(Apple Valley)—Ensuring all residents and stakeholders help plan projects and programs for the region’s future water supply is the aim of a new website called, mywaterplan.com. Developed by the Mojave Water Agency (MWA), the website promotes participation in the update of the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM). The next meeting is set April 4 at 10 a.m. at the Mojave Water Agency Headquarters office, located at 13846 Conference Center Drive, Apple Valley.
Planning for water resource management on a regional basis is critical to providing a long-term, stable, and sustainable supply of water to the High Desert. MWA works with its partners to implement a portfolio of actions identified in the IRWM Plan to provide region-wide water supply stability.
In 2004, the first IRWM Plan was developed by stakeholders and the community at-large resulting in a $170 million capital improvement program that included the following projects: Deep Creek Recharge Outlet; MWA Regional Conservation Program; Oro Grande Wash Recharge Project; Joshua Basin Recharge and Pipeline Project; Invasive Species Removal Program, and R-cubed Project. The region received more than $50 million in state and federal grants to help offset the cost of these projects and programs.
An update will bring the IRWM Plan into compliance with new State laws to meet conditions of Proposition 84 grant agreements, and position the MWA for the next decade by ensuring water sustainability through planning, projects, and programs.
For more information on the Plan, contact Yvonne Hester at (760) 946-7067 or visit the IRWM Plan website at http://mywaterplan.com/.
Serving the public for over 50 years, MWA was created by High Desert voters in July of 1960. The Agency serves approximately 4,900 square miles of the High Desert in San Bernardino County, including the communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Helendale, Hesperia, Joshua Tree, Landers, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs, Victorville, Yermo, and Yucca Valley. MWA is the only water wholesaler in the region and has the ability to import water from the California Aqueduct to ensure a sustainable supply to meet present and future water demands.