The Bedford Coldwater Groundwater Sustainability Authority (BCGSA) was formed as a result of a Joint Powers Agreement on March 29, 2017 to create a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) consisting of the City of Corona, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, and Temescal Valley Water District. The BCGSA will act as the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for the Bedford Coldwater Groundwater Subbasin (Subbasin), a subbasin of the Elsinore Groundwater Basin. The BCGSA will be responsible for creating a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) to achieve long-term groundwater sustainability in the Subbasin in accordance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), legislation passed in California in 2014. The SGMA is designed to give local control to the sustainable management of groundwater supplies. Each of the BCGSA’s member agencies overlie a portion of the Subbasin and exercise water management, water supply, or land use authority within a portion of the Subbasin. Together as the BCGSA, these three agencies understand the critical need to be proactive and collaborate to sustainably manage their groundwater resources.
Joint Powers Authority Board Members
Jacque Casillas, Director
City of Corona
Jacque Casillas was elected to the Corona City Council in 2018. She was born and raised in the Grand Boulevard circle and attended school in the award-winning CNUSD school district where she graduated from Corona High School. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and further pursued her passion for public service by earning a Masters degree in Public Policy from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Jacque began working with the community to drive civic engagement in 2008. Since then, she has led countywide voter registration efforts, personally mentored over eighty local youth, created dozens of informational community forums, and has earned a reputation as an effective and collaborative leader. In 2016, Jacque managed the citizen-led effort to update the way we vote for our city council members to ensure every Coronan has a councilmember in their neighborhood.
Today, Jacque is a healthcare advocate with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Jacque has called Corona home her entire life, and lives in District 1 with her husband, Zach and their Labrador Retriever, Xiao Mei.
Phil Williams, Vice-Chairman
Director Williams is a real estate broker, with 24 years of experience in property sales in the Lake Elsinore and surrounding areas. He is also a licensed general contractor and a life-long resident of Lake Elsinore. Elected to the Board in 2001, he also served a partial term in 1998. Director Williams served as Board President in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2016 and serves or has served on the Engineering and Operations, Legislation, Conservation & Outreach and Finance and Administration Committees. He currently serves on Boards of the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA JPA), San Jacinto River Watershed Council, ACWA JPIA, and Local Agency Formation Commission. He also attends meetings on the District’s behalf for the following organizations:
Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce (Alt), Horsethief Canyon HOA, Temescal MAC, City of Lake Elsinore Projects (City group), Canyon Lake Water Subcommittee, Quail Valley Environmental Coalition
Paul Rodriguez, Chairman
Chairman Paul Rodriguez is also the Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Temescal Valley Water District Board of Directors.
BCGSA Member Agencies
City of Corona
The Department of Water and Power has served the City since 1886, and their mission is to protect public health by providing the highest quality water, reclaimed water and electric service, as well as efficient water reclamation. They take great pride in being able to serve the community and always strive to provide our customers with the best possible service. As such, they are constantly looking for new and more efficient ways to increase the quality and quantity of the City’s water supply.
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
EVMWD, a public non-profit agency, was created on December 23, 1950 under the Municipal Water District Act of 1911. As a special district, EVMWD’s powers include provision of public water service, water supply development and planning, wastewater treatment and disposal, and recycling. Currently, the district has over 42,000 water, wastewater and agricultural service connections.
The Elsinore Valley exists today because of water. Located in a desert region, early settlers made do with scarce local water resources. Life was hard. Today, the Valley is thriving. It supports a $287 million local economy and an enviable quality of life – all supported by water. From their formation in 1950, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District has worked to harness local water resources and provide their customers with a safe, affordable water supply.
Temescal Valley Water District
Nestled in the foothills of the Cleveland National Forest is Temescal Valley Water District, the local purveyor of potable and reclaimed water for residents within the Temescal Valley area. TVWD also provides wastewater collection, treatment and disposal for the Temescal Valley residents, including the Butterfield Estates and California Meadows communities.
Since it was originally formed as the Lee Lake Water District in 1965, many changes have taken place in the Temescal Valley and in the Water District itself. What was once land farmed for citrus crops is now home to numerous residential communities, businesses and industrial parks. However, the one constant over this period of time has been the local Water District and its commitment to provide personal, reliable and efficient service to its customers.