stimated 100,000 acre-feet a year.  Maximizing storage capacity would provide a significant water storage volume that can be put to beneficial use if imported water were piped to the reservoirs and efficiently operated.  Additionally, connectability between the reservoirs would allow for the isolation of contaminated water in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster while, at the same time, transport water from another reservoir to the affected area.

Amount: $250,000

Hunter Funding Initiative: Water Transmission Line-Alpine, CA

Recipient and address:

Padre Dam Municipal Water District

9300 Fanita Parkway

Santee, CA  92071

Summary: The Padre Dam Municipal Water District is seeking to install a water transmission main to serve East San Diego County, particularly the Alpine community.  Federal support will be utilized for engineering, design and environmental review by Army Corps of Engineers for the installation of this 16-inch main, approximately 8,000 feet in length, providing as much as 1.5 million gallons of water per day.  This increased amount of water will necessitate an expansion to the District's existing pumping and storage facilities.

Currently, Alpine and the surrounding community rely on ground water wells as the only source for water production.  This project will substantially reduce the capacity fee (connect to service fee) for San Diego County residents and serve as an alternative water source, mitigating reliance on ground water wells during drought periods, as well as help with fire protection efforts.

Amount: $500,000

Interior

Hunter Funding Initiative: Fire Safety and Fuels Reduction Program

Recipient and address:

County of San Diego

1600 Pacific Highway

San Diego, CA  92101

Summary: Wildfires in 2003 and 2007 burned over 761,000 acres in San Diego County.  Prior funding obtained through legislation, grants and matching funds was utilized to remove over 417,000 trees on approximately 3,350 parcels to reduce fuel for wildfires and was completed one year ahead of schedule.  Aggressive tree removal after the 2003 wildfire spared some communities in the 2007 wildfire.  For example, in the Palomar Mountain area, home to hundreds of residents, a youth camp and the world-famous Palomar Mountain Observatory, the FSFR program removed approximately 96,000 trees resulting in less of a need for suppression efforts in the area.  Despite this action, current estimates indicate that only 10% of the dead, dying and diseased trees have been removed from fire-prone areas in the region.  At least 10-15% more is needed to be removed to reach the minimum standards of a safe fuel load level.  This $5 million appropriation is part of a three-year, $45 million effort to reach a safe fuel load.

The project will reduce the size and frequency of wild land fires in San Diego County, reducing the impact on the federal government, which serves as the lead agency during fire emergencies.  Tree removal will be occurring on non-federal lands that lie within wild land urban interface areas.  This approach is consistent with previous effective strategies identified through local efforts focused on fuel treatment in the region, including the recommendations of the Forest Area Safety Taskforce, a coalition of 81 local, state, federal agencies, community organizations and private citizens.

Amount: $5 million

Hunter Funding Initiative: El Monte Valley Groundwater Recharge Project

Recipient and address:

Helix Water District

7811 University Ave

La Mesa, CA  91941

Summary: This is a groundwater recharge and habitat restoration effort led by the Helix Water District where it will secure highly treated wastewater from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District's Santee Water Recycling Facility, provide additional treatment to purify the wastewater, pump and pipe this water to surrounding basins and then release it into the San Diego Riverbed where it will be allowed to seep down to existing groundwater levels.  As the purified water is maintained in this location, it will receive additional natural treatment as it percolates through native materials.  Extraction wells will be installed at strategic locations for conveyance to a water treatment plant as a new source of water for all District users.

This project will help in the region's continued efforts to reduce the its dependence on imported water from the Colorado River and Northern California by annually producing 5,000 acre-feet of locally available drinking water and meeting 10-15% of the Helix Water District's raw water needs.  By raising the groundwater levels in El Monte Valley, revegetation of the riverbed is supported and a more natural habitat is created for recreation and wildlife.

Amount: $1 million

Commerce, Justice and Science

Hunter Initiative:  San Diego California Methamphetamine Strategy (CALMS)

Recipient and address:

California Department of Justice

1300 I St

Sacramento, CA 95814

Summary: While California is the nation's leader in meth production, meth continues to be imported from Mexico across the San Diego border.  Additionally, violent Mexican nationals are now setting up operations in California, including San Diego, due to the recent crackdown in Mexico.  As a result of a lack of resources, law enforcement is not discovering meth labs until they have already been deserted, leaving the County to cleanup.  Funding for this project will be used to target meth production and sales in the San Diego County region.  Funds will be used to purchase equipment used for investigation and seizure of meth labs, drug interdiction efforts, pay overtime to San Diego CALMS officers and train local law enforcement.  Local law enforcement and first responders will be trained to deal with meth production, clean up and sales.

Amount: $250,000

Hunter Initiative:  San Diego County Regional Gang Enforcement Collaborative

Recipient and address:

San Diego County Sheriff's Department

9621 Ridgehaven Court

San Diego, CA 92123

Summary: Incidence and severity of gang and drug crime in San Diego County is on the rise (502 cases in 2007 to 616 cases in 2008), especially with gangs that serve as the distribution and enforcement arms of international drug cartels, as well as those involved with weapon and human trafficking.  The 52nd District comprises between 5 to 9% of all gang crime activity countywide.  These numbers, however, do not actually reflect gang crimes because much of this activity goes unreported.  Additionally, San Diego is the largest port of entry from Mexico, where cross border operation among gangs is routine and from San Diego, contraband is distributed nationally.

The San Diego County Regional Gang Enforcement program will replicate the North County Gang Enforcement Collaborative (NCGEC), which focuses on cooperation and communication among street level officers from other law enforcement jurisdictions.  The NCGEC has successfully reduced violent crime, gangs and other activity and enterprises that result in violent crime and gang violence in the targeted region.  This program will be implemented in East County which will serve as a test site to see if this type of program will reduce other types of organized groups involved in criminal activity, e.g. outlaw motorcycle gangs, white supremacists, and skinheads.  From 2007 and 2008, there were 76 gang related prosecutions from the 52nd District.

Amount: $250,000