WRD's 6th Annual Groundwater Festival "Treasure Beneath Our Feet" Incredible Success

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Attendees learn about groundwater and its vital importance to the region

LAKEWOOD, Calif.,  March 16, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Water Replenishment
District of  Southern California  (WRD) kicked off its 6th Annual Groundwater
Festival "Treasure Beneath Our Feet" Saturday at its headquarters in  Lakewood,
California, with nearly 3,000 community participants enjoying the festivities
and engaging the festival's presenters.

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"WRD is proud to host this successful community event that raises the public's
awareness about our most fundamental local public resource - our groundwater,"
said  Albert Robles, WRD's Board President. "As the cost of imported water from
the Colorado River and  Northern California  continue to rise, our reliance on
our local groundwater supply becomes even more important in keeping water
affordable. And this event helps to highlight the need to protect our precious
public resource."  

On hand were more than 40 non-profit, federal, state and local government
agencies that provided interactive water conservation, environmental and
eco-gardening information and lessons. The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Cabrillo
Marine Aquarium and the Southeast Community Development Center showcased a
mobile aquarium, a live starfish exhibit and WRD's award winning ECO Gardener
"Design your own Landscape" program.

Mr. Wilbert from  Long Beach  won this year's WRD Groundwater Festival grand
prize, an LG Electronics High Efficiency Front Load Washer.

ABC7 Eyewitness News Reporter Rudabeh Shahbazi served as the 2013 Master of
Ceremonies during the WRD Groundwater Ambassador Awards presentation. This year,
the WRD Board of Directors presented the award to Congressman  Alan Lowenthal 
for leading the charge to solve of the region's toughest water challenges,
increasing water conservation and for his unrelenting efforts to protect and
increase our regional groundwater supply.

The WRD Groundwater Festival, "Treasure Beneath Our Feet," coincides with
National Groundwater Awareness Week, which runs from  March 10  - 16, which
recognizes the importance of groundwater as an indispensable and renewable
resource across the nation.  Locally, groundwater is vital to south  Los Angeles
County  because it is responsible for providing almost half of the water supply
to the region's 4 million residents, which represent 10 percent of the State's

The WRD Groundwater Festival event was made possible through the generous
financial support of Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Golden
State Water Company, KABC Eyewitness News, the Metropolitan Water District,
Sanitation Districts of  Los Angeles County, Starbucks Coffee, West Basin
Municipal Water District,  Park Water, Los Angeles County Department of Public
Works, CH2MHill and many more

For more information on WRD and the Groundwater Festival "Treasure Beneath Our
Feet" event please visit  www.wrd.org.

The Water Replenishment District of  Southern California  is the regional
groundwater management agency that protects and preserves the quantity and
quality of groundwater for two of the most utilized urban basins in the  State
of California. The service area is home to over ten percent of  California's
population residing in 43 cities in southern  Los Angeles County. WRD is
governed by a publicly elected Board of Directors which includes  Willard H.
Murray, Jr.,  Robert Katherman,  Lillian Kawasaki,  Sergio Calderon, and  Albert


SOURCE  Water Replenishment District of  Southern California

Elsa Lopez, +1-562-631-1518, elopez@wrd.org

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