Sustainable Water Supply Management Is Primary Goal Of New Agreement

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)- – After nearly ten years of collaboration and planning for projects that promote groundwater supply sustainability in Landers, Johnson Valley, Yucca Valley and Pioneertown, key negotiations between four High Desert water agencies have produced the Ames/Reche Groundwater Storage and Recovery Program and Management Agreement.

The Agreement, approved by Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency (BDVWA), County of San Bernardino Special Districts, Hi-Desert Water District (HDWD) and the Mojave Water Agency (MWA), will better manage the native groundwater supplies of the Ames/Reche basin.  Marina West, General Manager of BDVWA emphasized that, “This is an important milestone for the constituents we serve, today and in the future.  It demonstrates a unified commitment to solving complicated regional issues while focusing on the sustainability of our shared groundwater resource”.

The historic agreement highlights science-based groundwater management strategies with an imported water recharge component to mitigate declining groundwater levels in the basin.  It will also be the framework for cooperation between Hi-Desert Water District and San Bernardino County to develop infrastructure for the transfer of high quality water supplies for the community of Pioneertown and construction of additional storage facilities for Yucca Valley.

Partnerships have been the driving force behind establishing the primary goals of this process – long-term, sustainable water supply management strategies in Division 2 of the Mojave Water Agency service area.  “This much needed water storage facility was made possible through the efforts and partnership of the BDVWA, MWA, HDWD and County Special Districts,” explains Bob Stadum, Director at Hi-Desert Water District.

*The four water agencies involved in the Agreement all have service areas within Division 2 of the Mojave Water Agency, represented by Director Jim Ventura, and are cooperatively working together to sustainably manage limited water resources in over 3,800 square miles of the desert region of southeastern San Bernardino County.

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