U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of the Secretary - U.S. Department of the Interior - www.doi.gov - Media Advisory
Date: August 14, 2008
Contact: Frank Quimby, 202-208-6416
Mike Hiles, 310-500-6700

Secretary Kempthorne, Rep. Bono Mack, Soboba Tribal Chairman Salgado Mark Water Rights Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, August 15, 2008, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony celebrating passage of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act (Public Law 110-297). The legislation reflects a negotiated resolution of longstanding litigation over water rights and sustainable water management in the over-drafted San Jacinto River Basin of Southern California.

Joining the Secretary will be U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, the chief sponsor of the settlement legislation; Soboba Tribal Council Chairman Robert Salgado; the presidents of local and regional water agencies involved in the agreement; San Jacinto Mayor Jim Ayres; Hemet Mayor Marc Searl; and other local leaders.

Who: Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack
Soboba Tribal Council Chairman Robert Salgado
San Jacinto Mayor Jim Ayres
Hemet Mayor Marc Searl
Timothy F. Brick, Chairman, Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
David J Slawson, President, Eastern Metropolitan Water District
Frank Douglas Marshall III , President, Lake Hemet Municipal District
What: Marking passage of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act and Media Availability
When: 11:30 a.m., Aug. 15, 2008. Media Availability at 12:20 p.m.
Where: The Country Club at Soboba Spring
1020 Soboba Road
San Jacinto, California 92583
Media: All credentialed media are invited to attend the event and participate in the media availability.
Individual interviews may be arranged by calling the contacts listed at top of this advisory.


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