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

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

Attendees learn about groundwater and its vital importance to the region

PR Newswire

LAKEWOOD, Calif., March 16, 2013

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 population.

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

Website: http://www.wrd.org
Contact: Elsa Lopez, +1-562-631-1518, elopez@wrd.org
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