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Groundwater Guardian Affiliate
Promoting Shared Responsibility
ACWD has been designated as a Groundwater Guardian Affiliate for 17 years in a row (1998-2014).  Groundwater Guardian Affiliates are entities at the state, regional, or other level that work to promote shared responsibility for groundwater protection by providing services and assisting communities with their local groundwater protection activities.

As a groundwater guardian affiliate, ACWD's Result Oriented Services have included:
  • Continued outreach efforts to area schools. Over 700 students participated in programs that stress the importance of groundwater during the 2013-2014 school year. Another 45 classes received materials about groundwater. Pamphlets and brochures explaining the importance and benefits of groundwater protection, pollution prevention, and water conservation methods were distributed at public events as well as in water bill inserts.
  • In honor of Groundwater Awareness Week (March 9-15), a special groundwater presentation was given to four Advance Placement Environmental classes at two High Schools within the Service Area (Irvington and Mission San Jose High School)
  • Updated two components of the district's groundwater management plan, including groundwater monitoring and reporting on groundwater conditions.
  • Successfully implemented ACWD Ordinance No. 2010-01, "An Ordinance of the Alameda County Water District to regulate Wells, Exploratory Holes, and Other Excavations, within the Cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City".
  • Continued to digitize historical maps to assist in locating abandoned wells. 

View more information regarding the Groundwater Guardian Affiliate Program.