Water Summit Addresses High Desert's Future Growth Needs

The Mojave Water Agency held a Water Summit on November 8, with the theme: Mixing Water and High Desert Economic Development: Is Opportunity Knocking?

Sustainable water supply is an issue that must be addressed if the area is to continue growing. Topics included water quality (chlorate/chromium), the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, conservation, ancient plants as landscaping opportunity, and economic factors for growth.

Panel discussions featured Scott Weldy of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, Kriby Brill and Lance Eckhart from MWA, Ryan Orr from the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, City of Hesperia’s Mike Podegracz and Jonathan Weldy from Meridian Land Development.

Speakers were Robin Kobaly from SummerTree Institute, Jordan Levine of Beacon Economics, Stephen ARakawa of Metropolitan Water Company of Southern California, and Gary Lynch from Park Water Company, and former dierctor of the American Water Works Association.

Lots of facts were presented, including use of recycled water for irrigation (that purple pipe you see used at schools, parks, golf courses, and roadway greenbelts), and how using native plants saves time and money on upkeep and water. Also, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a program approved in 1960, is finally being implemented 50 years later. It will protect 57 species of fish, birds and animals, and restore 145,000 acres of habitat. It consists of 3 intakes, 2 tunnels, 30 miles in length, and 9,000 cubic feet per second capacity. The project is necessary to protect the Delta from a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake, a 63% chance in the next 30 years.

Interested in water? Attend the ABC’s of Water on January 28. Contact Gloria at MWA for more information at (760) 946-7001.

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