FALLBROOK — Keith Lewinger and Jack Bebee of Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) will present details of the Santa Margarita Conjunctive Use Project at an upcoming meeting of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC).
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 28, at 5 p.m. at FLC’s Palomares House, 1815 South Stage Coach Lane, and is open to the public.
The goal of the Conjunctive Use Project, a joint venture between Camp Pendleton, the US Bureau of Reclamation and FPUD, is to improve water supply reliability for Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton by better managing the yields of the lower Santa Margarita River.
As part of the project the 1,384 acre property owned by FPUD would be permanently preserved for passive recreational use to help protect water quality in the river.
The FLC’s Trails Council currently maintains an extensive system of hiking and riding trails on this property through an agreement with FPUD.
“This project could have important, positive environmental impacts for Fallbrook,” said Wallace Tucker, FLC chairman. “In addition to providing a much-needed water supply, it will preserve and allow continued public access to one of the most beautiful and significant natural habitats in our area.”
Lewinger has been FPUD’s general manager since 1999 and has represented FPUD on the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors since 2001.
He was also chair of the authority’s Water Planning Committee and currently represents the San Diego County Water Authority on the Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors.
Bebee recently joined FPUD as the engineering and planning manager.
The Fallbrook Land Conservancy, a private nonprofit organization, owns and manages 1,848 acres of permanently protect open space in the area.
For more information on the meeting, Santa Margarita trails or ways to support the FLC, call (760) 728-0889 or visit http://www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org.