Community Input Sought On Water Projects And Programs

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Citizens concerned about water quality, availability of water, or other water issues are urged to attend one of seven public meetings designed to help plan water projects and programs for the region. The first meeting is set for June 4 in Lucerne Valley at 5 p.m. at the Lucerne Valley Senior Center, located at 10431 Allen Way.  Meetings also will be held in Victorville, Piñon Hills, Barstow, Newberry Springs, Helendale, and Yucca Valley (meeting details are listed below).

During the meetings, participants will discuss a variety of water issues including water supplies, water quality, flood management, water rights, water resources, and more.

Public input received from these meetings will be used to update the 2004 Mojave Integrated Regional Water Management (MIRWM) Plan. This plan offers communities new opportunities to plan for water needs for the next decade.

Leading the outreach effort is the Regional Water Management Group comprised of the Mojave Water Agency (MWA), Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District, Morongo Baseline Pipeline Commission, and the Technical Advisory Committee to MWA.

The first integrated plan yielded huge dividends for the High Desert region.  Over the last 10 years, $170 million in local, state, and federal dollars have been invested in local water infrastructure and water supplies.  This included the construction of pipelines and groundwater recharge sites, investment in new water supplies, development of an aggressive water conservation program, and removal of invasive species in the Mojave River.

In addition to the Lucerne Valley meeting, participation opportunities include:

BARSTOW
Wednesday, June 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
Barstow Senior Center
555 Melissa Ave.

VICTORVILLE
Thursday, June 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
Victorville City Hall, Conf. Rm. D
14343 Civic Dr.

NEWBERRY SPRINGS
Saturday, June 8 @ 1:00 p.m.
Newberry Springs Community Center
30884 Newberry Rd.

PINON HILLS
Monday, June 10 @ 6:30 p.m.
Piñon Hills CSD
10433 Mountain Ave.

HELENDALE
Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:30 p.m.
Helendale CSD
26540 Vista Rd., Ste. C

YUCCA VALLEY
Wednesday, June 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Yucca Valley Senior Center
57090 Twentynine  Palms Hwy.

Residents may also choose to participate in the Technical Advisory Committee. The next meeting is set for June 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mojave Water Agency, located at 13846 Conference Center Drive, Apple Valley.

For more information call 760.946.7000 or visit www.mywaterplan.org.

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