The recent rainstorms made the San Juan and Trabuco Creeks picturesque for the project tours hosted by the Santa Margarita Water District last week. Potential project beneficiaries caught a quick pedicab ride to the confluence of the two creeks, near the proposed locations of the rubber dams in Phase 1. Guests gained a better understanding of project specifics, impacts and benefits, while enjoying the ambiance. 

The San Juan Watershed Project held its Public Scoping Meeting earlier this month, with nearly 50 residents and stakeholders in attendance. The project proposes a 2.8 billion-gallon local, reliable water supply for South Orange County residents.  


If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, click here to view the presentation.

The project team will incorporate public comments in plans to study the environmental impacts of the proposed project, with an EIR expected later this year. Residents can continue to offer comments ahead of the EIR until February 2, 2017. Send comments to Tom Barnes, environmental consultant for the project, via email at or mail to Tom Barnes, ESA, 626 Wilshire Blv., Ste. 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90017. 

sjws-31 The project team is made up of representatives from the Santa Margarita Water District and the South Coast Water District.