Earth Day 2017

(Montecito, California, April 24, 2017)

Thanks to the many visitors and participating agencies who turned out for Earth Day! Community Environmental Council once again organized a successful Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, providing education and connection to individuals and organizations alike.

Access to the posters on display:

How to Keep Trees Alive in the Drought Where ... read more

Good News Across the Board

(Montecito, California, April 20, 2017)

Purchase of Groundwater Storage

Montecito Water District’s Board of Directors convened on Tuesday this week. Topping the agenda was a recommendation for the District to purchase groundwater storage capacity through the Semitropic Water Storage District Groundwater Banking Program. The Board acted to reserve 1,500 shares at a total purchase ... read more

Urban Water Management Plan Update

(Montecito, California, April 21, 2017)

Montecito Water District’s Urban Water Management Plan 2015 Update has been prepared for Public Review. It will be presented for Public Hearing at the District’s May 16 regular Board Meeting.

The Public is Invited to Participate: Public Hearing before the Board of Directors Date: Tuesday, May 16 at 2pm

Location: Montecito Fire Protection ... read more

Project Completion On Hot Springs Road, Montecito

(Montecito, California, March 27, 2017)

In December, 2016, 1,100 linear feet of water main, serving Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School and local residences, was replaced between 500 and 600 Hot Springs Road. While new pipes were in place and functional in December, the wettest winter on record delayed the final road slurry, which requires warm, dry weather to complete. Western Oil ... read more

Montecito Water District Suspends Penalties

(Montecito, California, March 23, 2017)

As rain was falling on Tuesday's regularly scheduled monthly meeting, Montecito Water District's Board of Directors unanimously accepted a staff recommendation to suspend enforcement of penalties for excessive water consumption. The change is effective immediately.

Click here for a summary of what this means for customers

Historic drought ... read more

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Public Workshop: March 2, 2017

Thank you to all who participated in our recent public workshop: community members, local agencies, and political representatives.

The District looks forward to ongoing community involvement during the GSA / GSP process and will announce future events.

Link to the SGMA page on the District's web site for the video link or to learn more Click here for the presentation slides (PDF) Click ... read more

State Stands Firm on Water Conservation

(Santa Barbara, California, February 10, 2017).
“Extreme Drought” status still holds for most of Santa Barbara County, making it unique in the state. Despite voices from wetter counties clamoring for restrictions to be lifted, the State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to extend the current water conservation rules through September. While rain falls daily, ... read more

Montecito Water District Takes Action to Rescue Water as San Luis Reservoir Rises to Spill

(Santa Barbara, California, February 9, 2017) It has been one week since Montecito Water District moved to protect 7,000 acre feet of water stored in San Luis Reservoir through an exchange with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. It will likely be several more weeks before the effectiveness of the exchange can be determined, and the District is closely monitoring the situation while ... read more

Will Precious Water Spill?

(Santa Barbara, California, January 31, 2017) February 15th is now the projected spill date for San Luis Reservoir according to Ray Stokes, Executive Director of the Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA). Literally years of water supply is at stake for Santa Barbara County’s agencies that have taken costly precautions to ensure reliable delivery in the face of ongoing drought. Combined, approximately ... read more

Montecito Water District Jumpstarts Strategic Planning In January, 2017

(Santa Barbara, California, January 26, 2017) Montecito Water District was in the limelight prior to last November’s election, with a record-breaking drought to manage and two seats on the Board available. Elected Directors Floyd Wicks and Tobe Plough began their term of service in December, and along with incumbents Richard Shaikewitz (President), W. Douglas Morgan (Vice President), and Sam Frye, ... read more

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