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Related News Archive: 2011


“This project has been a long time coming”, said Dan Ferons, Chief Engineer for the SMWD, who has been a driving force in leading the planning, environmental permitting, land acquisition, ultimate design, and construction of the project, dating back to 1989.  “Because South Orange County is almost entirely dependent on imported drinking water to meet daily needs, new domestic water reserves like the Upper Chiquita Reservoir are needed to ensure sufficient storage in the event of a supply disruption.” More »

June Luncheon Event

We were honored to have Phil, who presented in 2005, return to share with us the latest on this 176 square miles watershed as last winter’s storms showed just how unpredictable Mother Nature can be.  Phil began with some interesting facts on this unique watershed and history that dates back to the 1600’s. Beginning in the Cleveland National Forest, the waters of Trabuco Creek Confluence with San Juan Creek and outlets at Doheny Beach with a time of concentration of 3 hrs 14 min according to the 100-yr study by PACE.  The colorful history of the watershed includes wine, celebrities, a clothesline, and a bear during various times. More »

The State Water Project with MWD’s Randal Neudeck

Southern California receives its raw water from basically three different sources-the Delta where water is moved across it through the State Water Project aqueduct, the Colorado River, and from local groundwater replenishment.  The hub of California’s water is the Bay-Delta where Southern California receives thirty-percent of its water source.  Randall Neudeck, the Bay-Delta Imported Water Supply Program Manager for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, was the guest speaker at our April luncheon. He represents MWD on water quality, water supply and environmental issues related to Southern California's imported water supply from the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed. More »

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