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February 2011
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Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Update

The comprehensive state and federal plan to address the ongoing water system/ecosystem crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has reached a crucial phase in planning and decision-making. If momentum to making these key decisions continues, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will produce a formal draft proposal later this year to place water supply reliability and the Delta environment on paths toward recovery.

"We will need the continued leadership of the state and federal agencies to ensure that BDCP stays on track to meet California's co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration in the Delta," said Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. "Considerable progress has been made. Key upcoming decisions, and the pace of progress, will be essential for Metropolitan and other participating water districts to commit to billions of dollars in water system investments that are envisioned by the emerging BDCP."

News Events

New Legislative Sessions Begin
Every two years, the federal and state governments begin new legislative sessions, and elected officials introduce legislation that may impact water delivery service Metropolitan provides the nearly 19 million people that it serves. January 2011 marked the beginning of two-year sessions for both Congress and the State Legislature.


Member Agency Highlights

What's New in Glendale: Chromium 6 Removal Research

While the presence of chromium 6 in drinking water throughout Los Angeles County was making the evening news in the year 2000, Glendale started up the Glendale Operable Unit (GOU), a treatment facility that was part of the EPA Superfund to clean up the San Fernando Groundwater Basin from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The public was concerned because trace amounts of chromium 6 were present in the groundwater and after a year of public debate, expert testimony, and studies of various alternatives, a self-imposed chromium 6 limit of 5 parts per billion (ppb) allowed the GOU to continue to operate.


Metropolitan At Work

Water Supply Shutdown Notice - March 18 to 27, 2011

Residents and businesses in Los Angeles County foothill communities from La Crescenta to Claremont are being asked to reduce their water use from March 18 to 27 while a regional water treatment plant is upgraded.  During the shutdown, water will be in short supply.  Please do your part to make sure there is enough water for everyone.


At A Glance

Spring Green Expo 2011 - Save the Date - May 4, 2011

Join us at the Spring Green Expo 2011 on May 4, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at our headquarters building, adjacent to Union Station, downtown Los Angeles to see green products and services, seminars and more.  Click here if you are a vendor interested in exhibiting at the expo.

Watch last year's Spring Green Expo video.

Come to Solar Cup 2011 - May 13-15, 2011 at Lake Skinner - Open to the Public

Nearly 700 students from 42 highs schools in six Southern California counties will participate in Metropolitan Water District's Solar Cup 2011, the nation's largest solar-powered boat program. Metropolitan provides hull kits, tool boxes and technical workshops for the teams. Metropolitan's member agencies and local water retailers sponsor the teams to help equip their boats. The seven-month long program provides hands-on lessons in engineering, math, science, renewable resources and environmental education and communication.


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