ACWA Regions 9 and 10 Present Tour and Program: “Dam Exciting: Accomplishments at Prado – Up and Downstream”

  • by Patrick O'Dowd and Brian Brady
  • Nov 17, 2017
  • Voices on Water

More than 75 ACWA members gathered Oct. 6 for the one-day Region 9 and 10 tour and program titled, “Dam Exciting: Accomplishments at Prado – Up & Downstream.”

The event opened with ACWA Region 9 Chair Patrick O’Dowd welcoming attendees to the City of Corona Circle City Center. Participants then departed to the first stop on the tour, the Orange County Water District Prado Wetlands. There, Orange County Water District Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources Greg Woodside discussed the district’s natural resources management in Padro Basin. Attendees then boarded the buses and headed to the Prado Dam where U.S. Army Corps Engineers, Reservoir Regulation Section Engineering Division, Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch Los Angeles District Chief Van Crisostomo led the tour and discussed Prado Dam water conservation and the efforts to increase stormwater capture at the dam.

After Prado Dam, attendees returned to the Circle City Center for a program that featured an update from ACWA’s Vice President Brent Hastey on ACWA’s 2017 priorities. He discussed issues including ACWA’s efforts related to Bay-Delta flow requirements, long-term conservation, water storage investments, the groundwater replenishment initiative, water rates, disadvantaged community’s drinking water solutions, and ACWA’s Agricultural Initiative.

Following Hastey’s update, the first panel titled “Above the Dam Issues,” was moderated by ACWA Region 9 Board Member James Morales Jr. The discussion featured Western Municipal Water District General Manager John Rossi, Eastern Municipal Water District General Manager Paul Jones, and San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Water Resources Project Manager Heather Dyer. Rossi gave an overview of the Santa Ana River Watermaster and discussed “Perspectives of the Santa Ana River Up and Downstream.” Jones gave a presentation on the Santa Ana River Conservation and Conjunctive Use Program. Dyer discussed the upper the Santa Ana River habitat conservation plan and the challenges of balancing water supply projects with long-term water needs of a riverine ecosystem.

The event concluded with a panel discussion titled, “Orange County and Prado Dam Nexus,” which was moderated by ACWA Region 10 Chair Brian Brady. The panel featured Orange County Water District Biologist Dick Zembal, Orange County Water District Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources Greg Woodside, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Engineer David Van Dorpe. It explored the long-standing partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Orange County Water District in the Prado Basin.

We would like to thank all of the event speakers for their time and informative presentations. Presentations from the event may be found under event materials on ACWA’s website at www.acwa.com.

Region 9 will hold a Region Issue Forum at ACWA’s Fall Conference in Anaheim titled “Connecting the Dots – Salton Sea and Western Water Security.” Regions 9 and 10 also will each hold region membership meetings. We look forward to seeing everyone at conference!

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