Tag: Big Bear Municipal Water District

El Nino, Not Quite The Blockbuster Many Had Hoped For

Big Bear, CA, February 29th, 2016 – After a sunny February, the hopes that El Nino storms would go a long way toward restoring California’s water supplies and correcting the damage done by years of drought are now fading. Instead, the new assumption is that in April, the state government will renew strict rules mandating water conservation in local water districts for another year. “It’s already a less dire situation, given the precipitation we have received so far this winter. But it would have to rain almost every day — storm after storm after storm — in March for there to be no drought rules this summer,” Max Gomberg, a top official with the State Water Resources Control Board. Nevertheless, this dry period isn’t as bad news for the region as it might seem, because the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California gets 30 percent of its water from Northern California via the State Water Project’s 444-mile-long aqueduct. As of Feb. 22, the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which feeds the state water system, was 94 percent of normal. Northern California and the Pacific Northwest have gotten soaked, while Southern California has been left pretty dry (with a few notable exceptions). Many of California’s most populous cities haven’t witnessed an especially remarkable winter to date. This isn’t quite the blockbuster year that many had hoped for (especially in the south). The...

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Election Update: Candidates Added to November Race

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 15, 2014 – The statewide general election is November 4, 2014, and voter information guides will be mailed out the first week of October. The Registrar of Voters updated their records overnight to include additional candidates for the Big Bear Airport District (see full list below). The ballot will include open seats on six local governing boards: the School District, the Airport District, the Healthcare District, the Municipal Water District, the Community Services District and the Big Bear Lake City Council. Some incumbents are running uncontested. Even with the deadline for candidates being extended to August 13th, for example, no challengers filed paperwork for the City Council seats–the first time that’s happened in 20 years. That leaves an uncontested race for incumbents Dave Caretto, Randy Putz and KBHR’s Rick Herrick. City Clerk Cheri Haggerty said the Council will hold a Special Meeting on  August 19 at 4:15 p.m. to decide whether to appoint the three by acclimation or still proceed with an election. The candidates for other boards are as follows (*uncontested race). *Bear Valley Community Healthcare District (2 seats, 4-year term): Gail McCarthy, Sara Russ Bear Valley Unified School District (2 seats, 4-year term): Steve Foulkes, John Goepp, Kenneth Turney Big Bear Airport District, Short-Term: (1 seat, 2-year term): Lynn Wilson, Gary Steube Big Bear Airport District (2 seats, 4-year term): Steven Baker,...

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July 4th Wrap-Up

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 10, 2014 – The lake level is about 9 1/2 feet down this week, and according to the Municipal Water District, the number of boats on the water was down over July 4th, compared to past years. Despite Independence Day falling on a Friday, there were only 349 vessels counted after 3pm. By comparison, there were 996 counted on July 4th in 1996 and 1,000 in 2009. The rest of the 2014 holiday weekend showed the same trend, with 364 boats on Saturday and 322 on Sunday. But the low numbers might have contributed to the good safety record over the three-day period: there were no citations or accidents. Mike Stephenson, Interim General Manager at the MWD through October, said, “As long as no one gets hurt we feel like we had a successful weekend. And if vacationers weren’t making it out to the lake in droves, there were still plenty of them in the valley. Rebecca Hrabia of the Big Bear Visitors Bureau reports that the 800-900 units of available lodging were sold out, and that their website continued its average annual gain of 10%....

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The Ongoing Evolution of Stanfield Marsh

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 – A favorite scenic spot in Big Bear is the Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Habitat that extends east from Stanfield Cutoff. Visitors can park in the southwest corner, stop by the wooden gazebo acting as an informational kiosk, then stroll along the water on the wooden walkway. The wooden walkway has a dual purpose: to encourage pedestrians to avoid the highway, and to provide cover for nesting waterfowl. But waterfowl didn’t always have such a haven. In 1982, the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD) designated the 145 acre Marsh as a wildlife preserve. Today the many beneficiaries of the project include aquatic species, wetland species, winteríng and breeding waterfowl, wintering bald eagles, Osprey and summer resident and potentially nesting pelicans. The best time of day for people to visit the Preserve for wildlife watching is early morning or late afternoon when the ducks and fish are looking for food. The Marsh is separated from the main body of the Lake by the highway bridge, and the water flows back and forth between the two bodies of water through the permeable structure under the bridge and three culvert pipes. Because the Marsh was found to be one of the most manageable sites in the Valley for ecological enhancement, sensitive land acquisition, education, recreation and scenic beauty, a joint project with the Natural...

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Skip Suhay passes away … “We mourn the loss of this dedicated leader”

Big Bear Lake, Ca May 7, 2014 – After his battle with cancer Skip Suhay, business owner and local political leader passes away on May 4th, 2014. This statement was released from the Big Bear Lake Municipal Water District: “It is said that the measure of a great Board member is the value and effectiveness of the policies he or she develops over the course of their tenure. Skip’s contribution is reflected in the guidance the MWD relies on while managing operations on the Lake. From the use of private docks to weed management to conditions for special events his influence has been invaluable time and time again. After serving the District for nearly 16 years his contributions to Lake Management will be sorely missed by the Board and especially the Staff.  His humor even in difficult times was appreciated and enjoyed by everyone in the club. All of us will miss him greatly.  Skip’s Rotary “Service Above Self” was exemplified by his passion in annually ensuring that the July 4th fireworks show was always something the entire valley could proudly brag about. The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake counted on his leadership by electing him Club President twice.” A memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Big Bear at 11 am, Saturday May 10, 2014, followed by his celebration of life at the...

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