February 23, 2022
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Nisha Wade
Collaborative Stormwater Project Will Boost Local Water Supplies, Reduce Flooding
Beaumont, CA – Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District (BCVWD) and Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District are collaborating to capture enough stormwater to supply up to 900 families a year, while minimizing flooding in a portion of Cherry Valley.
Securing additional water to support long-term regional water sustainability and ensure a dependable supply for customers is more important than ever, as the state experiences severe drought and faces uncertain weather conditions due to climate change.
The Beaumont MDP Line 16 project will construct an underground storm drain that collects runoff and delivers up to 500 acre-feet of water a year to BCVWD’s existing recharge ponds, which feed the Beaumont groundwater basin. Without this joint effort, stormwater would continue to flow along Brookside Avenue, directly into Marshall Creek, and be lost downstream.
“The project area often experiences flooding with even just small amounts of rain,” said Vice President Andy Ramirez, on behalf of the Board of Directors. “By working together to manage and collect stormwater, we can minimize the flood impacts to our community and strategically grow our local water resources while promoting a sustainable water future.”
BCVWD’s supplies come from the State Water Project and local groundwater. The District has the advantage of large storage capacity in the Beaumont Basin, and strategically seeks opportunities to add to that underground supply bank in preparation for water shortages.
“Planning and collaboration between our two agencies emphasizes our dedication to protecting residents from flooding and ensuring water reliability for the region,” said Jason Uhley, General Manager-Chief Engineer at Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. “We recently partnered to prevent flooding and debris flow from local burn scars, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to continue working together on this important project.”
The stormwater project, funded by BCVWD, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and state grant money, is estimated to cost $7,558,650. Construction will begin March 2022 and is anticipated to be complete by June 2023. For more information on BCVWD water sustainability efforts, go to bcvwd.org/document-category/urban-water-management-plan. For questions about the project, contact David Garcia, Construction Manager with the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, at 951-955-1288
Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District was formed in 1919 and is governed by a publicly elected five-member Board of Directors. BCVWD is an independent special district that provides water service to 55,000 customers in a 28-square-mile service area.