Replenish Big Bear Program

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA)
Document Title
Replenish Big Bear Program
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Rural Living, Very Low and Low Density Residential, Commercial, Public Facility, Open Space, Limited Industrial
Document Description
Replenish Big Bear includes permitting, design, and construction of an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) at the existing BBARWA Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), about 6.59 miles of pipeline for Program Water and reverse osmosis (RO), brine minimization, three pump stations, groundwater recharge, and up to four monitoring wells to implement a Program that would retain recycled water in the Big Bear Valley for beneficial use to increase the sustainability of local water supplies. The Program is currently estimated to produce approximately 1,950 acre-feet per year (AFY) of high-quality Program Water and may produce up to 2,200 AFY by 2040 through utilization of a high-recovery brine minimization technology. The Program includes the following uses and benefits: • Sustain Stanfield Marsh Habitat and Increase Educational Opportunities: By providing a consistent water source to Stanfield Marsh through the discharge of Program Water to Stanfield Marsh, the habitat therein would be sustained, and educational opportunities for the community and visitors would be created; • Enhance Big Bear Lake Benefits: The Program would discharge Program Water to Stanfield Marsh, allowing the Program Water to flow through Stanfield Marsh and provide new inflow to Big Bear Lake. The Program will increase inflows and Lake level, thereby enhancing recreational opportunities and aquatic habitat in both Big Bear Lake and Stanfield Marsh, and would support water quality improvements; • Expand Local Water Supplies: When there is space in the groundwater basin to increase water levels and there is available Program Water stored in Big Bear Lake, Program Water could be pumped to Sand Canyon to recharge the groundwater basin to strengthen the sustainability of the groundwater basin; • Sustain Unarmored Threespine Stickleback Fish with Program Water: To sustain the habitat for the Federally listed Unarmored Threespine Stickleback (Stickleback) fish with a new sustainable water source, Program Water will be discharged to Shay Pond in place of potable groundwater.

Contact Information

Bridgette Burton
Agency Name
Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA)
Job Title
Administrative Services Manager / Board Secretary
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Big Bear City
San Bernardino
Southern California
Cross Streets
Palomino Dr/Shay Road, Aeroplane Blvd/Meadow Ln/Division Dr, Lassen Dr/Primrose Dr, Sand Cyn Rd
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR-18, SR-38
Big Bear City Airport
Big Bear High School
Big Bear Lake / Baldwin Lake / Shay Pond

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Other (6.59 mi pipeline;57 acre evap ponds;3 pump station;2 monit wells), Waste Treatment:Other (Purified)(MGD 2.2)
Local Actions
Site Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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