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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter
1 Valley District’s mission..................................................................................................................... 1
2 To Join or not to Join?......................................................................................................................... 9

The Metropolitan Question ........................................................................................................ 11

3 Orange County pressures Inland Empire water agencies to join

Metropolitan Water District............................................................................................................ 15

4 The 1964 election.............................................................................................................................. 23
5 Too close for comfort........................................................................................................................ 27
6 Valley District’s first water crisis: Yucaipa...................................................................................... 31
7 The State Water Project: Background.............................................................................................. 35
8 Early engineering challenges for Valley District............................................................................ 39
9 Two major lawsuits settle surface water and groundwater pumping rights

across the Inland Empire................................................................................................................. 43

10 The State Water Project arrives in San Bernardino........................................................................ 47
11 Valley District convinces the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

to relocate the Mentone Dam........................................................................................................... 51

12 Too much of a good thing: High groundwater .............................................................................. 57
13 Valley District funds U.S. Geological Survey research to pioneer new

methods for tracking groundwater................................................................................................. 61

14 A breakthrough in relations with Metropolitan Water District................................................... 67
15 The Delta smelt and century old levees........................................................................................... 73
16 Valley District and Western Municipal Water District win new

Santa Ana River water rights.......................................................................................................... 77

17 Complications................................................................................................................................... 79
18 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wins round one in court, but water agencies

appeal the decision............................................................................................................................ 83

19 Water agency relations in the 21st century..................................................................................... 85
20 New Valley District initiatives in the post-2010 period................................................................. 91
21 Perspectives: Valley District’s accomplishments, lessons learned

and new water management challenges in the 21st century.......................................................... 99

Board of Directors of San Bernardino Valley Water District - 2014....................................... 102

San Bernardino Valley Water District Service Area Map....................................................... 103

San Bernardino Valley Water District General Managers 1954-2014.................................... 103
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