Small Spill Near East Boat Ramp

Big Bear, Ca, September 22, 2011, 12:00pm – If you have been over to the East Boat Ramp on the Northshore of Big Bear Lake recently you may have noticed signs urging swimmers to stay out of the water.  Early Tuesday morning, east boat ramp workers showed up at 7:00am to open up the ramp, and noticed some sewage was leaking near the building, and some had gone in the water.  The Big Bear Area Wastewater Agency immediately responded and found a small leak in a pipe at the boat ramp.  By 7:30am the leak had been contained and fixed.  According to Joe Hanford, BBARWA Plant Superintendent, the leak was estimated to be 100 gallons of sewage that went into the lake.  While that may seem like a lot to you, Scott Heule at the MWD told KBHR that this amount is actually very small when you look at the size of the lake.  An acre foot is 325,000 gallons, and currently there are 70,000 acre feet, meaning there is 22,750,000,000 gallons of water in the lake, which means the 100 gallon spill was very insignificant.  Hanford told KBHR that the only problem with the spill is that it happened in a small bay, which means the spill was contained, however yesterdays water samples show that the water in the bay is already cleaning up, and by tomorrow that...

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BBARWA Employees Give To Big Bear Schools

Big Bear, Ca, August 25, 1:00pm – The Big Bear area Wastewater Agency met on August 24th for their regularly scheduled meeting.  At the meeting BBARWA employees presented Bear Valley Unified School District Superintendent Kurt Madden with a check for $525 that went towards helping students in need.  The money was spent in the following ways. At Chatauqua High School, money was used for health services for a student whose family doesn’t have insurance.  At Baldwin Lane Elementary, the school was able to purchase clothes and toiletries for a student living in a tent. Big Bear Elementary gave a gift card to a student whose family is struggling, North Shore Elementary bought clothing for students, Big Bear High School put the money into the principal’s fund for needy students, which goes towards physicals, tetanus shots, shoes, glasses, and yearbooks,  And Big Bear Middle School bought backpacks for needy students.  BBARWA employees won the money in this year’s Old Miner’s Outhouse Races, making this their second consecutive year of winning the outhouse races, and donating their prize winnings back to the schools.  In a letter to BBARWA, Superintendent Madden thanked the employees stating “Your gift is greatly appreciated and the students and staff will benefit from your thoughtfulness and...

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BBARWA Approves Agreement With Member Agencies

Big Bear, Ca, June 2011, 3:00pm – The Big Bear Area Wastewater Agency board of directors met on June 22nd for their regularly scheduled meeting.  Board members unanimously approved an agreement between BBARWA, Big Bear City Community Services District, the City of Big Bear Lake, and the County of San Bernardino regarding the payment and collection of the total annual charge and standby charge.  In the past, BBARWA has charged its member agencies by flow rate, and the new agreement will have BBARWA charging agencies by flow rate, and by equivalent dwelling unit, which will account for fixed costs, and variable costs.  The July BBARWA meeting has been adjourned, so the next meeting of the board of directors will be in...

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Notice Of Fees To Be Collected

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 9, 2011, 8:00am – A Notice Of Fees To Be Collected on your property tax roll was recently mailed to Big Bear Lake property owners. The courtesy notices are to let you know that there has been a change in the Sewer User Fee for Improved Parcels and the Refuse Fee for Unimproved/Vacant Parcels. The fees are collected on the property tax roll. City Of Big Bear Lake Sewer User Fees for Improved Parcels could be increased up to a maximum of $34.29 annually per average residence, but the rate may be less once finalized because the BBARWA portion of the rate increase has not yet been determined. The Refuse Fee for Unimproved/Vacant Parcels from Big Bear Disposal will increase 61 cents per residence per month. Questions should be directed to the City of Big Bear Lake Finance Department at 866-5831. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30810.mp3|titles=Fees To Be...

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