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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Community Vital Signs completes Summer of Engagement

community vital signsCommunity Vital Signs completed its Summer of Engagement, holding more than 23 regional and community-based meetings in July and August. More than 1,000 stakeholders participated from all sectors of the community, including local businesses, education, planning and transportation, health/human services, public safety, elected officials, and community and faith-based organizations.  “We brought together wonderful people and organizations working to improve health in our communities to discuss and develop effective strategies to meet our shared goals,” said Janice Rutherford, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Community Vital Signs is a community partnership with county government to assess and address the health of the county in support of the Countywide Vision Project.

Vision group reveals progress in long-range plans for County’s water supply

waterelementONTARIO – The Countywide Vision Water Element Group today presented progress made toward a comprehensive water management plan that ensures sustainable water supplies in the County for future population and economic growth at the 7th Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference.

The plan aims to enhance the County’s water portfolio through greater conservation efforts; investment in improved infrastructure for local, imported and recycled water supplies; and environmental stewardship.

The Water Element Group is comprised of public and private water agencies, regulators, planners, educators and business people who are working together on solutions to a potential imbalance between population growth and water supply.

The group has determined that the County has enough water to supply residents, business and agricultural needs through 2035 if there is a commitment from the community to invest in capital projects and programs to store new water supplies, protect current water supplies and increase conservation efforts.

At today’s conference, County Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux said the work the group has done so far is crucial to determining how and where to invest in future growth. In the past, water resources and infrastructure were not always a part of planning and developing projects.

“If we conserve our water and if we invest our resources and infrastructure differently, we have enough water to support our future growth,” Devereaux said.

The Water Element Group is developing two documents: a countywide inventory of water conservation programs and a countywide inventory that identifies land to protect for water recharge projects.

The group will evaluate the impact of water use efficiency programs to identify and promote best practices before publishing the water conservation programs inventory online.

In the next few months, the County and the San Bernardino Associated Governments will assist the Water Element Group by holding discussions with business, residents and land use planning agencies to review the need for water conservation, landscaping ordinances and the protection of land for stormwater and imported water recharge sites.

For more information about what the Water Element Group is doing, read the

Executive Summary and view the presentation at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

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