Addressing High Groundwater in City Redevelopment Plans

The City of San Bernardino is considering alternatives to address the city’s historically high groundwater and resulting earthquake/liquefaction hazards in the downtown area. During an earthquake, soils have the ability to liquefy when groundwater is within 50 feet of the surface, as is the case in downtown San Bernardino, where the high groundwater has historically flooded basements of many buildings.

The Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) is presenting are series of public meetings/workshops to consider how to address these potential hazards while also putting the groundwater to use in projects that help revitalize and redevelop the downtown area. These workshops are an opportunity for residents and local businesses/organizations to provide input and help guide the formulation of the project.

This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. 

The Water Resources Institute (WRI) at California State University, San Bernardino is providing the public outreach and participation program for this project. Please send any comments or questions you may have to Susan Lien Longville at Your comments or questions with responses and clarifications, if requested or necessary, will be posted to this site. You may also sign up to receive web updates.

Watch the website for notices of future public meetings and the posting of additional information about the project as it becomes available. To speak directly with Susan Lien Longville at the Water Resources Institute, call (909) 537-7684.

Vision Becoming Reality in Downtown

The San Bernardino community voiced they wanted a revitalization plan with action. Read about it in the Economic Development Agency's latest newsletter.

Second Community Meeting set for Wednesday, August 18, 2010