March 29, 2019
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Correction: The April 10 Board Meeting at the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant will be held at 11 a.m.

In this Issue: 

Zone 7 Board of Directors Get a Firsthand Look at Local Water Storage Project

On March 5th, the Zone 7 Board of Directors held a joint board meeting with the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD). The meeting was a key step in the continued strategic advancement to secure local storage and conveyance solutions for Zone 7 as well as an opportunity to connect with regional partners in pursuing shared goals. The meeting included a presentation on the status of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project by CCWD staff and a tour of the Los Vaqueros Dam, the Old River Intake and the Transfer Facility Pump Station. In attendance were President Ramirez Holmes, Director Gambs, Director Sanwong and former Director Stevens. It was a great opportunity for Board members to see firsthand one of several projects in the Agency’s multi-pronged approach to ensuring long-term water supply and reliability for Zone 7.  "For the Zone 7 Board, participation in the first two phases of this project represents a lesson learned from the drought. We heard from our constituents that they wanted the Agency to pursue additional local storage. We are making the investment so that we can evaluate and study the best options moving forward," noted President Ramirez Holmes.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., April. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.
Where: Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant (RSVP here)

Date: Wed., April. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority Meeting (if needed)

Date: Wed., April 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore  

Zone 7's Board Members look out over Los Vaqueros Dam.

Los Vaqueros is an off-stream reservoir nestled in the foothills between Brentwood and Livermore. It is operated by Contra Costa Water District and currently has 160,000 acre-feet of storage capacity with a proposed increase to 275,000 acre-feet. The reservoir and the proposed expansion project, which is currently being pursued by Zone 7 along with twelve other potential partners, would provide increased municipal, agricultural, and industrial water supply, and improve drinking water quality. Most importantly, the expansion project will provide crucial operational flexibility for Zone 7 as water supply and delivery options are becoming more uncertain in light of regulatory and climate constraints. The expansion may also include the construction of the new Transfer-Bethany Pipeline which would allow Zone 7 access to stored water, a crucial element for when there are pumping restrictions in the Delta preventing Zone 7 from accessing State Water Project water allocations, thus adding much needed operational flexibility, particularly in times of drought. Director Gambs commented that he was pleased with the conveyance advantages of the project and saw great benefit in the formal cooperation amongst the regional water supply partners.


In addition to the water supply and storage benefits, the greater Los Vaqueros watershed has a rich history and provides recreational and conservation benefits to the region. The watershed consists of 20,000 acres, most of which is grassland. The area is sustainably grazed to manage and maintain the land. It is home to five breeding pairs of Golden Eagles and a host of other wildlife. The reservoir is a beloved by many as hiking and fishing spot. There are 50+ miles of trails and the reservoir has a healthy fishery, stocked with 52,000 pounds of trout and 16,000 pounds of catfish annually. If you haven’t visited before, it is definitely worth a trip, especially now while the hills are green and alive with activity. Visit to plan your visit.

Join us for a FREE Lawn to Garden Party!

Sunday, May 5th, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Not like any other lawn party!  This hand-on workshop will give you the tools you need to convert your water-thirsty lawn into an attractive garden using the sheet-mulch method all in one day, for FREE!

Register for the event here:

Upcoming Events

  • April 10, 11 am – PPWTP Upgrades and Ozonation Project Groundbreaking Ceremony. (Note time was changed from 2 pm to 11 am) Zone 7 will celebrate the project groundbreaking with a special ceremony at the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant. Mayor of Livermore John Marchand will speak at the event. Refreshments provided. RSVP here.
  • April 14, 11:00 amSunol Wildflower Festival. The hills are bursting with colors, as we celebrate the season. Hikes throughout the park get people into the blooms, while games, crafts, and activities offer something for everyone on the valley floor. Zone 7 will be exhibiting the floodplain model. Kids can come by for a free conservation coloring book. There is no cost for the event, parking is $5 (cash only), carpooling encouraged.
  • May 4, 10:00 am-3:00 pmLivermore Innovation Fair. This a project targeted to bring STEM + Arts excitement in the Tri-Valley area. It is a free, family-friendly showcase of discovery and imagination that is equal parts science fair, high-tech exhibition, art show, and community carnival. Zone 7 will have a booth with STEM related activities for kids.
  • May 4, 10:00 am– 5:00 pmBringing Back the Natives Garden Tour. Zone 7 sponsors this self-guided tour and online registration is open. There is a list of gardens locations in both Alameda and Contra Costa County. There are four gardens in Livermore and one in San Ramon.
  • May 5, 2019, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm – Dublin Pride Week: Lawn to Garden Party. This inspiring and informative one-day workshop is designed for homeowners interested in replacing their water-thirsty lawns with beautiful water-efficient landscaping. Experts will provide advice on landscape design, plants, and drip irrigation.  Also, participants will learn about Zone 7’s Water Efficient Rebate Program. Online registration will be open the last week of March.
Mission Statement:
Zone 7 Water Agency is committed to providing a reliable supply of high quality water
and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley. In fulfilling our present and future commitments to the community, we will develop and manage the water resources in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive, and environmentally sensitive way.

Vision Statement:
To be recognized as the platinum standard water and flood control district in which to live, work and do business by enhancing the quality of life, economic vitality and environmental health of the communities we serve.

OPEN AND TRANSPARENT -- The Board's meetings and communications shall be open and public, except when the Brown Act authorizes otherwise.
CUSTOMER SERVICE -- Our commitment to the community requires prompt, respectful and courteous relations with our customers, both internal and external, as well as pursuing community partnerships and collaboration with     other area public agencies when beneficial to the public.
INTEGRITY -- We practice the highest ethical standards and maintain open, honest communications at all levels of the organization at all times.
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE -- We will operate in a productive, cost effective, transparent and efficient manner to ensure sound financial stability.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE -- In carrying out our mission, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the environment while complying with regulations.
INNOVATIVE/PROACTIVE -- We encourage innovation, creativity and ingenuity, seeking constant improvement and keeping up with the latest economical technologies and management practices.
SAFETY -- We are committed to public and employee safety to maintain a healthy work environment.  We work safely and provide safe products and services.
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT -- We foster a respect for diversity, equality, a spirit of performance-based accountability and productivity along with personal and professional growth for all team members so as to achieve excellence through the collective energy that comes from a work environment where each employee can flourish and succeed to their highest potential.
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Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
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