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    Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolitan, (213) 217-6930; (213) 324-5213, mobile
    Eric Bergh, Calleguas MWD, (805) 579-7128
    Jan. 11, 2007
    WATER TO BE LIMITED IN SOUTH VENTURA COUNTY WHILE
    REGIONAL TREATMENT PLANT, LARGE PIPELINE ARE SHUT DOWN, UPGRADED

    Consumers asked to voluntarily reduce water use
    Residents and businesses in south Ventura County are being called to voluntarily reduce their water use beginning Sunday, Jan. 14, while a regional water treatment plant is upgraded and a large-diameter pipeline is repaired during a 14-day shutdown.
    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California joined the Calleguas Municipal Water District in making the precautionary water-saving request as Metropolitan prepares for the planned shutdown of its Joseph Jensen Water Treatment Plant and Foothill Feeder pipeline. The outage is scheduled to last until Jan. 27.
    The Jensen plant in Granada Hills—one of five such treatment facilities within Metropolitan’s distributions system—is a significant source of drinking water for Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The 13-mile Foothill Feeder stretches from Castaic Lake to the Jensen plant, delivering state project supplies imported from Northern California through the California Aqueduct.
    Although most local agencies affected by the shutdowns will have groundwater, reservoir supplies and other sources to meet retail demands during the outage, some pockets will need consumers to conserve water to stretch supplies, said Debra C. Man, Metropolitan’s chief operating officer.
    “As a precaution, we’re asking consumers in the region to voluntarily conserve water whenever and wherever possible over the 14 days,” Man said.
    Consumers—particularly in the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Port Hueneme and communities of Camarillo Heights, Fairview, Las Posas Valley, Oak Park, Santa Rosa Valley, Lake Sherwood, Point Mugu, Somis and Port Hueneme—are asked to contact their local water supplier to determine water-use restrictions for their area.
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    While Metropolitan will upgrade and test the Jensen plant’s back-up emergency power generation systems during the shutdown, Foothill Feeder repairs are the primary reason for the outage, Man said. During the shutdown, Metropolitan plans to replace and repair sections of pre-stressed concrete pipe at three locations along the 21-foot-diameter pipeline.
    “Maintaining and improving our ability to store, process and deliver drinking water throughout our Southern California service area requires periodic curtailments in deliveries while work is being done,” Man said.
    Metropolitan routinely schedules shutdowns of its facilities in winter months, when temperatures usually are cooler and demands are lower, to complete inspections and perform maintenance and upgrades with the least impact on consumers.
    Don Kendall, Calleguas general manager, said voluntary water conservation by consumers, combined with activation of system interconnections between water agencies, will offer safeguards that residents and businesses have adequate water during the shutdown.
    “We, however, stand prepared to intensify the conservation request in the unanticipated event that locally stored supplies dwindle during the outage,” Kendall cautioned. “Residents who want to know more about how the shutdown will affect them should contact their local water provider directly.”
    Kendall added that the quality of tap water may be impacted to varying degrees within the Calleguas service area because the reduction in imported water deliveries may require increased use of groundwater within the region.
    “As more local groundwater is pumped, some water users may notice a change in the aesthetics of their tap water,” Kendall said.
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    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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    Jan. 19, 2007
    Contacts: Bob M

    Jan. 19, 2007
    Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolitan, (213) 217-6930, (213) 324-5213, mobile
    Eric Bergh, Calleguas MWD, (805) 579-7128
    Jeff Reinhardt, Las Virgenes MWD, (818) 251-2124
    WATER AGENCIES LAUNCH ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN CALLING FOR URGENT WATER SAVINGS BY RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES
    Unseasonably high demand, pipeline repairs stretch water supply thin
    in portions of Los Angeles, Ventura counties
    An advertising campaign launched today calls for residents and businesses in western
    Los Angeles and southern Ventura counties to suspend outdoor watering and non-essential
    indoor water use temporarily while repairs to a large-diameter pipeline continue.
    The campaign—initiated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California,
    Calleguas Municipal Water District and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District—expands the
    water-saving call beyond portions of Ventura County to include western Los Angeles County.
    “The recent dry, windy and uncommonly cold weather conditions have nearly doubled
    water demand at a time when demand is typically at its lowest,” said Debra C. Man,
    Metropolitan’s chief operating officer. “With water supplies stretched thin in the northernmost
    part of our service area, we need everyone to do their part to save water while important repairs
    are made to our water system.”
    More than 600,000 people reside in the affected areas served by Calleguas and
    Las Virgenes, including the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Hidden Hills,
    Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village, as well
    as the community of West Hills.
    Beginning this morning (Friday), radio advertisements, primarily during traffic reports,
    can be heard on 14 radio stations in English and Spanish through the end of the shutdown on Jan.
    27. The water-saving message also will be delivered in print advertisements.
    Don Kendall, Calleguas general manager, said conservation by consumers and businesses
    is essential to help sustain water supplies during the shutdown.
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    “The unusually high water demand is coming from our municipal customers, not from
    agriculture,” Kendall said. “These are critical repairs that need to be made, and every single
    person can make a difference.”
    Residents and businesses are asked to stop watering landscapes, plants and trees, handwashing
    vehicles, and refrain from filling swimming pools or spas and hosing down driveways
    until the repairs are made to Metropolitan’s Foothill Feeder pipeline. The 20-foot-diameter
    pipeline stretches 13 miles from Lake Castaic to Metropolitan’s Joseph Jensen Water Treatment
    Plant in Granada Hills, delivering supplies originating in Northern California.
    Other water-saving measures include running only full loads of clothes washers and
    dishwashers, keeping showers to 10 minutes or less, and not leaving the water running when
    brushing your teeth or shaving. The advertisements point out that more tips can be found at
    www.bewaterwise.com.”
    In response to the high demand and local agency concerns, Metropolitan postponed some
    Jensen plant upgrades to greatly reduce the time the plant would be out of service. Metropolitan
    crews worked around the clock earlier this week to complete a portion of the scheduled work and
    put the plant back into operation nearly eight days ahead of schedule. With water provided
    through a connection with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan began
    providing limited amounts of treated water to the affected areas, lessening the impacts on
    residents.
    In the meantime, work continues to replace and repair sections of pre-stressed concrete
    pipe at three locations along the Foothill Feeder.
    Metropolitan typically schedules shutdowns of its facilities in the winter months, when
    temperatures are cooler and demands are lower, to complete inspections and perform
    maintenance and upgrades with the least impact on consumers, Man said. However, the unusual
    spike in local water demands, exacerbated by frigid and dry conditions, has complicated this ongoing
    shutdown, she said.
    The call for outdoor conservation is consistent with Metropolitan’s ongoing region-wide
    public outreach campaign that encourages reductions in outdoor water use through more efficient
    irrigation and use of native, drought-tolerant plants in landscapes.
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    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million
    people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local
    supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management
    programs.

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    • #3
      Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolit

      Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolitan, (213) 217-6930; (213) 324-5213, mobile
      Richard Hansen, Three Valleys MWD, (909) 621-5568
      Sondra Elrod, IEUA, (909) 993-1747; (909) 730-7573, mobile
      Feb. 1, 2007
      CONSUMERS IN EAST LOS ANGELES, WEST SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES ASKED TO REDUCE WATER USE DURING PIPELINE SHUTDOWN
      Work on major large-diameter water line to begin Monday (Feb. 5),
      affecting consumers from La Verne to Fontana
      Residents and businesses in the east Los Angeles and west San Bernardino counties are being called upon to make plans to reduce outdoor watering and non-essential indoor water use while a major regional water pipeline is upgraded during a seven-day shutdown beginning Monday (Feb. 5).
      Officials from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency and local retail water agencies made the precautionary water-saving request today as Metropolitan prepares for the planned shutdown of its Rialto Feeder. The shutdown is scheduled to run through Sunday, Feb. 11.
      Affected areas include the cities and communities of La Verne, Claremont, Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Fontana.
      “Water agencies and cities throughout this area will either seek voluntary and, in some cases, mandatory reductions in water use during this period,” said Richard Atwater, general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. “I encourage consumers who want more information to contact their local water provider directly.”
      Richard Hansen, Three Valleys general manager, said conservation by consumers and businesses would be essential to help endure the shutdown without further disruptions or inconveniences.
      "During this time of year, landscape experts tell us lawns should easily be able to last the entire shutdown without water," Hansen said. "If it isn't raining, you may want to deep water your lawn and landscaping over the weekend. Just be prepared to reduce your outdoor water use beginning Monday (Feb. 5).”
      Debra C. Man, Metropolitan’s chief operating officer, said the district routinely schedules
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      repairs and improvements of its facilities in winter months, when temperatures usually are cooler and demands are lower.
      “These shutdowns permit us to complete inspections and perform necessary maintenance and upgrades with the least impact on consumers,” Man said. “The upgrades are essential to maintain reliable water deliveries to communities and businesses.”
      In upgrading the Foothill Feeder, Metropolitan plans to install concrete vaults in the 8-foot-diameter pipeline that will eventually house isolation valves to be installed in the future, Man said. The district also plans to replace a 20-foot pipeline section, as well as inspect portions of the line.
      The 30-mile Rialto Feeder extends west from the Devil Canyon Power Plant near San Bernardino to Metropolitan’s San Dimas Power Plant, delivering up to 450,000 gallons of imported water a minute for 6 million residents. The pipeline is the only source of supplemental water to communities served by the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, which relies on Metropolitan water for about 30 percent of its water supply needs. Three Valleys, which uses Metropolitan water for up to 60 percent of its needs, has the ability to receive imported water through an alternate MWD pipeline.
      Before work on the pipeline begins, residents and businesses are asked to plan to do their part to ensure reservoirs and local supplies won’t be drained. Steps include reducing outdoor watering of landscapes and lawns, hand-washing vehicles, refraining from filling of swimming pools or spas, and hosing down driveways and sidewalks Feb. 5-11.
      Other water-saving measures can include running only full loads of clothes washers and dishwashers, not leaving the water running when washing dishes, keeping showers to a maximum of 10 minutes and not leaving the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. Additional water-saving tips can be found at “bewaterwise.com.”
      The call for outdoor conservation is consistent with Metropolitan’s ongoing region-wide public outreach campaign that encourages reductions in outdoor water use through more efficient irrigation and use of native, drought-tolerant plants in landscapes.
      For more information, consumers and businesses are asked to contact their local water provider:
      East Los Angeles County:
      City of La Verne (909) 596-8744 Golden State Water Co. (800) 999-4033
      (City of Claremont)
      West San Bernardino County:
      City of Chino (909) 464-8368 Fontana Water Company (909) 822-2201
      City of Chino Hills (909) 364-2806 Monte Vista Water District (909) 624-0035
      City of Upland (909) 291-2935 City of Ontario (909) 395-2678
      Cucamonga Valley Water District (909) 987-2591
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      • #4
        PRESS RELEASE
        Contacts:
        Mich

        PRESS RELEASE
        Contacts:
        Michelle Tuchman, MWDOC, (714) 593-5014; (949) 689-3056, mobile
        Bob Muir, Metropolitan, (213) 217-6930; (213) 324-5213, mobile
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
        <font color="ff0000">WATER LIMITED IN ORANGE COUNTY
        DURING CONSTRUCTION WORK AT LOCAL TREATMENT PLANT</font>

        Residents, businesses urged to aggressively conserve water
        during week-long facility shutdown
        &#40;March 20, 2007&#41;—Residents and businesses throughout Orange County are being asked to
        aggressively reduce their water use while a major regional water treatment plant undergoes
        upgrades during a week-long shutdown beginning Sunday, March 25.
        Officials from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Municipal
        Water District of Orange County joined local water agencies in making the water-saving request
        as Metropolitan prepares for the planned shutdown of its Robert B. Diemer Water Treatment
        Plant, located in Yorba Linda, through Saturday, March 31.
        Metropolitan’s Diemer plant is the primary source of imported treated drinking water to
        communities served by MWDOC, as well as the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton and Santa Ana.
        The plant provides about 95 percent of south Orange County’s potable water needs via two
        regional water pipelines.
        “Although some water agencies in south Orange County will institute mandatory
        restrictions during this shutdown, most agencies in north Orange County will have groundwater
        supplies to call upon to meet retail demands,” said Debra C. Man, Metropolitan’s chief operating
        officer. “As a precaution, however, we’re asking all consumers in the region to voluntarily
        conserve water whenever and wherever possible.”
        To minimize impacts on consumers, Metropolitan routinely schedules operational
        shutdowns of its water-treatment facilities during the winter months, when temperatures are
        typically cooler and demands are lower.
        “All Orange County water providers have prepared for months to ensure their
        customers have sufficient supplies during this planned shutdown,” said Kevin P. Hunt, general
        manager of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, which manages the water supply the
        county receives from Metropolitan.
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        PRESS RELEASE
        PLANT SHUTDOWN MARCH 25-31
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        &#34;However, we are asking residents and businesses to help us in our effort to maximize
        the amount of water we have on-hand while the Diemer plant is out of service,” he continued.
        Curtailing landscape irrigation, which consumes approximately 60 percent of all water
        used in Orange County, is perhaps the easiest way to conserve throughout the week, Hunt said.
        Other outdoor water-saving practices include sweeping down driveways and walkways.
        The Diemer plant shutdown is part of $155 million in construction under way at the
        facility to improve the plant’s treatment processes and modify chemical handling capabilities,
        said Eddie Rigdon, Metropolitan’s water system operations manager. Projects include site work
        and relocation of existing facilities in preparation for adding a new ozone disinfection system.
        Work at the plant is expected to continue through 2011.
        “Maintaining and improving our ability to store, process and deliver drinking water
        throughout Southern California requires periodic curtailments in deliveries while the work is
        being done,” Rigdon said.
        MWDOC’s Hunt said voluntary water conservation by consumers, combined with
        activation of system interconnections between water agencies, will offer added safeguards to
        help ensure that residents and businesses have adequate water during the shutdown. The
        cooperating agencies, however, stand prepared to intensify the conservation request should
        locally stored supplies dwindle during the outage.
        For more water-saving tips visit www.bewaterwise.com. Information about special
        water-savings rebates available to Orange County residents and businesses is available on
        www.mwdoc.com. Click on Rebate Programs.
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        • #5
          Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolit

          Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolitan, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
          Richard Hansen, Three Valleys MWD, &#40;909&#41; 621-5568
          Sondra Elrod, IEUA, &#40;909&#41; 993-1747; &#40;909&#41; 730-7573, mobile
          April 2, 2007
          RESIDENTS IN EASTERN LOS ANGELES, WESTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES
          ASKED TO SUSPEND OUTDOOR WATER USE DURING PIPELINE SHUTDOWN

          Urgent repairs on major large-diameter water line to begin April 16,
          affecting more than 1 million consumers from La Verne to Fontana
          More than 1 million consumers in eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties are being called upon to suspend outdoor watering and non-essential indoor water use while a major regional water pipeline is taken out of service for nine days for urgent repairs beginning Monday, April 16.
          Officials from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency and local retail water agencies made the water-saving request today as Metropolitan prepares for the repair of its Rialto Feeder pipeline.
          In response to the shutdown, consumers in the cities of La Verne, Claremont, Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Fontana are being asked to save water and stretch local supplies.
          “Water agencies and cities throughout this area will either seek voluntary and, in some cases, mandatory reductions in water use during this repair period,” said Richard Atwater, general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. “Residents who want to know more about how the shutdown will affect them should contact their water provider directly.”
          Richard Hansen, Three Valleys general manager, said conservation by consumers and businesses is essential to help complete the pipeline repairs without disruptions in service.
          “This is a critical repair coming as spring weather commences. We all need to do our part to reduce water use while the repairs are made,” Hansen said. “Along with following our conservation request, residents also may consider postponing their spring plantings until after the shutdown.”
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          Debra C. Man, Metropolitan’s chief operating officer, said the 96-inch-diameter Rialto pipeline was inspected earlier this year as part of efforts to install upgrades along the water line. Man said recent inspection results revealed a weakened pipeline section needing immediate attention.
          Metropolitan routinely schedules shutdowns of its facilities in winter months, when temperatures usually are cooler and demands are lower, to complete inspections and perform maintenance and upgrades with the least impact on consumers, Man said.
          The 30-mile Rialto Feeder extends from the Devil Canyon Power Plant north of San Bernardino to Metropolitan’s San Dimas Power Plant, delivering up to 450,000 gallons of imported water a minute for about 6 million total residents.
          The pipeline is the only source of supplemental water for communities served by the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, which relies on Metropolitan water for about 30 percent of its water supply needs. Three Valleys, which uses Metropolitan water for up to 60 percent of its needs, has the ability to receive imported water through an alternate MWD pipeline.
          Due to the immediate need to repair the line, water agencies have a limited amount of lead-time to prepare and coordinate water supplies and storage. In routine maintenance situations, Metropolitan typically provides six to eight months for agencies to prepare. With a major water source cut off, some water agencies have issued a more stringent call for conservation measures to ensure there is an adequate supply for its consumers.
          Before pipeline repairs begin, residents and businesses will be asked to do their part to ensure reservoirs and local supplies won’t be drained. Steps include stopping outdoor watering of landscapes and lawns, hand-washing vehicles, filling swimming pools or spas, and hosing down driveways and sidewalks beginning April 16 until the pipeline repairs are complete April 24.
          Other water-saving measures can include running only full loads of clothes washers and dishwashers, not leaving the water running when washing dishes, keeping showers to a maximum of 10 minutes and not leaving the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving.
          Residents should be aware that some municipal parks and landscape areas that are irrigated with recycled water will not be impacted by the shutdown.
          For more conservation tips and water-saving rebate information, residents and businesses can visit “www.bewaterwise.com.”
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          • #6
            California Hunting Dog Enthusiasts Can't Catch a Break

            California Hunting Dog Enthusiasts Can't Catch a Break (04/09)
            California
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            California sporting dog owners must act now to stop legislation that will make it a crime to breed hunting dogs.

            Assembly Bill 1634, sponsored by Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, will require all dogs over four months of age be spayed or neutered. The owner must pay for and qualify to receive a virtually unattainable permit if a dog to be exempted. Assembly Bill 1634 will be heard in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 10 at 9:00 a.m.

            “California hunting dog enthusiasts must let lawmakers know that they will not be forced to give up their passions because of poorly-written, unjust legislation,” said Rick Story, USSA senior vice president. “Tell state lawmakers that you oppose this overreaching bill that will outlaw the breeding of quality hunting dogs.

            The anti’s have marked California’s hound hunting traditions for elimination, but a vigilant sportsmen’s community continues to strike back.

            In 2006, the USSA led sportsmen to protect their hobbies and hunting interests by blocking a bill that threatened hunting dog competitors and field coursers. Three years earlier, sportsmen got behind a USSA campaign to defeat legislation that would have banned bear hunting, fox hunting, rabbit hunting, raccoon hunting and more.

            Take Action! California sportsmen should attend the Assembly Business and Professions Committee hearing on April 10 at 9:00 a.m. AB 1634 will be heard in Room 447 of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Attend and demonstrate the hunting dog community’s opposition to AB 1634, an excessive bill that will devastate the future of hunting.

            Those who cannot attend should contact their assembly members and ask them to oppose AB 1634. Explain that the bill criminalizes dog owners that legitimately breed hunting dogs. Let them know you oppose the establishment of unattainable regulations to receive an exemption. To contact your assembly member, call (916) 445-2323 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.

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            • #7
              Contact: Bob Muir, &#40;213&#4

              Contact: Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
              April 10, 2007
              <font color="aa00aa"><font size="+2">METROPOLITAN BOARD ASSUMES LEADERSHIP ROLE IN APPROVING
              EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE PLAN FOR DELTA LEVEES </font></font>

              Catastrophic levee failure in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would impact
              state’s $1.6 trillion economy, drinking water supplies for 25 million Californians
              Guarding against a disaster comparable to what New Orleans experienced during Hurricane Katrina, Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors today approved an emergency preparedness and response plan for the levee system that supports the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
              With water supplies for 25 million Californians and more than half of the state’s $1.6 trillion economy at stake, Metropolitan will look to integrate the strategies into an interim emergency delta operations plan being prepared by the state Department of Water Resources over the next two months.
              “Planning and preparing for a significant earthquake or severe flooding that could cause multiple levee failures across the delta is one of the most important issues facing California,” said Metropolitan board Chairman Timothy F. Brick.
              “Any disruption or significant failure of the delta’s levee system would likely lead to the loss of drinking water supplies for major population centers in the San Francisco Bay area and San Joaquin Valley, as well as Southern California for up to three years,” Brick said.
              Created in the late 1800s as a complex of levees, the delta developed as land was drained and reclaimed for agriculture at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Delta islands have over time subsided up to 30 feet because of farming and the deterioration of peat soils. Today, more than 1,100 miles of levees protect delta islands that are interlaced with major utilities, highways and railroads, and provide for the passage of freshwater delivered through the federal and state water systems.
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              Under a DWR scenario, a hypothetical earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale near the western delta could simultaneously lead to 50 levee breaches and the flooding of 20 delta islands, disrupting the state’s water delivery system that currently provides more than half the imported supplies available to Metropolitan.
              “The risks, however, extend beyond the reliability of drinking water supplies,” Brick said. “Delta levee failures also could cause serious water quality problems by greatly elevating salinity and total organic carbon levels, as well as invasive algae species.”
              The strategy approved by Metropolitan’s board would require the pre-positioning of materials and equipment to allow for timely levee repairs and closure of delta channels in the event of an earthquake or flooding.
              Under the plan, an emergency pathway could be re-established through existing delta channels in about six months to deliver freshwater supplies to the state and federal water pumps. Depending on the scale of the emergency, Metropolitan estimates a state plan, based on MWD’s strategy, would cost about $200 million to execute.
              In another action, Metropolitan’s board established rates and charges for fiscal year 2007-08 for all components of the district’s tiered rate structure, which breaks down the agency’s rates into separate commodity charges that reflect the wholesale costs to treat, deliver and develop supplies.
              Included in the adopted plan is a $30-per-acre-foot increase in the district’s wholesale rate for the first tier of treated water deliveries to its 26 member public agencies, effective January 1, 2008. The adjustment reflects the cost of power resources, and operating, maintenance and capital costs for treatment plant expansions and refurbishments.
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              The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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              • #8
                Note to editors: A digital pho

                Note to editors: A digital photograph of Edward C. Little is available upon request.
                Contact: Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
                April 11, 2007
                CULVER CITY RESIDENT RETURNS
                TO METROPOLITAN BOARD

                Edward C. “Ed” Little, former Culver City council member and local water official, has returned as a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
                Little represents West Basin Municipal Water District on Metropolitan’s board, on which he previously served two separate terms—from January 1999 to September 2001 and March 1994 to January 1998. He replaces Carol Kwan, who served as a Metropolitan director for two separate terms, including her most recent since September 2001.
                Little, who joins Willard H. Murray, Jr. as West Basin representatives on the 37-member Metropolitan board, will serve on the MWD board’s Water Quality and Operations Committee, and Communications and Legislation Committee. He was seated on the board at its meeting Tuesday, April 10.
                Appointed to West Basin’s board of directors in 1989, Little is currently serving his fifth term of office. At West Basin, he represents the cities of Culver City, El Segundo, Malibu and West Hollywood, and unincorporated areas of Lennox, North Ladera Heights, Del Aire, Topanga, View Park and Windsor Hills. West Basin, founded in 1947, provides supplemental water to nearly 1 million people in a 185-square-mile service area.
                Active in water issues since the early 1950s when he worked to annex Culver City to West Basin’s service area, Little served on the County Resources and Reclamation Advisory Committee from 1965 to 1967.
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                A Culver City councilman from 1966 to 1970, Little was the city’s representative to the Southern California Association of Governments. He opened Ed Little Auto Service in 1951, which his son, Bob Little, still operates as a family-owned business.
                Little, a Los Angeles native, received a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Southern California.
                He is a member of the Culver City Rotary Club, of which he is past president. He was a 15-year member of the board of managers of the Culver Palms YMCA, and served as president of the Culver City Jaycees, of which he is a life member.
                Little received the Culver City Chamber of Commerce’s 1992 Outstanding Business Award and was honored as the 1965 Citizen of the Year by the Culver City Chapter of Jewish War Veterans.
                He and his wife, Elaine, have three children and four grandchildren.
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                The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other water-management programs.

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                • #9
                  Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolit

                  Contacts: Bob Muir, Metropolitan, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
                  Mike Sovich, Three Valleys MWD, &#40;909&#41; 621-5568
                  Sondra Elrod, IEUA, &#40;909&#41; 993-1747; &#40;909&#41; 730-7573, mobile
                  Mary Ann Melleby, Monte Vista Water District, &#40;909&#41; 267-2165
                  April 12, 2007
                  <font color="ff0000">URGENT SHORT-TERM CONSERVATION NEEDED
                  DURING MAJOR PIPELINE REPAIR</font>

                  Residents, businesses in eastern Los Angeles County, western San Bernardino County
                  can use variety of water-saving tools during repair
                  Water agencies are offering residents and businesses in eastern Los Angeles and western
                  San Bernardino counties a variety of water-saving options and advice to help them cope with the
                  call for conservation while the region’s major supply pipeline is shut down and repaired.
                  Beginning next Monday, April 16, up to 1 million consumers in the region are being
                  called upon to suspend outdoor watering and non-essential indoor water use while Metropolitan
                  Water District replaces a weakened section of its 30-mile Rialto Pipeline over nine days.
                  Specifically, consumers in the cities of La Verne, Claremont, Chino, Chino Hills,
                  Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Fontana are being asked to save water and help
                  stretch local supplies. Residents who want to know more about how the shutdown will affect
                  them should contact their water provider directly.
                  While Metropolitan coordinated with Three Valleys Municipal Water District, the Inland
                  Empire Utilities Agency and other local retailers to help build up emergency reserves in advance
                  of the shutdown, officials today stressed the importance of everyone in the affected area doing
                  their part to reduce water use during the repair.
                  &#34;We recognize that it’s time for warm weather and spring planting, but we need everyone
                  to try to use water sparingly during this repair,&#34; said Martha Davis, executive manager of policy
                  development for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency.
                  “It’s simple—turn off your automatic sprinklers this Sunday and turn them back on when
                  the repair is finished. We’re calling on everyone to join in and help save water, or we will risk
                  reaching a critical point with our reserves,” Davis said.
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                  In addition to suspending outdoor watering during the repair, consumers are asked to take
                  short showers; not run water while brushing teeth or shaving; and to wash their vehicles at
                  professional car washes that use recycled water rather than at home. &#40;See accompanying
                  consumer tips.&#41; For more conservation tips and water-saving rebate information, residents and
                  businesses can visit “www.bewaterwise.com.”
                  “Conservation by consumers, combined with water service interconnections between
                  local water agencies, should provide adequate water during the pipeline shutdown,” said
                  Mike Sovich, assistant general manager of engineering and operations for Three Valleys
                  Municipal Water District.
                  “Conservation, however, is the key element,” Sovich stressed.
                  Debra C. Man, Metropolitan Water District’s chief operating officer, said the district is
                  doing everything it can to complete the pipeline repairs with as little impact on consumers as
                  possible.
                  “Leading up to this shutdown, we’ve worked closely with all of the local agencies and
                  cities, and walked door-to-door in affected neighborhoods to inform residents about the repairs,”
                  Man said.
                  Metropolitan routinely schedules shutdowns of its facilities in winter months, when
                  temperatures usually are cooler and demands are lower, to complete inspections and perform
                  maintenance and upgrades with the least impact on consumers.
                  Recent results from a February inspection and test of the Rialto Pipeline indicated broken
                  wires within a weakened pipeline section along Amethyst Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.
                  During the shutdown, scheduled to last through Tuesday, April 24, Metropolitan plans to replace
                  a 20-foot section of pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe with welded steel pipe.
                  The 30-mile Rialto Pipeline extends from the Devil Canyon Power Plant north of
                  San Bernardino to Metropolitan’s San Dimas Power Plant, delivering up to 450,000 gallons of
                  imported water a minute for about 6 million total residents.
                  The pipeline is the only source of supplemental water for communities served by the
                  Inland Empire Utilities Agency, which relies on Metropolitan water for about 30 percent of its
                  water supply needs. Three Valleys, which uses Metropolitan water for up to 60 percent of its
                  needs, has the ability to receive imported water through an alternate MWD pipeline.
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                    The following are helpful tips

                    The following are helpful tips for consumers in eastern Los Angeles County and western
                    <font color="0000ff">San Bernardino County as Metropolitan Water District prepares to take its Rialto Pipeline out of
                    service to make repairs.</font>
                    Shutdown begins Monday, April 16, affecting imported water supplies
                    serving communities from La Verne to Fontana.
                    THINGS TO DO NOW, BEFORE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 16
                    Beginning Thursday, April 12
                    „FƒnDo not plant new landscaping, which typically requires continual watering to establish plants,
                    shrubs and trees. Delay new plantings until after April 24.
                    „FƒnSet mowers for a higher cut than normal. Longer blades of grass help reduce evaporation. Or,
                    avoid mowing altogether.
                    „FƒnAvoid fertilizing lawns and plants prior to the shutdown. Fertilizer encourages growth,
                    which requires more water.
                    „FƒnHave a deep collection dish at the base of house plants. Fill the dish Sunday night, April 15,
                    so plants can draw on that water throughout the week.
                    „FƒnFill large containers, like trash bins, and use that water for hand watering delicate plants
                    during the week. If trash bins are filled with water, do not to try to wheel them when they are
                    full of water because they will be unstable and could fall and hurt the handler. Remove water
                    from trash bins and other large containers with a bucket to distribute it to sensitive plants.
                    „FƒnUntil Saturday, April 14, deep-water trees and shrubs by either setting out soaker hoses or
                    watering with a regular hose on a slow trickle. Water until the soil is soaked to a depth of
                    about 8¡V12 inches &#40;deeper for trees, more shallow for shrubs&#41;. Use a soil probe or a shovel to
                    determine the depth to which the water has percolated.
                    Friday, April 13
                    „FƒnDo all dirty laundry before Saturday night and then avoid using the clothes washer during the
                    period of shutdown.
                    Saturday, April 14
                    Do a normal, thorough watering of lawns, but not more than normal because the extra water will
                    be wasted. Hand-water ¡§hot¡¨ or dry spots of lawns.
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                    Sunday, April 15
                    „FƒnSet sprinkler timers to the ¡§OFF¡¨ position Sunday night, as the shutdown begins just
                    after midnight.
                    „FƒnDo final fill-ups of any large containers.
                    Monday, April 16
                    „FƒnDo not water landscapes or lawns. Do not wash cars.
                    TIPS DURING SHUTDOWN
                    „FƒnTake short showers &#40;10 minute max&#41;. Soak, turn the water off, soap up, and then turn
                    the water on, wash off. Do not use the warm shower as a sauna.
                    „FƒnAlso, put a bucket in the shower to collect the water before the shower warms up.
                    Use this water for plants.
                    „FƒnUse collected water in trash bins or bathtubs to hand-water houseplants and sensitive
                    outdoor plants and those areas of the lawn that may show excessive stress &#40;the hot
                    spots&#41;.
                    „FƒnDo not leave water running when washing dishes.
                    „FƒnRun only full loads in washing machine and dishwasher.
                    „FƒnDo not leave water running when brushing your teeth or shaving.
                    „FƒnDo not mow your lawns. Minimize the use of your lawn &#40;i.e. playing on it, leaving
                    vehicles on it&#41; to reduce stress on the turf.
                    For more water-saving tips, visit www.bewaterwise.com.
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                      Here is my answer to the reque

                      Here is my answer to the request, request is DENIED. Let me explain why i say i will not use less water, specifically why i will not water my lawn less, my flowers etc. I spend good $15k on flowers, grass etc and i am not about to take chances that it might die because i stop watering it. So i have no plans on cutting my water usage, if that makes me a bad person then on well so it be}

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                        Contact: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;2

                        Contact: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;213&#41; 217-6450; &#40;213&#41; 324-1255 mobile
                        Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213 mobile
                        April 23, 2007
                        MEDIA/PHOTO ADVISORY; ATTENTION WEEKEND EDITORS
                        EIGHT HUNDRED SOUTHLAND STUDENTS RACE SOLAR-POWERED BOATS IN FIFTH ANNUAL SOLAR CUP AT LAKE SKINNER

                        WHAT: Solar Cup, the conclusion of a six-month program in which 42 teams of
                        Southland high school students build and race solar-powered boats. Free, public
                        event draws several thousand onlookers Saturday and Sunday.
                        WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 18, 19 and 20
                        WHERE: Lake Skinner, near Temecula. Take I-15 to Rancho California Road; go
                        northeast 10 miles to main gate. Riverside County Thomas Guide page
                        930, 8-B
                        VISUALS: Eight hundred students from schools in Los Angeles, Ventura, San
                        Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties; uniquely decorated boats and
                        colorfully attired teams; boats using solar panels racing on circular course
                        &#40;Saturday&#41; and sprint-racing three abreast &#40;Sunday&#41;; teams’ judged research-
                        project visual-displays.
                        BACKGROUND:
                        Solar Cup is a six-month program of the Metropolitan Water District of
                        Southern California and its member public water agencies, in which teams of
                        high school students build and race solar-powered boats. Teams are
                        sponsored by local water agencies with $3,000 grants to equip the
                        16-foot, single-seat boats. Program concludes with three-day event: Friday,
                        May 18 is qualifying events; Saturday, May 19 is endurance competition;
                        Sunday, May 20 is sprint races and awards ceremony. Additional
                        background, video and photos are at www.mwdh2o.com; updates posted
                        throughout weekend.
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                          <font color="119911"><font face="times new roman&#44;times&#44;roman"><font size="+2">California Hunters Face Forced Spay and Neuter Law
                          Spay and Neuter Bill Passes Committee</font></font></font>


                          April 27, 2007 &#40;California&#41;



                          California sportsmen face advancing legislation that will put unnecessary hardships on sporting dog owners and outlaw the breeding of accomplished hunting dogs.



                          Assembly Bill 1634, which requires dogs over four months of age to be spayed or neutered, passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 24 by a vote of 7 to 3. The bill, sponsored by Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires dog owners to have their dogs spayed or neutered at their own expense. Registered, purebred dogs are exempt from the requirement. The bill has been re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.



                          “California sportsmen must turn the heat up on lawmakers,” said USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story. “Assembly Bill 1634 will cause unnecessary financial hardships on middle and low income sportsmen who will be forced to spay or neuter their animals, and will prevent people from breeding extremely accomplished sporting dogs simply because they are not purebred.”



                          Assembly Bill 1634 will also cause an unintended health concern for dogs and the public. There is a risk that individuals who do not comply with the new law will stop taking their dogs for veterinary care. Although the bill does not mandate that veterinarians report violators, some will fear citations and forego vet visits. As a result, the dogs will not receive regular inoculations that protect the animals and the public from disease.



                          The anti’s have marked California’s hound hunting traditions for elimination, but a vigilant sportsmen’s community continues to strike back.



                          “In recent years, California sportsmen have united to protect their hobbies and hunting interests, and it is time again to take action,” said Story.



                          Take Action! California sportsmen should contact Assembly members and let them know that the hunting dog community opposes AB 1634, an excessive bill that will devastate the future of their sport. Explain that the bill criminalizes dog owners who legitimately breed hunting dogs. Let them know you oppose the establishment of unattainable regulations to receive an exemption. To contact your assembly member, call &#40;916&#41; 445-2323 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.

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                            Contact: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;2

                            Contact: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;213&#41; 217-6450; &#40;213&#41; 324-1255 mobile
                            May 2, 2007
                            WEEKEND ADVISORY
                            SOLAR CUP PREVIEW: 41 HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
                            GATHER SATURDAY FOR BOATS’ TECHNICAL INSPECTIONS

                            Inspection precedes qualifying events at Lake Skinner
                            WHAT: Forty-one Southland high school teams gather for technical inspection of their solar-powered boat entries in the three-day Solar Cup event later this month at Lake Skinner near Temecula. Boats will be inspected and weighed; skippers will be weighed and Red Cross swim-tested. Cal-Poly Pomona students and professors give teams technical advice.
                            WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday May 5
                            WHERE: Three Valleys Municipal Water District, 1021 E Miramar Ave.,
                            Claremont. Los Angeles County Thomas Guide, page 571, 6-F.
                            VISUALS: First public look at the engineering and decoration of the 41, 16-foot-long
                            boats that will compete in 2007 Solar Cup. Boats’ unique propeller and
                            rudder configurations are unveiled. Many teams varnish the wooden hulls; others paint their boats elaborately. Students being weighed and
                            given swim tests.
                            WHO: Solar Cup teams from high schools in Anaheim, Banning, Camarillo,
                            Chino Hills, Claremont, Covina, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El
                            Monte, Fullerton, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, La Verne, Lake Elsinore,
                            Lake Forest, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Menifee, Mira Loma, Montclair,
                            Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga,
                            Riverside, San Bernardino, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San
                            Jacinto, Temecula and Upland; managers of Metropolitan Water District’s
                            Solar Cup program and May 18-20 event.
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                              Contact: Bob Muir, &#40;213&#4

                              Contact: Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
                              May 8, 2007
                              EXPANDED CENTRAL VALLEY GROUNDWATER BANKING PROGRAM
                              OFFERS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ADDITIONAL DROUGHT INSURANCE

                              Upgraded storage program with Arvin-Edison Water Storage District
                              also will help improve quality of supplies for Southern California
                              In the midst of a record dry year in Southern California, Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors today secured additional water supply insurance against future drought for the region by authorizing upgrades to a Central Valley groundwater banking program.
                              Along with solidifying the amount of water Metropolitan can receive during dry years through 2035, the enhanced agreement with Arvin-Edison Water Storage District near Bakersfield will help improve the quality of water delivered through the State Water Project to Southern California.
                              “As one of the first water banking agreements between urban and agricultural communities in California, our program with Arvin-Edison has served as a model for other similar ventures throughout the state over the past 10 years,” said Metropolitan board Chairman Timothy F. Brick.
                              “The program upgrades approved today take that partnership to the next level,” Brick said. “This will help improve the quality of our state project deliveries from Northern California by increasing our ability to exchange supplies for higher quality groundwater from Arvin-Edison. Metropolitan water currently stored in Arvin-Edison’s aquifer have concentrations of bromide and total organic carbon that are up to 80 percent lower than our state project supplies.”
                              Steve Collup, Arvin-Edison’s engineer-manager, said the Metropolitan partnership has benefited both agencies since 1997. “Building on our collaboration, we have learned how to glean even more efficiencies by working cooperatively,” Collup said.
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                              “With these improvements, the program will generate dry-year water and operational flexibility for both districts and enhance water quality for Southern California, while reducing costs and building much-needed infrastructure for farmers in the San Joaquin Valley,” Collup added.
                              The enhanced program allows Metropolitan to store up to 350,000 acre-feet of state project water at any one time in the groundwater basin under Arvin-Edison’s service area. &#40;An acre-foot of water is nearly 326,000 gallons, about the amount used by two typical Southland families in and around their homes in a year.&#41;
                              Program upgrades provide Metropolitan the ability to withdraw up to 75,000 acre-feet of water during dry years by increasing the capacity of Arvin-Edison’s South Canal. Previously, capacity issues limited Arvin-Edison’s ability to return previously banked water to Metropolitan during dry years.
                              To date, Metropolitan has stored 290,000 acre-feet and retrieved 76,000 acre-feet from the program, leaving a groundwater storage balance of 214,000 acre-feet.
                              In its action today, Metropolitan’s board authorized $13.2 million in Proposition 13 funds and $1.2 million in MWD monies to increase the capacity of Arvin-Edison’s South Canal. The state allocated Metropolitan a total of $20 million from Prop. 13 to help develop partnerships with San Joaquin Valley agricultural districts to improve the quality of water supplies delivered through the SWP’s California Aqueduct.
                              ###
                              The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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                              • #16
                                Contact: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;2

                                Contact: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;213&#41; 217-6450; &#40;213&#41; 324-1255 mobile
                                Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213 mobile
                                May 15, 2007
                                MEDIA/PHOTO ADVISORY; ATTENTION WEEKEND EDITORS
                                <font color="119911"><font size="+1">STUDENTS FROM 41 SOUTHLAND HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETE IN WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR BOAT EVENT THIS WEEKEND </font></font>
                                More than 800 students to test skills, teamwork in three-day event at Lake Skinner
                                WHAT: Solar Cup, the conclusion of a six-month program in which 41 teams of Southland high school students build and race solar-powered boats. Free, public event draws several thousand onlookers Saturday and Sunday.
                                WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 18, 19 and 20
                                WHERE: Lake Skinner, near Temecula. Take I-15 to Rancho California Road; go northeast 10 miles to main gate. Riverside County Thomas Guide page 930, 8-B
                                VISUALS: Eight hundred-fifty students from schools in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties; uniquely decorated boats and colorfully attired teams; boats using solar panels racing on circular course &#40;Saturday&#41; and sprint-racing three abreast &#40;Sunday&#41;; teams’ water issue research project visual displays.
                                BACKGROUND:
                                Solar Cup is a six-month program of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member public water agencies, in which teams of high school students build and race solar-powered boats.
                                Teams are sponsored by local water agencies with $3,000 grants to equip the 16-foot, single-seat boats. Program concludes with three-day event: Friday, May 18 is qualifying events; Saturday, May 19 is endurance competition; Sunday, May 20 is sprint races and awards ceremony.
                                Additional background, video and photos are at www.mwdh2o.com; daily updates posted throughout weekend.
                                ###
                                The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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                                • #17
                                  NOTE TO EDITORS: Solar Cup pre

                                  NOTE TO EDITORS: Solar Cup press kits, b-roll, high school contacts available upon request.
                                  Contacts: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;213&#41; 217-6450; &#40;213&#41; 324-1255, mobile
                                  Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 217-6930; &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
                                  May 15, 2007
                                  <font color="ff6000"><font size="+1">SOLAR-POWERED BOATS BUILT BY HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
                                  READY FOR ULTIMATE TEST STARTING THIS FRIDAY, MAY 18 </font></font>

                                  Students labor for six months on boats for this weekend’s fifth annual Solar Cup™ competition
                                  Beginning Friday, May 18, the engineering skills, teamwork and ingenuity of more than 800 Southland high school students will be put to the test in one of the most unique educational competitions in the country as the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California hosts the fifth annual Solar Cup event at Lake Skinner, near Temecula.
                                  The three-day event kicks off Friday as teams of students qualify their solar-powered boats, followed by endurance races Saturday, May 19, and sprint races Sunday, May 20.
                                  “This is truly a story of hard work, determination, teamwork and intellect,’’ Solar Cup coordinator Julie Miller, a state-certified teacher in Metropolitan’s education programs. “What also is inspiring is the camaraderie. Even though high school teams are competing against one another, they also will pitch in to help each other.”
                                  Since building identical hulls in December from kits supplied by Metropolitan, students have worked nights and weekends to maximize their boats’ endurance, speed and efficiencies. Using grants from local water agencies and others, they have equipped the 16-foot-long shells with solar panels, batteries, electrical systems, drivetrains, propellers and rudders.
                                  Many teams added custom paint jobs, posh upholstery and upscale dashboard gauges—even color-coordinated team apparel. For instance, three-time Solar Cup winner Canyon High School of Anaheim, which placed eighth last year, is vowing a comeback in its sleek black-and-gold boat with James Bond’s “007” theme.
                                  “About 850 students from 41 schools in five counties are competing this year,” Miller said. “Nearly half are newcomers, and the rest are veteran teams.”
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                                  -2-
                                  While a cargo bin served as the workshop for Norco High School team, other Solar Cup teams toiled away in school boiler rooms, family garages, art rooms, and wood and metal shops to figure out how to squeeze the most speed and endurance from their boats.
                                  Teams faced a variety of challenges leading up to the event, such as writing the four required technical reports that were evaluated by professors and students at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Other difficulties, students said, were managing their time effectively; getting team members to show up and work; building their boat’s drive train; even putting out electrical-system fires.
                                  The easiest and most enjoyable aspects? Students said they liked building the hulls from the six pieces of marine-grade plywood, which Metropolitan provided; and the teamwork. Many students said they also look forward to three days of food, camping and competing.
                                  The best part of the experience has been “Working and eating together and laughing at our mistakes,” Nogales’ team replied to a questionnaire.
                                  “Trying out new ideas,” said the team at Arlington High School in Riverside. “Seeing your creation become a reality from ideas and hard work,” answered students on the Solar Cup team at Temecula’s Chaparral High School.
                                  Metropolitan sets no size, age or gender requirements for teams, although all participants must be registered at the school. Some, like La Puente and San Jacinto high schools, have just four students on their teams, while Nogales and Upland High School have 40 students on theirs. Moreno Valley’s Rancho Verde High School’s team carries 63 students.
                                  “One interesting and admirable development is that many of the teams have more girls than boys,” Miller said. “Ten years ago that would have been rare to see so many girls involved in a project that focuses so much on engineering, math and construction. We think it’s great.”
                                  Also rewarding to Solar Cup sponsors and organizers is that not all of the participants are high school seniors, as was more the case in the competition’s early years. Today, many teams include freshmen, sophomores and juniors. One team, in fact, has no seniors.
                                  To even the playing field for the contenders, Metropolitan prohibits teams from spending more than the $3,000 grant they have received from their sponsors to equip the hulls that Metropolitan provides; requires returning teams to build a new boat each year; and scores the newcomer and veteran teams in separate categories.
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                                  -3-
                                  The high hopes of all 41 teams will be challenged beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, when the boats will be given 35-step inspections on land and water to make sure they are seaworthy, safe, and meet all regulations.
                                  Saturday, the teams will attach solar collection panels to the boats and race around a 1.6-kilometer, asymmetrical course in a 90-minute endurance race.
                                  Sunday, teams remove solar panels and, using solar energy stored in batteries, sprint three abreast down a 200-meter course—drag racing on water. The day concludes with an awards ceremony at which trophies are presented for first-, second- and third-place; sportsmanship; teamwork; best-looking boat; and best visual display, among others.
                                  Solar Cup events begin at 8 a.m. each day. Lake Skinner recreation area is at 37701 Warren Road, off Rancho California Road, about 10 miles north of Temecula. The events and exhibits are open to the public free of charge.
                                  Scores will be posted each evening at “www.mwdh2o.com.”
                                  ###
                                  The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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                                    Contacts: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;

                                    Contacts: Rob Hallwachs, &#40;213&#41; 324-1255, mobile
                                    Bob Muir, &#40;213&#41; 324-5213, mobile
                                    May 20, 2007
                                    <font color="ff6000"><font size="+1">SUN-POWERED BOATS FROM DIAMOND BAR HIGH SCHOOL AND PAMELA COUNTY PARK, DUARTE, WIN SOLAR CUPS FOR VETERANS, NEWCOMERS </font></font>
                                    Nearly 900 Students on 41 Teams Compete in Fifth Annual Competition at Lake Skinner; Program Stresses Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Water Conservation, Resource Management
                                    TEMECULA, CA—Solar-powered boats built and raced by teams from Diamond Bar High School and Pamela County Park in Duarte won first place today in the Veteran and Rookie divisions, respectively, of the fifth-annual Solar Cup™ competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California at Lake Skinner.
                                    Teams from 41 high schools in five Southland counties competed in the three-day Solar Cup event, the culmination of a six-month education program in which high school students apply engineering and math skills, and learn more about water conservation and resource-management.
                                    Teams are sponsored with grants of $3,000 by their local water agencies, municipalities, service clubs, and other supporters. With more than 800 students participating, Solar Cup is the world’s largest solar boat competition.
                                    “Solar Cup, and its focus on renewable energy, resource-management and conservation, has taken on extra importance since this year has become the driest year ever in California,” said Timothy Brick, chairman of Metropolitan’s board of directors.
                                    In addition to building, equipping and racing their solar-powered boats, the Solar Cup program requires the students to write four technical reports, and to research and present a visual display on a water resource-related issue.
                                    “Solar Cup is a great event and I enjoy attending every year,” said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger. “This year—the driest on record in California—I

                                    especially appreciate the water conservation and resource-management lessons it helps to get out to the students, their families and the public.”
                                    Diamond Bar High School’s team took home the Solar Cup first-place traveling trophy for the second consecutive year—this year winning the new Veteran category. Diamond Bar also won first place in Saturday’s 1.2-kilometer solar endurance race, and was judged to have the Best Veteran Technical Report. Millikan High School of Long Beach won second place overall in the Veteran category.
                                    In the Rookie category, the team from the after-school group of Duarte High School students at Pamela County Park won the first-place traveling trophy. The team also won second place in the Rookie division for today’s 200-meter sprint races.
                                    Charter Oak High School of Covina won first place in the Veteran category in today’s 200-meter sprint races. Diamond Bar took second place in the Veteran category for the sprint races
                                    Canyon Springs High School of Moreno Valley won Best Visual Display in the Veteran category; Lakeside High School of Lake Elsinore won Best Rookie Visual Display.
                                    The Solar Cup team from Anaheim High School won the Bart Bezyack Spirit of Solar Cup Award for sportsmanship. The Teamwork Award went to the team from Adolpho Camarillo High School in Camarillo. Rancho Verde High School of Moreno Valley won Hottest-Looking Boat in the Veteran category. Arlington High School of Riverside won Hottest-Looking Boat in the Rookie category and first-place in the Rookie category for today’s 200-meter sprint races.
                                    Other second-place trophies went to Canyon Springs High School of Moreno Valley for Veteran Technical Report; Damien High School of La Verne for Rookie Technical Report; Jurupa Valley High School of Mira Loma for Veteran Solar Endurance; Paloma Valley High School of Menifee for Rookie Solar Endurance; and Claremont High School for Veteran Visual Display.
                                    ###
                                    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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                                      Assembly Vote Imminent for California Spay & Neuter Bill
                                      Sportsmen's immediate action needed


                                      May 25, 2007 (California)



                                      California sportsmen should contact state Assemblymen immediately to oppose advancing legislation that will put unnecessary hardships on sporting dog owners and severely restrict the breeding of accomplished hunting dogs.

                                      Assembly Bill 1634, which requires dogs over four months of age to be spayed or neutered, is on the Assembly floor and could be brought for a vote at any time. The legislation, sponsored by Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires dog owners to have their dogs spayed or neutered at their own expense.

                                      “Sportsmen must get on the phone today and explain to assembly members that AB 1634 is a devastating blow to sportsmen who hunt with dogs,” said USSA Vice President for Government Affairs Rob Sexton. “It will wipe out the breeding of accomplished sporting dogs that do not meet strict criteria and will cause unnecessary financial hardships on middle and low income sportsmen who will be forced to spay or neuter their animals.”

                                      Assembly Bill 1634 will also cause an unintended health concern for dogs and the public. There is a risk that individuals who do not comply with the new law will stop taking their dogs for veterinary care. Although the bill does not mandate that veterinarians report violators, some will fear citations and forego vet visits. As a result, the dogs will not receive regular inoculations that protect the animals and the public from disease.

                                      “The anti’s have marked California’s hound hunting traditions for elimination, and it is again time for the state’s vigilant sportsman community to strike back,” said Sexton.

                                      Assembly Bill 1634 passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on April 24 by a vote of 7 to 3, and passed the Committee on Appropriations May 16 by a vote of 10 to 6.

                                      Take Action! California sportsmen should contact Assembly members and let them know that the hunting dog community opposes AB 1634, an excessive bill that will devastate the future of their sport. Explain that the bill criminalizes dog owners who legitimately breed hunting dogs. Let them know you oppose the establishment of unattainable regulations to receive an exemption. To contact your assembly member, call (916) 445-2323 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.

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                                        Mandatory Spay and Neuter Bill Marching Through California Legislature
                                        Legislation will devastate sporting dog owners


                                        June 8, 2007 (California)



                                        Legislation that will put an end to the breeding of many hunting dogs has passed the California Assembly. Immediate grassroots action is needed to stop the legislation.

                                        Assembly Bill 1634, which requires dogs over four months of age to be spayed or neutered, advanced to the senate after it passed the Assembly on June 6 by a vote of 41 to 38. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, requires dog owners to have their dogs spayed or neutered at their own expense. The bill exempts a handful of purebred animals that meet specific qualifications, and licensed breeders, but provides no protection for sportsmen who hunt mixed breed dogs or want to breed their accomplished companions.

                                        “It is absurd to think that the government ought have the right to tell Californians whether their hunting dogs qualify to be bred,” said USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story. “Sportsmen must redouble efforts and tell senators that this bill will wipe out the breeding of accomplished sporting dogs that do not meet strict criteria. Further, it will impose significant financial hardships on middle and low income sportsmen who will be forced to spay or neuter their animals.”

                                        Assembly Bill 1634 will cause a secondary unintended health concern for dogs and the public. Individuals who do not comply with the new law may stop taking their dogs for veterinary care. Although the bill does not mandate that veterinarians report violators, some will fear citations and forego vet visits. As a result, the dogs will not receive regular inoculations that protect the animals and the public from disease.

                                        Take Action! California sportsmen should contact their senators and let them know that the hunting dog community opposes AB 1634, an excessive bill that will devastate the future of their sport. Explain that the bill will criminalize dog owners who legitimately breed hunting dogs, and establish unattainable regulations to receive a breeding exemption. To find and contact your senator, use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org or call (916) 651-4171.

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