Lake Elsinore, CA. Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) is now implementing a Bee Keeper First program to help protect local bee populations while ensuring safety within the community through relocating bees found in EVMWD meter boxes or at EVMWD facilities.
Whenever possible, EVMWD staff will contact a bee keeper to have the hive removed and relocated, through the Beekeeper First Program. This cost effective and environmentally friendly approach was realized through a regional partnership with Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), Rancho California Water District (RCWD), and local bee keepers. 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,” said EVWMD Board President, Andy Morris. “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 we eat here in the Valley. A healthy bee population ensures more abundant crop yields, which provides both economic and health benefits to our region.
Should a customer discover a bee hive in their water meter box or at an EVMWD 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 www.evmwd.com for additional information.