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Index to Area Offices
Brief Description of the FSP

FY1998
Field Services Program

Meena Westford or Steve Kasower

The Setting

Water Supply and Quality

Growth Prospects

Reclamation Leadership

Field Assistance

SCAO FSP Plan 1998

 

 

The Setting

The Southern California Area Office (SCAO) is located in Temecula, California. It encompasses all of Southern California within the Lower Colorado Region excluding the Colorado River, Imperial Valley, and Coachella Valley.

Southern California has the seventh largest economy in the world with a 1994 Gross Regional Product of $800 Billion. Situated in a desert climate without enough fresh water locally to support the population and economy, the region has been dependent on imported water from Northern California, the Eastern Sierra, and the Colorado River for most of the Twentieth Century.

Despite the southern area being so urbanized, about one-third of the land is publicly owned. Urban land use accounts for about 1,700,000 acres and irrigated cropland accounts for 288,000 acres, a 6:1 ratio. The largest amount of irrigated agriculture is in Ventura County.

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Water Supply and Quality

Approximately 67 percent of the region's water supply comes from surface water imports. The remaining portion is supplied by ground water (25 percent) and to a lesser extent by local surface water (six percent) and reclaimed water (two percent). There are numerous ground water basins along the coast and inland valleys of the region. However, the basins near the coast often have troubles with sea water intrusion as well as other ground water quality concerns such as TDS, nitrates, PCE, sulfates, pesticide contamination, selenium, and leaking fuel storage tanks.

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Growth Prospects

Urban and environmental water needs continue to grow. The projected population for California by the year 2020 is 49 million people. The projected population increase in San Diego County alone is 11 million additional people by the year 2010, which equates to four new cities each the size of present metropolitan San Diego.

Environmental constraints, and population growth in neighboring states increasingly utilizing their Colorado River water rights, have both reduced Southern California's dependable supply of imported water. With the urban sprawl which traditionally accompanied abundant water already slowing down, water conservation will play an increasingly important role in ensuring reliability and reducing the adverse economic impacts of utilizing a finite fresh water supply. Increasingly, the most cost effective "new" source of water will be the implementation of water efficient practices.

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Reclamation In A Leadership Role

The SCAO has developed a Water Conservation Plan (WCP) which is actively committed to solicting public input and coordinating with other stakeholders and water agencies in order to ascertain local needs. SCAO has provided over 3.65 million dollars to the Metropolitan Water District, California's largest water distributor, to help support through outreach programs a variety of water conservation projects, including the community-based ultra-low flush (ULF) toilet replacement program.

The WCP funds mobile laboratories that assist in assessing and developing new ways to improve efficiency within the participating districts. Each year, the mobile units perform water audits by checking water pressures and various irrigation lines, and assist growers by recommending water efficient drip and sprinkler methods.

The SCAO has joined in partnership with Helix Water District, Otay Water District, and other water agencies in the construction of a water conservation garden and learning center which will help educate the public, homeowners, green industry professionals, community planners, and building industry professionals as to the benefits and savings of installing and maintaining water efficient landscapes. This project will demonstrate the application of xeriscape methods that can reduce landscape water consumption by 50 percent.

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Field Assistance

The WCP's primary goal is to provide direct field assistance to districts for effective water management planning and implementation, as well as provide cost-sharing incentives to local districts for the planning, demonstration, and implementation of effective measures. It is committed to providing technical assistance to participating agencies for developing adequate water conservation plans.

The SCAO believes that the WCP is a key instrument in facilitating the water conservation and efficiency improvements which are essential to maintaining a thriving Southern California economy.

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Southern California Area Office
Field Services Program Plan

Program Activities

PRIO /CAT

GOALS

MEASURES

DUE
DATE

WHO

COST

FTE

RESULTS


1.
H-TA

Save 1% of the Colorado River water going to MWD

SJRCD - Irrigation Water Management Mobile Laboratory to improve efficiency of irrigation systems within San Jacinto Valley.

* 15 system eval.
* public workshop
* credit USBR
* report annually

12/98

USBR

EMWD

CADWR

$15,000

$55,000

$30,000

0.10

400 af saved
@$37.50/af

will verify in annual report


2.
H-TA

Save 1% of the Colorado River water going to MWD

MRCD - Irrigation Water Management Mobile Laboratory to improve efficiency of irrigation systems within San Diego County.

* 15 system eval.
* public workshop
* credit USBR
* report annually

12/98

USBR

SDCWA

CADWR

$15,000

$75,000

$25,000

0.1

400 af saved
@$37.50/af

will verify in annual report



3.
H-TA

Save 1% of the Colorado River water going to MWD

RCRCD - Irrigation Water Management Mobile Laboratory to improve efficiency of irrigation systems within Riverside County.

* 15 system eval.
* public workshop
* credit USBR
* report annually

12/98

USBR

CADWR

$15,000

$15,000

0.1

400 af saved
@$37.50/af

will verify in annual report


4.
H-TA

Assess water conservation needs

MWD Water Conservation Plan - Work with MWD and 5 subagencies to fulfill the California Water Conservation MOU.

9/98

USBR

MWD

Sub-Agcy

$40,000

 

0.50

1000 af saved
5000 people engaged

verify by report


5.
H-TA

 

Expert-Americorp program: 6000 ULF toilets and low-flow plumbing devices in low income areas of LA.

9/98

USBR

MWD

W&CBMWD

AM-CORP

$350,000

$350,000

$100,000

$275,000

0.10

2700 af saved @ $398/af or $179/toilet

5000 people engaged

verify by report


6.
H-FA

Audit and rank Federal sites in So. CA to determine water savings opportunities

FLUSHR Program - audit of federal site useage to tag best savings potential


10/99

USBR

GSA

MWD

LocalAgcy

$50,000

1.00

Audit and prepare 1 to 5 sites for retrofitting

verified by counts and bills


7.
H-TA

Annual report of water consservation programs to be completed

Assist MWD by funding accounting contractor for Bureau moneys. Ensures timely and accurate documentation of implemented water conservation programs.

12/98

USBR

$25,000

0.5

Annual Report


8.
H-FA

Installation of Xeriscape Garden

OWD - Provide financial assistance for garden that will focus on cost-effective, labor reducing, water efficient, environmentally sound landscapes.

12/98

USBR

Otay WD

$25,000

 

0.20

1000 viewers per month

verify by pub participation & attendance rosters


9.
H-TA

Public Awareness: provide water conservation info to thousands through Internet

Establish a home page with water conservation information and tips on how to design and develop a water efficient langscape

9/98

USBR

$3,000

0.10

1000 accesses to home page. Easy access to water conservation info


10.
H-TA


MWD partnership to encourage and fund innovative urban water conservation projects.

12/98

USBR

MWD

SubAgncy

$400,000

$400,000

$40,000

0.10

30,000 af saved per year



11.
H-TA

Establish Partnerships

CUWCC - Partnership to encourage implementation of BMPs and help local agencies dev. action plans.

12/98

USBR

CUWCC

DWR

$20,000

0.025

will verify in annual report


12.
H-TA
Develop and distribute a handbook to commercial and home landscape contractors Assist commercial and home landscape contractors in undersanding how state and lcal water issues affect businesses, how to achieve water and resorce efficient landscapes andhow to market and sell this service to customers. 12/98

USBR

USBR-MP

$15,000

$15,000

0.10 Contact and educate local landscape contractors

 

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