Congressman Jay Obernolte has secured

         $960,000 to Replenish Big Bear 

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Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency General Manager David Lawrence says

 “We appreciate Congressman Obernolte’s support and dedication to the Big Bear Valley.

The Replenish Big Bear Project is a great opportunity to improve

groundwater sustainability and enhance our natural ecosystem.”


July 30, 2021__Washington D.C. ___ U.S. Congressman Jay Obernolte (CA-08) secured $11 million in funding for projects in the California 8th District that passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of this week’s major appropriations package. This includes $960,000 for the Replenish Big Bear Project aimed at providing a reliable and sustainable local water supply.   

“As the drought in California continues to worsen, it is more important now than ever that projects like Replenish Big Bear Project receive the funding they need to secure reliable water resources for our community and protect our natural resources,” comments Representative  Jay Obernolte. “I am proud to fight for funding to support this project and to bolster efforts to recover and preserve our valuable water supply.”   

The $960,000 in funding will go to the   Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) to support the Replenish Big Bear Project, a recycled water project aimed at recovering local water resources currently discharged outside the Santa Ana Watershed to replenish the local water supply, protect the Big Bear Valley environment and strengthen the tourism industry that drives Big Bear Valley’s recreation-based economy. Currently, about 800 million gallons of water, or half of Big Bear Valley’s annual water supply, is disposed of each year. Replenish Big Bear will recapture and treat this lost water to drinking water standards and use it to enhance water levels in the local groundwater basin, in Big Bear Lake, and in other area water bodies. 

Excerpt from: www.bbarwa.org    

When the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) was formed on March 22, 1974, the goal was to implement the Regional Wastewater Plan, which the Wastewater Planning Commission developed. Of primary importance, was the need to meet short and long-term collection, treatment, and disposal needs through a regional concept, while considering beneficial reuse and environmental and economic constraints. Success was realized in March 1976 when the voters of the Big Bear Valley authorized the issuance of Sewer Revenue Bonds for the construction of BBARWA’s facilities. As it was in 1974, BBARWA’s goal is to continue to provide centralized, cost-effective, environmentally friendly wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal for the entire Big Bear Valley.

While the Equivalent Dwelling Units (“EDUs”) inventory has become relatively stable, influent flows can fluctuate dramatically due to weather and tourism. Today, providing these services has become much more specialized and challenging due to the ever-increasing regulatory oversight, new and evolving technologies, and additional stringent requirements. When the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) was formed on March 22, 1974, the goal was to implement the Regional Wastewater Plan, which the Wastewater Planning Commission developed. Of primary importance, was the need to meet short and long-term collection, treatment, and disposal needs through a regional concept, while considering beneficial reuse and environmental and economic constraints.

Success was realized in March 1976 when the voters of the Big Bear Valley authorized the issuance of Sewer Revenue Bonds for the construction of BBARWA’s facilities. As it was in 1974, BBARWA’s goal is to continue to provide centralized, cost-effective, environmentally friendly wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal for the entire Big Bear Valley. While the Equivalent Dwelling Units (“EDUs”) inventory has become relatively stable, influent flows can fluctuate dramatically due to weather and tourism. Today, providing these services has become much more specialized and challenging due to the ever-increasing regulatory oversight, new and evolving technologies, and additional stringent requirements.

Today in 2021, the mission of BBARWA continues to effectively collect, treat and beneficially reuse wastewater and bio-solids in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.    

Currently (2021), complying with COVID-19 guidelines,

 BBARWA isn’t open to the public.

Please call us.

Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency

121 Palomino Drive

Post Office Box 517

Big Bear City, Ca 92314

Call: 909-584-4018

Visit: www.bbarwa.org

 

By Editor E T Russell

August 2021