Benefits

How Replenish Big Bear benefits our water supply, environment, and community

Big Bear Valley is special in many ways—and they all connect to water.

There's no question that Big Bear Valley is a special place. Our unique, four season playground offers endless beauty and recreation. Adequate water supplies are essential in supporting the many parts of Big Bear that make it such a great place to call home - from our lake, to our mountains, and everything in between. Read on to learn more about how Replenish Big Bear protects our community's quality of life.

Our Valley's water supports:

20K RESIDENTS

living in Big Bear Valley

8.3 MILLION

visitors each year

155 ACRES

dedicated for endangered fish habitat and wildlife

 

IN THE VALLEY

More water

Keeping more of our water in the Valley ensures that Big Bear will continue to thrive, even during times of drought.

Treated water currently being pumped out of the Valley will be purified and used locally. This new high quality water source will meet our current and future needs by increasing water levels throughout the Valley and recharging our groundwater basin, our sole source of drinking water.

SUSTAINABLE, DROUGHT-PROOF WATER SUPPLY
REPLENISHED LAKE LEVELS
up to

5 feet

higher in dry years

600 million gallons

of additional clean water produced each year to supplement supplies in Big Bear Valley
PROTECTION FOR DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES

20

percent

of our area's needed groundwater supply sustained, which is the Valley's sole source of drinking water 
up to
 

FOR OUR WILDLIFE

More water

With a continuous source of clean water, Big Bear Valley's fish and wildlife can continue to thrive.

Big Bear Valley is home to many rare fish and wildlife whose health depends on healthy habitat and water. The high quality water produced through Replenish Big Bear will be added to Shay Pond and Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve, providing a constant and drought-proof source to restore wetland habitat and sustain our area's diverse species, such as the endangered Unarmored Threespined Stickleback fish.

 

FOR OUR COMMUNITY

More water

More water in the Valley means more water for our residents and visitors to enjoy, and a more secure drinking water supply during times of drought.

Big Bear is rich with recreational opportunities throughout the year, from our lake to our mountains, and our miles of trails in between. Higher lake levels resulting from Replenish Big Bear will support continued recreation in Big Bear’s tourism-driven economy. During wet periods, excess water could also be used to create additional snow for winter recreation. Replenish Big Bear will also recharge the Valley's groundwater basin with clean water, which will protect our community’s drinking water supply and provide water security during times of drought to our community's residents.  

"Together, we will keep a valuable water resource in the Valley. The benefits of the project will support recreation so our tourism economy can continue to thrive, improve the habitat for our area's fish and wildlife, and protect our essential water supplies for years to come."

- David Lawrence, BBARWA General Manager

Working today to secure water for a thriving Big Bear Valley tomorrow.
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