kangaroo rat

Ongoing monitoring and protection of native, threatened and endangered species within the Wash is an important part of the work done at the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District.

Read more: Fieldwork for kangaroo rat, spineflower species completed

Friends, colleagues and community partners gathered at the Cuttle Weir on May 11 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District and to recognize former General Manager Daniel Cozad, who has retired. It was a night also to celebrate the issuing of the District's first annual Scrappy Award, which recognized San Bernardino County Department of Public Works Flood Supervisor Brian Kloepfer for the value of his helpful, creative, and high-impact contributions to the Upper Santa Ana River Wash.

 Cozad and Scrappy

Retiring General Manager Daniel Cozad presents the first inaugural Scrappy Award at the gala.

gala tents

The event has held at the Cuttle Weir at sunset.

gala bbq

Texas barbecue was served.

gala mingling

Board President Melody McDonald (right) talks with guests.

gala miller vixie and cozad

Newly appointed General Manager Betsy Miller Vixie and retired General Manager Daniel Cozad.