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EVMWD helps to preserve local bees

 

Last updated 5/24/2019 at 11:03am



LAKE ELSINORE – Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District is implementing a Bee Keeper First program to help protect local bee populations while ensuring safety within the community through relocating bees found in water meter boxes or at district facilities.

Whenever possible, staff will contact a beekeeper to have the hive removed and relocated, through the Beekeeper First Program. The cost effective and environmentally friendly approach was realized through a regional partnership with Eastern Municipal Water District, Rancho California Water District and local beekeepers. Through this partnership, local bee populations within a combined 800 square miles will be safely relocated.

“The decline of bees has serious environmental and agricultural impacts, locally and globally,” EVWMD board President Andy Morris said. “This program is one way that EVMWD can protect our local bees and the safety of our community.”

It is estimated that bees are responsible for the pollination of $15 billion worth of crops around the United States, including many of the foods that people eat in the Valley. A healthy bee population ensures more abundant crop yields, which provides both economic and health benefits to the region.

Should a customer discover a bee hive in their water meter box or at a water district property, they are encouraged to avoid the area and contact EVMWD at (951) 674-3146. After this year’s super blooms, the number of bee hives is expected to increase from prior years.

EVMWD provides service to more than 155,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-square mile area in western Riverside County. The district is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD at http://www.evmwd.com for additional information.

Submitted by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

 

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