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Posted on: January 29, 2024

CVWD welcomes new Director of Finance

Karla Romero new Director of Finance

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is introducing a new member of the District’s Executive team.

Karla Romero, who served as CVWD Controller for a year, has accepted the post of Director of Finance.

She has more than 14 years of government fin...

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Posted on: December 14, 2023

CVWD Supports the State's Delta Conveyance Project Final Environmental Impact Report

San Joaquin Bay Delta Water Infrastructure

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) welcomed the news that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has taken a significant step forward to make the state's water system more resilient to climate change and natural disasters while protecting ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2023

CVWD and State Water Board commemorate more than 100 water system consolidations since 2019

SAFER Advisory Group and Students from Westside Elementary School

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), along with representatives from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9, SAFER Advisory Group, and the Coachella Valley Unified School District gathered o...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

Public invited to Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting

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Coachella Valley Water District will seek input on the District’s draft Hazard Mitigation Plan at a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25.

Basically, the plan outlines practices to minimize risks such as earthquakes, wildfires,...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

CVWD earns accolades for outstanding financial reporting

ACFR Front Cover 2022

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has been honored with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, from the Government Finance Offi...

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Posted on: October 5, 2023

CVWD celebrates staff during California Water Professionals Appreciation Week

Coachella Valley Water District is proud to highlight the essential role our employees play in providing safe and reliable water to our community as California celebrates the seventh annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week, Oct. 7-15.

We honor the ded...

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Posted on: October 2, 2023

Traffic Alert – Warner Trail

Construction

Starting today, Oct. 2, a contractor for Coachella Valley Water District will install a new nonpotable water (NPW) pipeline and paving along Warner Trail in Palm Desert. Work is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

MEDIA FLOOD ADVISORY

Traffic Alert Sign

This is a reminder from the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) that, with flash flood advisories continuing throughout the region, there is a potential danger of stormwater flow in the Whitewater River/Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel and other reg...

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Posted on: July 12, 2023

New Director of Environmental Services joins CVWD

Joanne Yen Le, Director of Environmental Services

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has welcomed a new Director of Environmental Services.

Joanne Yen Le comes to CVWD with broad and extensive experience in environmental services, wastewater programs, drinking water systems, stormwater program managem...

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Posted on: June 30, 2023

CVWD Releases 2022-23 Consumer Confidence Report

CVWD Annual Review 2022-2023

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has released its Annual Review and Water Quality Report, which shows that the drinking water provided to customers meets all current state and federal standards.

The 2022-23 Annual Review is available electronically o...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

CVWD’s Cheng appointed president of the State Water Contractors Board

Robert Cheng, CVWD assistant general manager headshot

Assistant General Manager Robert Cheng of Coachella Valley Water District has been appointed President of the State Water Contractors (SWC) Board of Directors. Cheng was appointed during the board’s May 18 annual meeting. The offices are held for one year...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

CVWD receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 10th year

2022-2023 Budget Book Cover

Coachella Valley Water District’s Operating and Capital Improvement Budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This makes a decade of GFOA awards for the...

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Posted on: May 4, 2023

Swimming in Whitewater River dangerous, illegal

Whitewater River dangerous

Coachella Valley Water District reminds residents and visitors of all ages to avoid the Whitewater River channel near Windy Point on both sides of Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs.

Entering the area is extremely dangerous and illegal.

The high and fast w...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Water conservation rules revised

CVWD Yard Sign

Following an improved water supply in the state, Coachella Valley Water District has taken significant steps to ease emergency water conservation measures adopted in spring 2022.

CVWD has returned to Level 1 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan in respon...

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Posted on: April 11, 2023

CVWD rescinds emergency conservation actions

California Drought Map April 2023

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors voted today to return to Level 1 of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP), rescinding the Level 2 emergency conservation actions required by the state in May 2022.  

These decisions ar...

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Posted on: April 7, 2023

CVWD Vice President Estrada Elected as LAFCO Commissioner

Director Cástulo Estrada

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Vice President Cástulo Estrada was elected to the Board of Commissioners for the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for the eastern district of Riverside County.

Estrada joins the seven-member LAFCO ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2023

CVWD discontinues drought penalties and increases investment in conservation

Landscape Conversion

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors directed staff to discontinue drought penalties effective April 1, 2023.  The Board will take formal action at the April 11 Board meeting. 

The Board also voted to increas...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

CVWD and the Bureau of Reclamation celebrate 120 years of managing water

Groundbreaking photo with shovels. CVWD Board, General Manger and USBR Commissioner Touton

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) co-hosted an event to celebrate Reclamation’s 120th anniversary and more than a century of partnership in managing water in the west. In addition, Reclamation and CVWD...

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Posted on: March 6, 2023

CVWD Hovley Lane East pipeline project update

NPW Pipeline Connection

Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) pipeline installation project, which limited traffic on Hovley Lane East, has now moved off the road.

The project continues south along the east boundary of the CVWD Operations Building toward a water reclamation pl...

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Posted on: March 1, 2023

CVWD reminds residents to turn off irrigation systems after a rain event

CVWD Rainbow

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) reminds residents to turn off Irrigation systems for a minimum of 48 hours or until the ground dries following storms bringing measurable amounts of rain. 

The District encourages customers who do not already...

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Posted on: January 19, 2023

CVWD and Congressman Ruiz celebrate funding for clean water projects

Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-25) speaking at CVWD press conference on January 19, 2023

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) held a press conference today to celebrate $3.45 million in federal funding secured by Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-25) to improve access to clean drinking water in the Eastern Coachella Valley.

The funding will aid the ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2023

Media Advisory

Press Conference set up June 30, 2022

CVWD and Congressman Raul Ruiz to highlight federal clean water funding in East Valley

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 19, at 10:45 a.m. – a press conference will cover information on $3.45 million in federal funding secured by Congressman Ruiz to imp...

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Posted on: January 10, 2023

CVWD increases conservation investment to $13.35 million this fiscal year

CVWD Yard Sign

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) approved an additional $7.5 million to cover the increase in conservation rebate applications and to encourage customer participation in conservation programs bringing the total investment for fiscal year 2022-2023 t...

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Posted on: December 22, 2022

Traffic Alert – Avenue 40

Road closed and detour sign on street

From December 29, 2022 through August 31, 2023 a short section of Avenue 40 between Andrews Court and intersection of Avenue 40 and Jefferson Street in North Indio will be closed as a Coachella Valley Water District’s contractor continues work o...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

CVWD joins multi-agency commitment to reduce demand on Colorado River

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CVWD joins multi-agency commitment to reduce demand on Colorado River 

Understanding the need for action, Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has committed to take additional measures to reduce water demands on the drought-stricken Colorado Riv...

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Posted on: November 17, 2022

New Director of Finance joins CVWD

Aragon_Richard_Rick CVWD Finance Director

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has welcomed a new Director of Finance. 

Richard R. Aragon comes to CVWD with an extensive experience in water utility finance, including seven years as Assistant General Manager and the Chief Financial Offic...

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Posted on: November 9, 2022

CVWD takes action to reduce demand on Colorado River

GettyImages-1340779442 Lake Mead

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors took action to execute an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to conserve Colorado River water by curtailing replenishment at its Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2022

CVWD honored for management excellence

Robert Cheng AMWA Award 2022

Coachella Valley Water District is one of four public drinking water systems to win a top utility management award from the nation’s only policy-making organization for the largest metropolitan water utilities.  

The 2022 Sustainability Water Util...

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Posted on: October 27, 2022

Estrada makes Palm Springs Life’s 40 under 40 list

Estrada Headshot

Every four years Palm Springs Life asks the community to nominate the Coachella Valley’s high-achieving leaders and professionals under age 40 and CVWD’s Board Vice President Cástulo R. Estrada made this year’s lis...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Hovley Lane East construction update

Non-Potable water pipeline expansion

Through late fall, contractors working for Coachella Valley Water District will continue work on a project that limits traffic between Washington Street and Eldorado Drive in Palm Desert.

Portions of the eastbound and westbound lanes will remain closed. Cl...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

CVWD approves additional $3 million for water conservation programs

Desert friendly lancscaping

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) approved an additional $3 million to encourage customer participation in conservation rebate programs bringing the total investment for fiscal year 2022-2023 to $5.85 million.

Since July 1, $650,000 has been paid to t...

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Posted on: September 8, 2022

CVWD recognized for excellence in financial reporting

ACFR_2021-Cover

Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Associati...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Statewide, local leaders discuss future water supplies in the Coachella Valley

Logos for MEDIA ADVISORY

Statewide, local leaders discuss future water supplies in the Coachella Valley as California prepares for fourth dry year Leaders discuss conservation and partnerships 

Amid a record-setting heatwave, state and Coachella Valley leaders ga...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY

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MEDIA ADVISORY Statewide, Local Leaders Discuss Future Water Supplies in the Coachella Valley, Urge Conservation Amid Extreme Drought

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California State Wate...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

Traffic Alert – Hovley Lane East

Construction

Through late fall, contractors working for Coachella Valley Water District will continue work on a project that will limit traffic on Hovley Lane East between Washington Street and Eldorado Drive in Palm Desert.

Construction is moving west along Hovley Lan...

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Posted on: July 27, 2022

CVWD adopts drought penalties to encourage conservation

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On July 26, the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors adopted drought penalties to encourage water conservation during the ongoing drought.  

The measures approved by the board are in response to the mandated statewide 15% dome...

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Posted on: July 13, 2022

CVWD adopts budget for fiscal year 2023, keeps current domestic water rates

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Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors unanimously approved a $486.7 million Operating and Capital Improvement Budget for fiscal year 2023 at a June 28 board meeting. 

The Board also chose a zero rate increase for domestic water...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

Traffic Advisory for Hovley Lane East

Construction

Motorists are being asked to avoid traveling on Hovley Lane East between Corporate Way and Eclectic Street in Palm Desert. 

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) crews are on scene repairing a water leak. The eastbound lane is closed with a detou...

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Posted on: July 7, 2022

CVWD and Rancho Mirage partner to provide a larger financial incentive for turf conversions

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Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and City of Rancho Mirage (City) are now offering a combined rebate of $6 per square-foot to CVWD customers within the City of Rancho Mirage who convert their turf to water-efficient landscaping. 

In response...

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

CVWD updates conservation measures

California drought color map 20220405

New drought regulations are now in effect as California tries to reduce water-use during the continuous drought in the Southwest.

California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new emergency water conservation regulation on May 24, to ensure a mo...

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Posted on: June 8, 2022

Traffic Alert – Avenue 39

Road closed and detour sign on street

From June 13 through August 31, a short section of Avenue 39 in North Indio will be closed as a Coachella Valley Water District contractor continues work on a project to bring flood relief to the area.  

Signs will redirect drivers around the clos...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

CVWD and RIVCO earn 20% flood insurance discount for local communities

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Coachella Valley residents and businesses located in unincorporated areas will now be eligible for an additional five percent discount—up from 15 to 20 percent—on their flood insurance premiums thanks to flood protection activities tha...

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Posted on: May 19, 2022

Dr. Robert Cheng Appointed Vice President of the State Water Contractors Board

Robert Cheng, Assistant General Manager

Assistant General Manager Robert Cheng of Coachella Valley Water District has been appointed to the State Water Contractors (SWC) Board of Officers. Cheng was appointed during the board’s recent annual meeting. The offices are held for one year....

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Posted on: May 10, 2022

CVWD receives top credit ratings from leading agencies

North Indio Regional Flood Control Project

Coachella Valley Water District’s $51.3 million stormwater system revenue certificates of participation (COPs), series 2022A received the Fitch Ratings AAA-rating and the S&P Global Ratings AA+ long-term rating. 

In addition, Fitch R...

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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Engineer’s Report shows improved groundwater levels, suggests RAC increases

CVWD Palm Desert Groundwater Replenishment Facility

Groundwater levels increased in most of the CVWD service area since 2009, according to a report presented to the Board of Directors on April 26.

The 2022-2023 Engineer’s Report summarizes the condition of groundwater supplies, need for replenishment and re...

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Posted on: April 26, 2022

CVWD receives national award for budget presentation

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2021-22

Coachella Valley Water District’s Operating and Capital Improvement Budget for fiscal year 2022 has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

CVWD has received GFOA awards for the past nine years b...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

State Water Board praises CVWD’s leadership to achieve California’s “human right to water” policy

2022_04_22 Press Conference Community members, staff and legislators

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) held a press conference today highlighting the approval of a $23.4 million State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) grant for a critical pipeline project that will serve Eastern Coachella Valley communities who la...

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Posted on: April 20, 2022

Media Advisory

St Anthony Mobile Home Park

CVWD celebrates significant state water board grant funding for critical pipeline project that will serve more mobile home park residents in the Eastern Coachella Valley who lack safe drinking water.

What:  A press conference to highlight action b...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Estrada earns national recognition for sustainable water solutions

Director Estrada accepts award

Cástulo R. Estrada, Coachella Valley Water District Board Vice President, has received a national award honoring his leadership in providing safe drinking water to disadvantaged communities.

He was selected for a 2022 Impact Award from the WaterNow Allianc...

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

CVWD Board takes head start on conservation actions

CVWD Board Room

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 28, 2022 asking water agencies to consider adopting Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans. In response, on April 12, CVWD’s Board of Directors approved steps to voluntarily increas...

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Posted on: March 24, 2022

Media Advisory

Press Conference Map

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and Congressman Raul Ruiz to highlight federal funding for clean water initiative in East Valley.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 25, 2022, at 12 p.m. noon – a press conference will cover information on the $2.7 mil...

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Posted on: March 10, 2022

CVWD celebrates Groundwater Awareness Week

Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is celebrating Groundwater Awareness Week (GWAW) from March 6-12, 2022 along with the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and The Groundwater Foundation. GWAW was established in 1999 to highlight the responsible...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Traffic alert

Construction

Through March, a contractor for Coachella Valley Water District will install new nonpotable water (NPW) pipeline and paving along Eldorado Drive in Palm Desert.

Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Southbound lanes of Eldorado Drive will be closed. Cl...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

CVWD and State Water Board announce new conservation program

Conservation actions collage

Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) have announced collaboration of a new conservation program aimed at helping professional landscapers in the Coachella Valley be more efficient water ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2016

CVWD lifts drought penalties and extends water-use restrictions

Board of Directors

Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) Board of Directors today lifted drought penalties, effective June 1, in response to the State's transition to water supply-based conservation targets.

The Board also updated its water use-restrictions to coincide...

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Posted on: May 9, 2016

CVWD statement on Gov. Brown’s order establishing long-term water conservation measures

Outdoor conservation collage

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order today that establishes long-term water conservation measures, including permanent water use restrictions and monthly reporting requirements.  Additionally, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff rel...

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Coachella Valley Water District receives national budget award, again

2015-2016 Coachella Valley Water District Operating Budget

Coachella Valley Water District's (CVWD) annual budget document for the 2015-16 fiscal year has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

This is the fourth...

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