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This month commemorates the 50th anniversary of a momentous water rights and management agreement between four water agencies in the Santa Ana River Watershed, which was made possible thanks to two 1969 court judgements for the water rights of the Santa Ana River. “These two judgements have had a positive and lasting effect for all residents in the Santa Ana River Watershed,” said SAWPA’s General Manager Richard Haller. “Communities in the watershed… Read More

Despite its humble beginnings, the historic Old Big Bear Valley Dam still exists today. Originally pieced together with rock from surrounding hillsides and a single granite arch, the dam was created to provide water for agriculture farming in the area.   Its historical significance to the region tells a story of strength, economic growth and water in the upper Santa Ana River Watershed. A VALLEY OF BEARS In the late 1800s, there wasn’t… Read More

A watershed is defined as an area of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. However, an easier way to think of a watershed is by picturing it as all the land where rainfall that lands drains off of and into other streams of waters. According to the USGS Water Science School, “You’re standing, and everyone is standing, in a watershed. Watersheds can be as small as a… Read More

Desalination or the process of “desalting” removes minerals and salts from either ocean water or “brackish” water. The term “brackish” is used to identify water that has high concentrations of nitrates (saline) and total dissolved solids (TDS), however it is not as salty as ocean water. Ocean water has approximately 35,000 mg/l of TDS, while brackish water can range from 1,000 to 10,000 mg/l of TDS. Total dissolved solids are both inorganic… Read More