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A Quick Update about Water Conservation Efforts and Activities

June 2018

Spring Brings Flowers to the Wash

The delicate beauty of the wash is revealed in spring blossoms, many of them rare and endangered. Each year for the past five years, the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District surveys the wash after the final rains for the one of region's most elusive and endangered species: the slender-horned spine flower (left). In photo at right, a honey bee gathers pollen from a budding cactus bloom. By tracking and recording our native species, we can determine the success of our conservation and rehabilitation efforts.

Wash Plan Facing Vote in Senate

Legislation that would help to preserve environmental, economic and community interests in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash area received a markup hearing and passed the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. This followed successful votes in the House and various legislative committees. Another bill, HR 497, passed in the House and now awaits bundling into a larger bill to gain approval in the full Senate. Both bills reflect years of collaboration among various interests to re-examine land use in the area and to designate specific uses for environmental habitat and protection, mining, and community interests such as trails.
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The Santa Ana Watershed Selfie Competition provides a great opportunity to see and learn more about this natural treasure, and to submit your photo for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Explore the Watershed and Enter to Win $200 in Selfie Competition

San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District is sponsoring the Santa Ana Watershed Protection Agency's "Sign Search & Selfies" competition. Late last year, more than 60 educational signs were placed within the watershed to help raise awareness about water resources, groundwater recharge, pollution issues and more. Residents have the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card by submitting photos of themselves in front of one of the watershed signs. Deadline to participate is Sept. 2. For more information, visit


NASA Satellites Track California's Steady Loss of Groundwater

The Earth's wet regions are getting wetter, and dry ones, like California, are getting drier, according to a first-of-its-kind study that used NASA satellites to track 14 years of change in how water is moving around the globe.
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Fires Restore Wetlands for Desert Fish

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Spring at the Main Canal

The District has been working to identify and connect historic channels to Plunge Creek to recharge the aquifer within the wash. Shown here is a rush of water in spring at the Main Canal, the result of snowmelt in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains.

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