Environment

A Success Story

Substantial gains have been made to divert stormwater and urban runoff in the Santa Ana River Watershed into recharge basins where it can be used to replenish the groundwater. This runoff, which used to flow to the ocean, is being captured and treated by a consortium of public entities including the County of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino County Flood Control District and 16 cities within the county. For example, in 2014, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency documented the capture of 8,166 acre-feet of stormwater and dry weather urban runoff flows and 10,977 acre-feet of recycled water. This represents an increase of 11% since 2012, evidence of the collaborative efforts to capture this precious resource even in drought years.