Watershed management comes to CSUSB

By Kenny Johnson |Staff Writer|

There will be less water going to waste at CSUSB.

The school is the newest recipient of a federal grant that will provide 200 internships in watershed management.

The grants are directed to underrepresented students at 14 CSU campuses that are designated as Hispanic-serving institutions.

The other CSU campuses include: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, San Diego, San Marcos and Stanislaus.

The grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

“This award represents an exciting opportunity for 200 underrepresented CSU students to gain knowledge of water management techniques that are essential to our nation’s efforts to sustain reliable water supplies in the 21st century,” said Congressman Joe Baca.

The first year of the grant will see $500,695 given and is to be split among the 14 designated schools. Depending on the availability of the funds and satisfactory progress of the program, the grant’s subsequent years would each provide $500,000 through 2014.

The grant will provide students with opportunities that range from working on campus with designated faculty members to working with federal agencies such as the National Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

It also includes state agencies such as the California Resources Agency, local agencies, water districts and resource conservation districts along with non-profit organizations, such as watershed councils.

The interns will gain knowledge of what watershed management is and the techniques that are important to develop, preserve and sustain water supplies.

The CSU campuses will also have additional resources to raise the awareness of career opportunities in water resource development and conservation. In addition, there are academic opportunities for the underrepresented students to gain the knowledge and skills that are necessary for careers in water resources.

The Water Resource Institute opened the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation Demonstration Garden on June 3, which can be found on CSUSB’s campus.  More information about the garden is on their web site garden.csusb.edu.

The garden is just over an acre of plantings and displays that showcase water conservation through a series of themed gardens and exhibits.

“When witnessing them build the garden I was wondering what are they putting there? When it was all finished it actually made the part of the campus very beautiful.” said student Jessica Moore.

The Garden was made possible by major gifts from three local donors, the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District.

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