The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) is hosting its 3rd Annual Groundwater Festival “Treasure Beneath Our Feet” on Saturday, March 13 from 10am to 2pm at the WRD headquarters located at 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood. The free event will have interactive educational activities and exhibits on water resources, water conservation and the environment. Event participants include the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and Southern California Edison’s Eco-Mobile.
During the event, the WRD Board of Directors will present the WRD Groundwater Ambassador Awards to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for successfully securing the passage of California’s historic water legislation and Assemblyman Tony Mendoza and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for their contributions to water conservation and water issues in the region.
The Groundwater Festival is part of National Groundwater Awareness Week (March 7-13), which recognizes the importance of groundwater as a valuable and renewable resource across the nation. According to the National Groundwater Association, about half of the U.S. population receives its drinking water from groundwater, and more than 90 percent of the fresh water around the world is groundwater.