The Municipal Water District is an independent special district of the State of California, responsible for the overall management of Big Bear Lake.
This is accomplished in several ways:
- Stabilization of the level of Big Bear Lake by managing the amount of water released to the downstream water rights holder
- Watershed/Water Quality Management
- Recreation Management
- Wildlife Habitat Preservation and Enhancement
- Bear Valley Dam and Reservoir Maintenance
The primary goal of the MWD is the stabilization of Big Bear Lake at as constant a water level as possible, given the availability of water and financing. A more constant lake level increases recreational opportunities, stabilizes property values, improves water quality, aesthetic benefits, and supports a healthier fish and wildlife environment.
The mission of Lake Stabilization is accomplished through the implementation of a comprehensive water management plan that includes controlled lake releases combined with a water purchase contract to provide water to the water rights holder while minimizing demand on the reservoir.