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Historical Spotlight 
Securing a Dependable Water Supply for the Region
Immediately following the incorporation of Upper District on January 7, 1960, the Board of Directors began discussions to solve the local water supply problem. They were tasked with determining two things: how much supplemental water would be needed for the basin and what would be the most economically feasible water source. A careful analysis was performed known as the "Stetson Report" which found Colorado River water to be the most affordable and safest source of supply. This supply would be obtained by joining Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) who operates and owns the Colorado River Aqueduct system. 
Annexation into Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Confident with these findings of the Stetson Report, on January 15, 1963, the Board of Directors led by President J. Ercel Cleminson voted in favor of holding a special election on March 12, 1963 to present voters with a ballot initiative. Voters approved the annexation into Metropolitan which gave Upper District the capability to import water supplies from the Colorado River and eventually allow the ability to import  water from the State Water Project when it became available in the 1970s.
USG-3 Service Connection: Replenishing the Groundwater Basin with Imported Water
80% of the San Gabriel Valley's water demand is met by available groundwater in the Main San Gabriel Basin, while the other 20% is imported from Northern California that supplement these local supplies. Imported water is delivered through an outlet called the USG-3 Service Connection nestled in Azusa Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains. As part of its groundwater replenishment efforts,  Upper District works in cooperation with the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster who closely manages and protects groundwater resources in the San Gabriel Valley. 
At its core, Upper District's primary role is to import supplemental water to help replenish the groundwater basin and help meet residential and commercial water demands in the Valley. However, acknowledging the negative impacts of high water usage on the environment and the basin, Upper District prioritized conservation early on, including it as a major cornerstone of its water portfolio. Since then it has led the efforts in educating residents of smart water use efficiency practices. 

The Upper District Board of Directors believe in creating fun and innovative programs that will capture the community's attention and encourage water-use efficiency behaviors. As part of Upper District’s ongoing 60th Anniversary celebrations, the Board is pleased to introduce the district’s newest campaign, Conserve-a-Palooza.
Sharing our History with our San Gabriel Valley Community 
Over the course of the next three months Upper District staff will present a series of presentations at the second Board meeting of every month dedicated to the history of the district. Staff is also working on a virtual event in the Fall to culminate the end of Upper District’s 60th Anniversary celebrations.
Conserve-a-Palooza
60 Years of Water Stewardship
Interested in winning new conservation devices for your home, kids activity books, or gardening kits?  Missing out on Upper District swag? Upper District is rolling out Conserve-a-Palooza

This online giveaway program will begin the week of October 26th and end on December 11th! That’s right, free swag! But wait, there may be a few BIG surprises during the six week program, but you will have to sign up to participate. All Upper District residents will have the opportunity to participate and play to win a different prize every week. Residents will need to answer a short water conservation quiz that will be posted on Upper District’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages in order to enter into the contest.

No purchase necessary to enter. This contest is free to all residents in Upper District’s service area. Two winners will be announced weekly on these social media platforms and will be mailed to the winners. Stay tuned for more details about Conserve-a-Palooza by following our page for updated information and more surprise giveaway announcements! 
Virtual Field Trips of CA Water Infrastructure
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California makes virtual field trips accessible to students, teachers and the public for free! You can take a virtual tour of the Colorado River Aqueduct, State Water Project and Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center in the comfort of your own home. The tours are available and can be viewed today in English, Spanish and Mandarin by clicking the image below. 
Teacher Tool Kit Addition
Click the image below to download the latest activity sheet - "Water Wisdom." Other 60th Anniversary activity sheets can be found in the teacher tool kit
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About Upper District
Upper District’s mission is to consistently meet our region’s need for reliable, high quality and affordable water; including water conservation, recycled water, storm water capture, storage, water transfers and imported water. Upper District services nearly one million people in its 144 square mile service territory. Governed by a five-member elected board of directors, Upper District is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Annually, more than 78 billion gallons of water is used in Upper District’s service area. For 60 years, Upper District has been a leader in water stewardship and water conservation.
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