Thousands Attend WRD Groundwater Fest

By EGP Staff Report

More than 4,000 people turned out for the Water Replenishment District’s (WRD) 4th Annual Groundwater Festival “Treasure Beneath Our Feet,” held at the water agency’s headquarters in Lakewood on March 12.

The event was packed with fun and educational activities aimed at teaching participants about the importance of the region’s groundwater supply, and what WRD is doing to “protect, preserve and replenish” it.

Exhibitors included the Aquarium of the Pacific’s “Aquarium on Wheels,” Star Eco Station reptile exhibits and the Discovery Science Center’s environmental and educational “edutainment.”

Local students from around WRD’s 43 cities service area were on hand to test their “H20 IQ,” and learn how WRD conducts groundwater monitoring of the Central groundwater basin and the West Coast groundwater basin.

Several local officials turned out to support the event, and to talk to constituents about the importance of conservation.

“Without water we don’t have an economy,” U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-38th) said. “We have to learn to conserve it, preserve it and use it wisely and this event shows you the leadership that WRD has on the issue of water.”

State Senator Kevin De León remarked that 50 years ago the WRD imported more water than any other agency in Southern California, but now,  “Through WRD’s Water Independence Now Program, WRD is developing local water supplies to eliminate their demand on imported water for groundwater replenishment. “ We are on our way to meet our goal because of the policies and vision of the WRD Board to make sure that we store water underground and make us independent.”

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March 24, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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