News Article | May 19, 2017
Austin's 'Notebook' is one of California's most comprehensive sources for water news and information. The blog focuses on major planning processes currently underway, follows statewide policy issues and explains the latest developments in Delta science. "We have the Conservation Framework. Now what?" is the theme of the June 29 symposium. Austin will lend an authoritative voice to conversations about implementing the Governor's Executive Order to make conservation a California way of life and establish a long-term conservation framework, enforcement and equity, water use efficiency targets, and balancing conservation and agriculture. "We are thrilled that Chris Austin, author of the popular Maven's Notebook, has agreed to help moderate the compelling dialogue," said Eunice Ulloa, CBWCD's executive director. "As one of the most relevant voices in California water, Ms. Austin will help make this event one that can't be missed." The inaugural Symposium on Statewide Conservation will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 at CBWCD's Water Conservation Center, 4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair. For more information, log on to CBWCD.org, or contact the District at 909-626-2711. The Chino Basin Water Conservation District is a public agency that protects the Chino Groundwater Basin by the capture and percolation of waters through its network of channels, basins and spreading grounds. Water conservation education is provided to the individuals and organizations within the service area to further promote the efficient use of water resources. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/water-maven-chris-austin-to-lead-discussions-at-local-conservation-symposium-300460926.html
News Article | May 17, 2017
Chino Basin Water Conservation District unveiled its new Inland Valley Garden Planner website (https://inlandvalleygardenplanner.org/) at an evening garden party in the Water Conservation Garden on May 11. The new garden planning website helps Inland Empire gardeners select and learn about the best plants for the region to create the “have-it-all” garden they want. Through stunning photos and an easy-to-navigate site, the Inland Valley Garden Planner offers free and detailed, regionally-specific information for gardeners in the Inland Empire area. Users can create their own profiles, save project lists, and easily save and print information on their selected or custom plant palettes, choosing from a curated list of over 350 plants that thrive in the Inland Empire. “The Inland Empire’s Mediterranean climate gives us so many incredible options for our gardens,” said Scott Kleinrock, CBWCD’s Conservation Programs Manager. “We truly can have it all in our outdoor spaces, with color, comfort, wonderful scents, and habitat for birds and pollinators, year-round, and without needing to water much, if we choose the right plants and put them in the right places.” New visitors to the site who create free accounts before June 30 will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a family membership to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden or gift certificates to the Grow Native Nursery. The site also provides cohesive pre-designed plant palettes and helpful lists for common conditions including slopes and small spaces. “We can have so much more than gravel and cactus or lawns that really don’t do much for us,” Kleinrock said. Developed by landscape architect and author Robert Perry for CBWCD, the Inland Valley Garden Planner reflects his decades of research into the best landscape plants for our region and uses his extensive and inspiring photo archive. “We constantly get questions from community members who want to save water in their landscapes while having beautiful, livable outdoor spaces to enjoy with their family and friends,” says Becky Rittenburg, CBWCD Community Programs Manager. “We launched the Inland Valley Garden Planner to provide Inland Empire homeowners with a free resource to help achieve their garden goals.” CBWCD works to sustain the regional water supply through public stewardship, stormwater percolation, demonstration, and education. Stop by the Water Conservation Center and demonstration garden in Montclair and see firsthand how beautiful, functional, and beneficial water conservation can be. The center is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
News Article | May 12, 2017
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded $23,619,391 to communities in seven states for planning, designing and constructing water recycling and re-use projects; developing feasibility studies; and researching desalination and water recycling projects. The funding is part of the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse program. "This funding provides essential tools for stretching limited water supplies by helping communities reclaim and reuse wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters,” said Secretary Zinke. “These tools are just part of the toolkit for bridging the gap between water supply and demand and thus making water supplies more drought-resistant. In addition to this funding, Reclamation is actively supporting state and local partners in their efforts to boost water storage capacity." Title XVI Authorized Projects are authorized by Congress and receive funding for planning, design and/or construction activities on a project-specific basis. Six projects will receive $20,980,129. They are: ● City of Pasadena Water and Power Department (California), Pasadena Non-Potable Water Project, Phase I, $2,000,000 ● City of San Diego (California), San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, $4,200,000 ● Hi-Desert Water District (California), Hi-Desert District Wastewater Reclamation Project, $4,000,000 ● Inland Empire Utilities Agency (California), Lower Chino Dairy Area Desalination and Reclamation Project, $5,199,536 ● Padre Dam Municipal Water District (California), San Diego Area Water Reclamation Program, $3,900,000 ● Santa Clara Valley Water District (California), South Santa Clara County Recycled Water Project, $1,680,593 Title XVI Feasibility Studies are for entities that would like to develop new water reclamation and reuse feasibility studies. Thirteen projects will receive $1,791,561. They are: ● City of Ada Public Works Authority (Oklahoma), Reuse Feasibility Study for the City of Ada, Oklahoma, $136,193 ● City of Bartlesville (Oklahoma), Feasibility Study to Augment Bartlesville Water Supply with Drought-Resilient Reclaimed Water, $150,000 ● City of Garden City (Kansas), Strategic Plan for Reuse Effluent Water Resources in Garden City, Kansas, and Vicinity, $65,368 ● City of Quincy (Washington), Quincy 1 Water Resource Management Improvement Feasibility Study for Comprehensive Wastewater Reuse and Water Supply Project, $150,000 ● El Paso Water Utilities - Public Services Board (Texas), Aquifer Storage-Recovery with Reclaimed Water to Preserve Hueco Bolson using Enhanced Arroyo Infiltration for Wetlands, and Secondary Reducing Local Power Plant Reclaimed Water Demand, $150,000 ● Kitsap County (Washington), Feasibility Study for a comprehensive water reuse project at the Kitsap County Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plant, $150,000. ● Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (California), Pure Water Project Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, $150,000 ● North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (Texas), Feasibility Study of Energy-Efficient Alternatives for Brackish Groundwater Desalination for the North Alamo Water Supply Corporation, $90,000 ● Oklahoma Water Resources Board (Oklahoma), Feasibility Study of Potential Impacts of Select Alternative Produced Water Management and Reuse Scenarios, $150,000 ● Soquel Creek Water District (California), Pure Water Soquel - Replenishing Mid-County Groundwater with Groundwater with Purified Recycled Water, $150,000 ● Valley Center Municipal Water District (California), Lower Moosa Canyon Wastewater Recycling, Reuse, and sub-regional Brine Disposal Project, $150,000 ● Washoe County (Nevada), Northern Nevada Indirect Potable Reuse Feasibility Study, $150,000 ● Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (Utah), Weber Basin Water Conservancy District Reuse Feasibility Study, $150,000 The Title XVI Program will provide funding for research to establish or expand water reuse markets, improve or expand existing water reuse facilities, and streamline the implementation of clean water technology at new facilities. Four projects will receive $847,701. They are: ● City of San Diego (California), Demonstrating Innovative Control of Biological Fouling of Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membranes and Enhanced Chemical and Energy Efficiency in Potable Water, $300,000 ● City of San Diego (California), Site-Specific Analytical Testing of RO Brine Impacts to the Treatment Process, $48,526 ● Kansas Water Office (Kansas), Pilot Test Project for Produced Water near Hardtner, Kansas, $199,175 ● Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (California), Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Truinfo Demonstration Project, $300,000 Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation. Since 1992, Title XVI funding has been used to provide communities with new sources of clean water, while promoting water and energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. In that time, approximately $672 million in federal funding has been leveraged with non-federal funding to implement more than $3.3 billion in water reuse improvements. To learn more about Title XVI and these awards, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/title.
News Article | November 2, 2016
Chino Basin Water Conservation District is now offering a new certification for professionals interested in advancing their careers by designing, building and maintaining sustainable and water efficient landscapes. The Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP) certification training, taught by CBWCD’s partners from the Green Gardens Group (G3), is targeted toward irrigation, landscape contracting, parks and public works professionals and landscape consultants. G3 designed the certification to build a proficiency in evaluating and retrofitting irrigation systems and incorporating rainwater harvesting features into landscapes. The Watershed Wise Landscape Professional program has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense certification for irrigation system auditing. “With the ongoing drought and increasing constraints on our water supply, there is a huge demand for professionals who can help property owners reduce water use while maintaining attractive, useful, and biodiverse landscapes,” said Drew Ready, CBWCD’s Conservation Program Manager. “This training develops understanding and a skillset that will lead to significant water conservation in the urban landscape.” A certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional or WWLP will be able to evaluate sites and manage landscapes using what is known as the “Watershed Approach.” This means treating each yard, parkway or landscape like a mini-watershed and includes building healthy soil, capturing rainwater, selecting climate-appropriate plants and using highly efficient irrigation only as needed. As part of the course, participants will learn how to conduct an irrigation audit, design a landscape using a water budget, remove turf without chemicals and build a rain garden to capture stormwater. Following completion of the course, participants interested in earning the certification will need to pass the WWLP certification exam, submit a landscape site evaluation and maintain annual continuing education unit (CEU) requirements. “Individuals who earn this certification will play a crucial role in helping to change the climate through landscapes,” said Pamela Berstler, G3 founder. “They’ll gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between plants, soil and water and learn how even small gardens can improve the health of our local ecosystems, all without sacrificing the beauty we expect in our landscapes.” The two-day, 16-hour workshop will next be offered at CBWCD’s Water Conservation Campus in Montclair on Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8, from 8 am to 5 pm each day. The California Dept. of Water Resources and the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Baldy View Chapter contributed funding for this certification as part of their efforts to reduce outdoor water use. The course fee is $150 (a $600 value) and participants can register online. Founded in 1949, Chino Basin Water Conservation District owns and maintains groundwater recharge basins and offers water conservation education, demonstration and training programs through its Water Conservation Campus and demonstration garden. Chino Basin Water Conservation District’s state-of-the-art facility and garden are a hub for community members interested in learning how to conserve water. Every month, the district offers landscape and irrigation workshops – many of them free – for beginners and professionals alike interested in reducing water use and creating sustainable, climate-appropriate outdoor spaces. The district’s workshop and event schedule is available online.
News Article | December 1, 2016
ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwired - December 01, 2016) - The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the Joshua Basin Water District for its innovative outreach program encouraging the public to plant water-saving native plants. The award was presented during the annual ACWA Fall Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, where more than 1,600 local water officials are gathered through Friday for programs and panel discussions on California's critical water issues. Joshua Basin Water District was among six finalists for the award that honors stellar communications and outreach programs developed and run by California water agencies. "Joshua Basin Water District's creative and collaborative campaign to educate the public about the water savings inherent in native plants is a stellar example of the many local programs being offered by water agencies throughout the state to help California survive this multi-year drought," said ACWA President Kathy Tiegs. "The district reached out to partners throughout its community to collaborate on an educational and results-driven program to `Save Water…Grow Native.'" Other finalists for this year's award were: ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 430+ members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com
News Article | October 28, 2016
Inland Empire – Researchers and water conservation specialists from the Chino Basin Water Conservation District and University of California Cooperative Extension have partnered on a study to identify climate-appropriate shade trees that both conserve water and thrive in a hotter and drier Inland Empire. They hope to learn more about which trees are best for the region and its changing climate. In total, the team planted 28 trees alongside the District’s groundwater retention site known as the “Montclair 4 Basin” behind its popular Water Conservation Campus in Montclair. The trees planted for the study include desert museum palo verde, the maverick mesquite, red push pistache, and the bubba desert willow. Frankie Sotomayor, CBWCD Facilities Manager, provided the trees and installation of the irrigation system for the study. “We’ve planted many great low-water trees in the demonstration landscapes adjacent to our percolation basins, but with an ongoing drought and record high temperatures, we have been asking if there are trees better suited for our changing climate. This project will help provide answers to that question so that we can continue to demonstrate best practices for our region,” Sotomayor said. The study will also examine the impact of organic mulch on the drought tolerance and tree health of four species of landscape trees, according to Cooperative Extension environmental horticulture advisor Janet Hartin. “CBWCD is a great partner for us in San Bernardino County. They share our mission of creating community-based educational programs about urban gardening, horticulture and the environment,” Hartin said. The Water Conservation District’s water conservation campus in Montclair is not only a state-of-the-art demonstration and education facility, but also a living laboratory for environmental and horticultural science. “Research and demonstration projects like this are key to ensuring our region is on the pathway to sustainability and resiliency,” said Drew Ready, arborist and District Conservation Program Manager. “The findings of this study will result in a healthier urban forest and a greener, cooler Inland Empire. Chino Basin Water Conservation District is pleased to be a part of it.” To learn more about this and other District conservation efforts, visit the Chino Basin Water Conservation District’s website at http://www.cbwcd.org or call 909-626-2711. Better yet drop their Water Conservation Campus at 4594 San Bernardino Street in Montclair to see just how beautiful water conservation can be!
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Renewable Energy | Year: 2011
Investigations regarding the influence of design parameters in low head axial flow turbines like blade profiles, blade height and blade number for micro-hydro application continue to be inadequate, even though there is a need and potential for the application of such turbines. This inadequacy provides a good ground to make a detailed experimental study to characterize these influences. The paper presents a holistic theoretical model that attempts to bring out a functionality of the internal performance parameters of the runner and attempts to establish a physical relationship between the two design parameters (blade height and blade number) and the performance parameters. The experimental results on 3 runners showed that with an increase in the number of blades, the efficiency of the runner dropped drastically due to the change in direction of the relative flow vector at the runner exit, which decreased the net rotational momentum and increased the axial flow velocity. The decrease of blade height on the other hand decreased the overall runner loss coefficient quite drastically but this could not result in major performance gains. The study concluded that the influence of blade number is more dominating compared to that of the blade height and that choice of blade number should be carefully made. On the hydraulic level, the study found interesting effects like the slip phenomenon and loss mechanisms within the runner. The paper also looks into the possible errors within the theoretical model developed and the extent of their influence on the conclusions. The paper suggests more experimental studies to separately study the effects of blade number and blade height. It further makes a strong case to initiate a computational work to validate all the experimental findings, fill the gaps in the theoretical model and use it as an optimization and standardization tool for axial flow turbines in the specialized application of micro-hydro. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
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Nestmann F.,Basin Water
Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science | Year: 2010
The paper presents an experimentally validated optimization routine for the turbine-mode operation of radial flow centrifugal pumps. The optimization routine outlined here is designed to be used with prediction (predicting turbine mode characteristics of a pump) and selection (selecting the most appropriate pump for turbine-mode operation) models. The optimization routine improves upon previous uncertainties in prediction, especially in the low specific speed range. The optimization routine is evaluated experimentally for three pumps with specific speeds of 18.2 rpm, 19.7 rpm and 44.7 rpm, and a significant improvement in the accuracy of the turbine predictions with the errors for all the three pumps falling within the ±4% acceptance bands in the full load operating region is found. It is also shown how the optimization routine validates an approach to selection and prediction based on model experiments and classical principles of applied turbomachinery (specific speed-specific diameter or the Cordier/Balje plots). Such an approach is shown to be the most economic in terms of pump mode input variables. The paper recommends the extensive use of the optimization routine in micro hydro and other energy recovery projects involving pumps as turbines and the creation of a database of accurate field results that can be used to improve the routine further. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
News Article | August 23, 2016
"A group of mayors from Canada and the U.S. is trying to challenge a recent decision allowing an American city to draw water from the Great Lakes, arguing that it sets a dangerous precedent. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative asked Monday for a hearing with the group of eight states that make up what's known as the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council. In June, the council gave the Wisconsin city of Waukesha the green light to divert water from Lake Michigan, making it the first exception to an agreement banning diversions of water away from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin." The Canadian Press had the story August 22, 2016.