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August 2009

Keep up with important water issues by reading timely articles on water quality and supply issues, member agency news and more.

Legislature Pursues Historic Delta Package
The Metropolitan Water District is actively engaged in discussions before the California Legislature on a package of bills that addresses the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as well as statewide water management. The Metropolitan Board’s Communications and Legislation Committee reviewed the extensive proposals at its August 18 meeting. That afternoon in Sacramento, Metropolitan Assistant General Manager Roger Patterson testified on behalf of the district at a joint hearing of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

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News Events
Sacramento – San Joaquin Bay Delta…Resolving a Crisis
Learn more about the challenges facing California’s water supply and the legislative proposals that are under review now.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a planning and environmental permitting process to restore habitat for Delta fisheries in a way that reliably delivers water supplies to 25 million Californians. Federal and state agencies, environmental organizations, fishery agencies, water agencies, and other organizations are all working together to develop the Plan.

Skinner Solar

Click here to see a brief video about solar power at the Skinner Treatment Plant.

Metropolitan Begins Generating Solar Power
Metropolitan board Chairman Timothy F. Brick flipped a switch signifying activation of a 10-acre field of solar panels at the district’s Robert A. Skinner Water Treatment Plant in the Temecula Valley of southwestern Riverside County. The 1-megawatt solar installation will generate about 2.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean, renewable energy a year, nearly 25 percent of the power used by the plant and equal to the power used by about 250 homes annually. The produced energy will be used directly at the plant, helping to offset nearly 2 million pounds of carbon emissions a year.


Member Agency Highlights
Western Initiatives Address Critical Water Supply Challenges
Water agencies across California face many challenges in 2009. Because of the Governor’s declared drought emergency and State Water Project reductions, Western Municipal Water District is poised to receive about 20 percent of its normal water allocation this spring. Southern California stands to continue losing up to 30 percent of its Northern California supplies in future years. These conditions have come together to form a “perfect storm” which in turn provide opportunities to work with partner agencies to increase water-use efficiency.

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Metropolitan at Work

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