Upper District Assists Sunny Slope in
Cleaning Raymond Basin Wells
Monrovia, CA –Upper District was present at Sunny Slope Water Company’s ribbon cutting on their new liquid-phase granular activated carbon (LGAC) system that will treat the 1,2,3-TCP contaminants in Raymond Basin Wells #11 and #12.
In 2009 Sunny Slope Water Company (SSWC) was trying very hard to treat and remove contaminants in the water so they could fully produce their water rights allotment within the Raymond Groundwater Basin. The main contaminant detected was the 1,2,3-TCP (trichloropropane) along with other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) specifically TCE (trichloroethylene) and PCE (carbon tetrachloride) in Wells 11 and 12. more info here...
San Gabriel, Calif. – The San Gabriel Valley Water Association, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority held an event to thank and honor Assemblymember Mike Eng (D-Alhambra) for his many years of dedicated service and outstanding representation of the water sector.
“I am honored to receive this recognition as water issues are particularly important in a relatively arid state with a large population,” said Assemblymember Eng. “As the representative of a district that sits atop the largest Superfund site in the country, it is vital that we continue to make progress on protecting this most precious of resources.”
Over the course of his tenure, Assemblymember Eng has taken a particular interest in water issues and has brought over $100 million to the San Gabriel Valley for water cleanup projects and was a member of the Assembly working group on water. He was previously awarded the “Golden Pump” by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. He recently authored Assembly Bill 685, commonly referred to as the Human Right to Water bill, which was signed into law last month.
The San Gabriel Valley Water Association is a nonprofit public benefit corporation founded in 1955 that plays an active role in the management and protection of the Valley's water resources. The Association was instrumental in the creation of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.
Water Supply Challenges, Opportunities and Rising Water Rates: Key Topics at Inaugural San Gabriel Valley Water Forum
On August 28, over 300 city officials, educators, students, business leaders and water managers attended the San Gabriel Valley’s first annual Water Forum held at the Pomona Fairplex. The Water Forum was hosted by five partner agencies including the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster and the Water Quality Authority. The purpose of the WaterForum was to begin an annual dialogue with Valley stakeholders about the challenges facing the long-term sustainable reliability and quality of the San Gabriel Valley’s water supply and how those challenges are being addressed and what it will mean for future water rates. A series of speakers and expert panels discussed the history of water supply development and policy, the various water supply options including reuse, conservation, stormwater capture, and groundwater management; rising water rates and their cause; long-term plans for developing a balanced portfolio of reliable and affordable water supplies for the Valley and risks like climate change, increasingly stringent drinking water quality standards, the rising cost of energy; and the importance of community and stakeholder input and understanding. more info here...
Upper District Awards Duarte High School
$100,000 for Turf Removal Project
Upper District Board President Bryan Urias and Board Vice President Anthony Fellow presented a $100,000 check to the Duarte Unified School District Board of Education to assist in funding the removal of the natural turf and installing synthetic turf on the Duarte High School football field. The presentation took place at a joint meeting with the Duarte City Council on Thursday, August 23, 2012.
Replacing the existing irrigated turf with synthetic turf will conserve nearly 2.9 million gallons of drinking water and reduce maintenance costs. It will also reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that will lead to a reduction in nitrates and chemical pollution that percolate into the groundwater basin as well as eliminate the need for powered lawnmowers on the field, reducing air and noise pollution.
“We at the Upper District recognize that turf removal and replacement projects are expensive endeavors. Our $100,000 contribution goes a long way in assisting Duarte Unified School District to fund this project,” said Board President Urias. “It helps fill the gap in financing and it also provides long term savings in ongoing maintenance expenditures. And for the region, it saves millions of gallons of drinking water and it improves our environment.”
Board Vice President Tony Fellows added, “This is a win-win project. The students win, the environment wins and the school wins. I am happy to be a part of this great project.”
Rookies From South El Monte’s TESLA Club
Captures 1st Place Awards at 2012 Solar Cup
MONROVIA, CA – Upper District sponsored South El Monte High School’s TESLA Club emerged as the winners of several rookie categories and took first place overall in the Rookie Division of the Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) 2012 Solar Cup competition held over three days (May 18-20, 2012) at MWD’s Lake Skinner in the Temecula Valley. South El Monte High School’s TESLA Club
(Technology, Engineering, Science and
7th overall out of 39 teams and in the 10 year history of
the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. more info here...
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