April 25, 2019
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President Signs Colorado Drought Contingency Plan
Lake Mead
Bureau of Reclamation, Photographer: Alexander Stephens

President Donald Trump recently signed Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan legislation, which aims to keep two key reservoirs from falling so low that they cannot reliably deliver water or produce hydropower. Last month the seven Colorado River Basin states agreed to the plan. Metropolitan remains committed to working with Colorado River partners. Read General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger's response to Imperial Irrigation District's legal challenge alleging violations of the California Environmental Quality Act as they relate to the DCP.


New Conservation Area Dedicated to Former Metropolitan General Manager
Pictured (l to r): Metropolitan Director Glen Peterson, Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, Metropolitan Director Randy Record and Metropolitan Chairwoman Gloria Gray

Gloria GrayThe Bureau of Reclamation joined Metropolitan in formally dedicating a 635-acre site in the Palo Verde Valley on April 16 as the Dennis Underwood Conservation area. Underwood was the former Reclamation commissioner and Metropolitan general manager. The area was created through an easement granted by Metropolitan, which owns the land, to Reclamation for the development and management of the habitat in perpetuity. Restoration and planting work has begun and is expected to be completed in 2021. Read the press release.


New Turf Rebate Program Launches

Metropolitan is now offering $2 per square foot for every square foot of grass removed from yards and replaced with sustainable landscaping. Applications for the rebate are available at bewaterwise.com/rebates. Metropolitan also launched a marketing and advertising campaign on radio and billboards throughout its six-county service area. Read the press release.


Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center: Construction Progress

The demonstration facility at the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center will be operational this summer. Watch our construction progress to see how far the project has come since November 2017. Learn more about the Regional Recycled Water Program.


Groundwater Programs Boost Metropolitan's Water Storage Capacity Aqueduct

Metropolitan's Board recently voted in separate actions to approve a new groundwater banking agreement that will allow the district to store up to 280,000 acre-feet of water in the Antelope Valley and to modify a cyclic program that offsets costs for local water agencies that capture surplus water locally. Read the press release.


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