Helix Water District announced the winners of its annual high school photo contest today at a regular meeting of the agency’s board of directors.
Thirteen students and their work were honored with first, second and third places in color and black & white categories, as well as a title of best-in-show.
Best-in-Show Zahra Nazeri
First Place Anthony Moreno, Color Mohammed Jiyad, Black & White
Second Place Michelle Bristol, Color Austin Finch, Black & White
Third Place Gonzalo Leon Garcia, Color Destiny Kassab, Black & White
Honorable Mention (Color) Stephanie Szumilas Gonzalo Leon Garcia Kawther Fadhil Eduardo Silva Chrestina Polus Erik Jared Martinez
Honorable Mention (Black & White) Angel Ramirez
Students got $250 for best in show, $200 for first place, $100 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for honorable mention. All winners received a certificate, ribbon and 16-gigabyte flash drive.
Celebrating its 15th year, the competition was created to bring awareness to water issues in East County.
All high schools within the Helix service area were eligible to participate. This year, 96 photos were submitted from four high schools: El Cajon Valley, El Capitan, Grossmont and Mount Miguel.
This summer, winners and several additional entries will be on display in a rotating exhibit in the district’s administration building lobby at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.
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Best in Show 2017, taken by Zahra Nazeri
1st Place Black & White 2017, taken by Mohammed Jiyad
The Hidden One
1st Place Color 2017, taken by Anthony Moreno
2nd Place Black & White 2017, taken by Austin Finch
Walking on Reflections
2nd Place Color 2017, taken by Michelle Bristol
3rd Place Black & White 2017, taken by Destiny Kassab
3rd Place Color 2017, taken by Gonzalo Leon Garcia
White and Black
Honorable Mention Black & White 2017, taken by Angel Ramirez
Honorable Mention Color 2017, taken by Kawther Fadhil
Take It Slow
Honorable Mention Color 2017, taken by Gonzalo Leon Garcia
Honorable Mention Color 2017, taken by Erik Jared Martinez
Side Water Drop
Honorable Mention Color 2017, taken by Chrestina Polus
Life of the Sea
Honorable Mention Color 2017, taken by Eduardo Silva
Honorable Mention Color 2017, taken by Stephanie Szumilas
Don Cameron, general manager of Terranova Ranch in the San Joaquin Valley, is flooding 700 acres of olive groves, baby pistachio trees, alfalfa and wine grapes with water from the Kings River. “We have a great reservoir under our feet,” he says. “Why not use it?”
Photo: Yosemite National Park on April 5, 2017 (National Park Service)
Jay Lund, Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at University of California, Davis, said of the recently ended drought, “We lost a third of our water supply and the impact to the agricultural economy was a 2-3 percent loss and urban economy had almost no economic impact. To me that’s remarkable.” Past droughts may be why California’s economy and most jobs made it through the driest four-year period on record, because each drought brings changes in water policy that bolster our resilience.
SACRAMENTO – Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ended the drought state of emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices, such as watering during or right after rainfall.
“This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” said Governor Brown. “Conservation must remain a way of life.”
Executive Order B-40-17 lifts the drought emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne, where emergency drinking water projects will continue to help address diminished groundwater supplies. Today’s order also rescinds two emergency proclamations from January and April 2014 and four drought–relatedexecutiveorders issued in 2014 and 2015.
Executive Order B-40-17 builds on actions taken in Executive Order B-37-16, which remains in effect, to continue making water conservation a way of life in California:
The State Water Resources Control Board will maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.
The state will continue its work to coordinate a statewide response on the unprecedented bark beetle outbreak in drought-stressed forests that has killed millions of trees across California.
In a related action, state agencies today issued a plan to continue to make conservation a way of life in California, as directed by Governor Brown in May 2016. The framework requires new legislation to establish long-term water conservation measures and improved planning for more frequent and severe droughts.
Although the severely dry conditions that afflicted much of the state starting in the winter of 2011-12 are gone, damage from the drought will linger for years in many areas. The drought reduced farm production in some regions, killed an estimated 100 million trees, harmed wildlife and disrupted drinking water supplies for many rural communities. The consequences of millions of dead trees and the diminished groundwater basins will continue to challenge areas of the state for years.
The full text of today’s executive order can be found here.
California’s Drought Response The drought that spanned water years 2012 through 2016 included the driest four-year statewide precipitation on record (2012-2015) and the smallest Sierra-Cascades snowpack on record (2015, with 5 percent of average). It was marked by extraordinary heat: 2014, 2015 and 2016 were California’s first, second and third warmest year in terms of statewide average temperatures.
The state responded to the emergency with actions and investments that also advanced the California Water Action Plan, the Administration’s five-year blueprint for more reliable, resilient water systems to prepare for climate change and population growth. To advance the priorities of the Water Action Plan and respond to drought, the voters passed a comprehensive water bond, the Legislature appropriated and accelerated funding and state agencies accelerated grants and loans to water projects.
California also enacted the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, took action to improve measurement and management of water, retrofitted tens of thousands of inefficient toilets, replaced lawns with water-wise landscaping and provided safe drinking water to impacted communities.
Californians also responded to the drought with tremendous levels of water conservation, including a nearly 25 percent average reduction in urban water use across the state.
If just five more inches of precipitation falls in the Northern Sierra before September 30, then 2017 would become the wettest year on record in California. What are the chances? Pretty good, actually. A new storm is forecast to drop two to six inches of rain and snow in the region today through Sunday. Even if you don’t read the whole San Francisco Chronicle story, enjoy the slideshow of the snow levels in Lake Tahoe.