Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Patricia Avila-Garcia

2020 WJLA Tickets

2020 Water Justice Leadership Awards Tickets

 

$25.00 Student/Low-income/Veteran Ticket 

$50.00 Regular Ticket 

$100.00 Sponsoring Ticket 

1 regular ticket + sponsorship donation for a community partner to attend the awards

$250.00 CWC Ambassador Ticket 

1 regular ticket + acknowledgement in the event program + sponsorship donation for a community partner to attend the awards

 


published January 2020 eNews in Water Blog 2020-01-31 15:57:23 -0800

January 2020 eNews

January 2020

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Dear Friend,

Community Water Center has created a NEW interactive drinking water tool available for communities and decision-makers to use to protect drinking water during changing climate conditions. We’ll be hosting a public launch of the tool on Feb 12. Save the date and join us to learn more about using this tool to understand how a future drought could impact your drinking water.

Save the date for the 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards taking place on March 10th in Sacramento. We’ll be recognizing leaders who have worked tirelessly to make the human right to water a reality for all Californians.

See below for more information.

 

Adelante,


Susana de Anda


CWC in the news

The Sun-Gazette: Tooleville gets ear of State Water Board. Four residents with ties to Tulare County will serve on the Advisory Group for the implementation of the state’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The group also will assist the Board in tracking the program’s progress, including its impact on the number of Californians with safe drinking water, the effectiveness of water system administrators, and outcomes of water system consolidations.

Brut: The US Water Crisis Hot Spots. These areas with poor access to clean water reveal who’s taking the hit from the growing water crisis.

CalMatters: California Must Stop Agriculture from Fouling our Drinking Water. Horacio Amezquita, general manager of San Jerardo housing cooperative in Salinas writes, “For almost 30 years, our community has been chasing clean water. Dozens of communities in our area are in the same position. Agriculture must use more sustainable practices to reduce the poisons in our groundwater. When agriculture applies chemicals wastefully, we are forced to drink that waste. If the concentration of contaminants get too high, our wells are closed.”


See the latest CWC news coverage here.



UPCOMING EVENTS - COME JOIN US!

April 3- 5, 2020. CWC invites you to experience The Water Project. “A powerful collaboration between five departments at Santa Clara University, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today.” Our Community Organizer, Mayra Hernandez, will form part of a panel after the performance. More info here


FIRST SAFER DRINKING WATER ADVISORY GROUP MEETING

Earlier this month, the first Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Advisory Group (Advisory Group) meeting took place. This meeting marks an important milestone for the implementation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The Advisory Group will advise the Board in developing a fund expenditure plan and other key policies.

CWC was in attendance, along with community members Lucy Hernandez and Horacio Amezquita. Lucy from AGUA Coalition and Horacio from San Jerardo Cooperative Inc. were selected as two of the 19 members of the Advisory Group! Their leadership will help identify needs & community priorities for the Fund. We look forward to attending future meetings in order to ensure that the vision of the Fund to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians is achieved.


you are invited to our 6th annual water justice Leadership awards!

Join us in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30 pm for the 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards. Join as we honor water justice leaders for their leadership to make the human right to water a reality. This event will be an opportunity to recognize leaders who have worked tirelessly, often against great odds, to ensure the human right of safe drinking water in California.

This year, we are proud to share this year’s honorees, which include: 

  • Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the Newsom Administration
  • Melynda Metheney, member of the AGUA Coalition, and West Goshen community leader
  • Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please see our sponsorship opportunities here and contact Natalie Garcia-Grazier, our Director of Strategic Partnerships at (559) 301-8224 or natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org. All sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the event, their logo on event materials and shout outs via email and social media!


CWC is excited to introduce our new Drinking Water Tool! The Drinking Water Tool is a NEW interactive web tool that provides information about the ways that communities across the state might be vulnerable to groundwater challenges that could affect their access to long-term safe and affordable drinking water. 

The Drinking Water Tool can help you learn:

  • Where your water comes from based on your address
  • Whether a future drought could impact your drinking water supply
  • Information about groundwater quality and supply in your area
  • How to advocate for safe, clean and affordable drinking water
  • How to compare information about your water with your local Groundwater Sustainability Plan

With climate change, California will experience more droughts that will last longer and be more severe. This will cause drinking water supplies for vulnerable communities to run dry or become contaminated -- and as a result, will directly threaten California’s ability to secure access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. Based on an analysis developed for this Tool, 1.6 million Californians live in areas served by private domestic wells. Many of these residents live in the Central Valley and would be affected by future droughts. The Drinking Water Tool estimates that a future drought could negatively impact 4,500 domestic wells in the Central Valley, potentially costing the state about $115 million. This presents a serious public health crisis and undermines California’s efforts to secure the Human Right to Water for all Californians. 


Join us on Wednesday, February 12, at 11 a.m in person or via webinar to learn more about using the Drinking Water Tool to help California better prepare to protect drinking water during these changing conditions! CLICK HERE TO RSVP


ADRIANA RENTERIA JOINS SWB OFFICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

As Regional Water Manager at Community Water Center, Adriana supported efforts to increase access to safe and affordable water for disadvantaged communities in the Tulare Lake Basin by working with local water board leaders, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), and Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) groups to support regional planning efforts.

Earlier this month, Adriana transitioned out of her role and will be joining the State Water Board as Director of the Office of Public Participation. There, she will lead efforts at involving the public in the Board’s decision-making processes and ensure all interested parties can participate in Water Board activities.

Although we are sad to have her leave CWC, we know that she will be an excellent addition to this state agency! 


TWO NEW CWC TEAM MEMBERS
Our team is excited to introduce you to our new team member. Jerry Jimenez joined the Sacramento team last month as a Communications Manager. Check out his bio and make sure to give him a warm welcome!

 

Harrison Ashby joined us this month as the Communications and Data Intern. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!

  • Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

    Current openings:

    Community Organizer - Visalia Office

    The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. 

    Regional Water Manager - Visalia Office

    The Regional Water Manager will lead CWC’s regional water management planning, policy and program development to achieve sustainable and affordable drinking water solutions in low-income communities and communities of color. The Regional Water Manager will report to the Policy Director and also work closely with the Executive Director other staff, people directly impacted by drinking water issues, members of partner organizations and agencies, other stakeholders impacted by groundwater management including representatives from industry, and various interns. This is a full-time, exempt position.

    Community Organizer - Watsonville Office

    The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). This position will report directly to the Organizing Manager based in Watsonville and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

    Organizing Manager - Watsonville Office

    The Organizing Manager position is a full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for leading CWC’s organizing and base-building programs and activities in the Salinas Valley and Northern Central Coast Region. The Organizing & Advocacy Manager will report directly to the Director of Community Solutions in the Watsonville Office and will also work closely with the other CWC staff and organizational partners.


     

    RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.

 

  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to more than three years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

We hope these resources support your involvement in groundwater planning. If you are new to the SGMA process, there is still time to get involved. Click here for a step-by-step process for how to get involved in your local area. 


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Arden Wells, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Jose Pablo Ortiz Partida, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavit, Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Sandra Hocker, Tom Biglione, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of December!

George W Davis Fund, Alan Saunders, Brittany Sanders, Caitlin Stanton, Carrie McNeil, Claudia Wrazel, Daniel  Serrano, Dieter Rutzen, Elissa Callman, Jenny Rempel, John Sauceda, Jon LaRosa, Jordyn Wolfand, Khalouk Mourad, Lara Cushing, Lauren Barnum, Linda Harris, Louise Fortmann, Mark Kines, Peter Vorster, Kelly Rayburn, Stephen Gasteyer, Victoria Rome

 

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


published December 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-12-31 12:51:42 -0800

December 2019 eNews

December 2019

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Dear Friend,

 

Thank you for joining CWC in support of safe, clean and affordable water for all. This year has been truly momentous, and with your support, we are accelerating change in areas of California that need investment to access safe drinking water. Together, we have passed historic legislation such as the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, established  a new grassroots community-based organization in the Central Coast, and engaged impacted residents in groundwater planning to ensure drinking water sources are protected. Looking ahead to next year, our goal is to set the more than 300 communities with contaminated drinking water on a path to safe water by 2025. We’ll need your support to do that, and have a goal to raise $50,000 before the end of the year. Together, we can solve this crisis. Will you join us or reaffirm your support by donating today?

 

Adelante, 

 

Susana De Anda


CWC in the news

The Bakersfield Californian: OTHER VOICES: Health of our families, communities depends on safe water. California took a historic step forward this summer with the passage of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. This fund will provide new targeted investments to end the state’s drinking water crisis, where one million Californians are impacted by unsafe water each year. Unfortunately, successful implementation of the fund is on a potential collision course with another California law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act — also known as SGMA — which is being implemented in a manner that ignores the safe drinking water needs of our most vulnerable communities.

 

The Guardian: Californians are turning to vending machines for safer water. Are they being swindled? Vended water is many times more expensive than tap water. And there isn’t much evidence to show customers are getting the quality they’re paying for.

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


UPCOMING EVENTS - COME JOIN US!

January 24, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure bottled water delivery and next steps toward obtaining a long-term drinking water solution. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.

February 19, 5:30-8 PM. CWC’s 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards. Location: Mayahuel (1200 K. St., Sacramento, CA 95814). Every year, we honor leaders who fight for safe and affordable drinking water for low-income communities in CA. Save the date for this celebration you will not want to miss! Get your tickets here: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/wjla2020 

April 3- 5, 2020 CWC invites you to experience The Water Project. “A powerful collaboration between five departments at Santa Clara University, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today.” Our Community Organizer, Mayra Hernandez, will form part of a panel after the performance. More info here.


CENTRAL COAST ORGANIZING YEAR IN REVIEW AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020 

After a year of working with El comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica, we’re excited to share our achievements in 2019! Since the community-based organization formed, we’ve held over 12 community platicas, facilitated over 22 private drinking well tests in the area, signed up over 59 households to receive a state funded bottled water service, and raised awareness about local drinking water issues through radio interviews on Radio Bilingue and local NPR station KAZU.In 2020, we will continue holding our monthly meetings to build community knowledge and power, recruit new members to join El Comité, sign up more people for the bottled water service, advocate the state to set a health protective legal limit for chromium-6, and continue organizing communities for long-term drinking water solutions for all.

FIRST SAN BENITO COUNTY COMMUNITY PLATICA

CWC community organizers have been out in the community of San Benito County connecting with residents to learn more about the drinking water challenges they are facing. So far, CWC has connected 14 homes to the Central Coast Regional Water Board’s free well testing program. From those tests, we have learned arsenic, nitrates and total dissolved solids are key contaminants impacting drinking water in the area.

TEACHERS AND PARENTS ADVOCATING FOR CLEAN WATER AT OHLONE ELEMENTARY 

We have been advocating for the State Water Board to reinstate a health protective chromium-6 legal limit as soon as possible, so that schools and domestic well owners can obtain short-term and long-term solutions. On December 11th, teachers, parents, CWC and allied organizations gave public comment at the Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees meeting. Teachers and parents requested for PVUSD to provide five gallon jugs of water for all the children and staff at Ohlone Elementary, as an emergency solution to the chromium-6 in their drinking water. They also requested for PVUSD to join them in urging the State Water Board to reinstate a health protective legal limit for chromium-6 and to keep teachers and parents well informed of any action they plan to take to improve access to safe water at schools.


FALL CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE

CWC believes in holding elected officials accountable for safe and affordable drinking water and conducts civic engagement projects to educate and engage voters on drinking water issues in their communities. Over the span of 15 days, our project team contacted more than 2,000 Tulare County Latino voters! They talked to voters about the newly passed Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, and what kind of support will be available to address drinking water issues across the state. Many voters reached rely on private wells, who are eligible to benefit from this Fund. We're excited about the team's success and will keep building on this momentum into 2020!


COMMUNITY LEADERS ELECTED TO EAST OROSI COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD

Earlier this month, three community leaders took their oath of office in Tulare County to assume their positions on the East Orosi Community Services District Board (CSD) and CWC was there to show support!  East Orosi has been facing nitrate contamination of their drinking water for over a decade and needs strong leadership to end this long-standing public health crisis.Virgie Nunez, Elvira Camacho and Mayra Castillo (from left to right), stepped up to take a leadership role in their community by running for East Orosi CSD board seats. These leaders believe that, in order to see change happen in their community, they needed to be a part of the solution. On January 9th, 2020, they will take their seats as official Board members for the East-Orosi CSD.Currently, the community is currently receiving bottled water as a short term solution. La Voz de Vecinos Unidos will be working alongside their elected leaders in order to ensure that a long term solution is on its way and to get safe drinking water in their communities.Congratulations! We look forward to working with community leaders to drive water solutions and ensure the human right to water is made a reality for all Californians.


UPDATES ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA)

Many Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) made their draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) available for public review and are almost done with their 90-Day Public Comment Period. As we wrap up the year, GSAs will be hosting public hearings before deciding whether to adopt and submit their draft GSPs. These GSPs contain important information about how groundwater will be managed, how much pumping will be allowed, and actions the GSA plans to implement in the next couple of years. 

GSAs will be submitting their draft plans to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) by January 31, 2019. From January 31st to March 31st, the public will have another opportunity to comment on the potential adoption of plans. DWR will have three options when they review plans: 1) Accept and adopt plan as is, 2) Conditionally accept plan as long as GSAs do necessary revisions, and 3) Fail plans that do not have a clear path towards achieving sustainability. If plans are failed, the State Water Resources Control Board will implement a provisionary plan on behalf of GSAs. 

As part of their review, DWR will have to consider the Human Right to Water (HR2W) which states that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” GSPs that do not support access to sufficient and affordable quantities of drinking water, or GSPs that impact access to safe drinking water, may require costly and time-consuming revisions prior to approval from DWR, if not outright failure of the GSP. 

Now is a critical time to participate in public hearings to adopt GSPs to ensure your concerns are being shared and documented. Below are a list of the communities in several San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and dates for their public hearings. If your community isn’t listed below, you can find your GSA by entering your address here

Pixley Irrigation District GSA

Communities included: Pixley and Teviston 

Public hearing to adopt GSP:

  • Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2020
  • Time: 9AM.
  • Location: 357 E Olive Ave, Tipton, CA 93272

Alpaugh GSA

Communities included: Alpaugh

Public hearing to adopt GSP: 

  • Date: Monday, January 13th, 2020
  • Time: 2:30PM. 
  • Location: 5446 Rd. 38, Alpaugh, CA 93201

 

Lower Tule River Irrigation District GSA

Communities included: Tipton, Poplar, Woodville

Public hearing to adopt GSP:

  • Date: Tuesday, January 14th, 2019
  • Time: 9AM. 
  • Location: 357 E Olive Ave, Tipton, CA 93272

You can stay informed about the different opportunities to give your comments and feedback before the plans are submitted to the state in January 2020 by visiting our social media sites and event page: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/events


DO YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM? CWC IS HIRING!

 

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

 

Community Organizer - Visalia Office

The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. 

 

Organizing Manager - Watsonville Office

The Organizing Manager position is a full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for leading CWC’s organizing and base-building programs and activities in the Salinas Valley and Northern Central Coast Region. The Organizing & Advocacy Manager will report directly to the Director of Community Solutions in the Watsonville Office and will also work closely with the other CWC staff and organizational partners. 

 

Community Organizer - Watsonville Office

The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). This position will report directly to the Organizing Manager based in the Watsonville Office and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

We hope these resources support your involvement in groundwater planning. If you are new to the SGMA process, there is still time to get involved. Click here for a step-by-step process for how to get involved in your local area. 
Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF. 


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Jan Pablo Ortiz Partida, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of December!

Alex Porteshawver, Alex and Kate Chen and Kerkering, Anita Chang, Avarelle Silver-Westrick, Iris Biblowitz, Ellen Hanak Valletta, Janet Traub, Kelsey Hinton, Kevin Klug, Linda Kida,  Patti Chang, Thomas Frantz, Natalie Garcia

 

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


published Octubre y Noviembre 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-12-03 13:02:01 -0800

Octubre y Noviembre 2019 eNews

Octubre y Noviembre 2019

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Ahora es un momento importante para involucrarse en la protección del agua subterránea en la cual muchas personas confían como fuente de agua potable. Muchas agencias de sostenibilidad del agua subterránea están compartiendo sus planes de sostenibilidad del agua subterránea y están por terminar el período de comentarios públicos. Continuamos organizando talleres comunitarios en todo el Valle de San Joaquín y la Costa Central para revisar los planes y obtener sus comentarios sobre cómo cree que deben manejarse las aguas subterráneas, con un enfoque en cómo proteger los suministros de agua potable de las comunidades. ¡Vea abajo para más información!

 

Adelante, 

Susana De Anda

CWC Cofundadora y Directora Ejecutiva


PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS - ¡ACOMPAÑANOS! 

Durante la primavera en 2020. El proyecto del agua. Una colaboración poderosa entre cinco departamentos, el proyecto del agua integra danza, música coral, animación e imágenes proyectadas. El proyecto del agua explora todo lo relacionado con el agua: su esencia y belleza sagrada, su poder positivo y destructivo, y el papel de la humanidad en el control y la mercantilización del agua. Este desempeño aborda nuestra fuerte dependencia del agua y la crisis inminente que podría afectar la vida tal como la conocemos hoy. Más información aquí

 

Involúcrese en la protección de las aguas subterráneas. En todo el estado, las Agencias de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea (GSA, por sus siglas en inglés) han desarrollado Planes de  Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (GSP, por sus siglas en inglés) requeridos por la Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (SGMA, por sus siglas en inglés) que describen cómo manejan el agua subterránea localmente. Las GSAs entregaran sus planes al estado antes de enero del 2020, pero antes de que puedan hacerlo, los planes deberán pasar por un período de comentarios públicos para recibir comentarios de partes interesadas y miembros de la comunidad como usted. Hasta el final del año, CWC organizará talleres comunitarios para revisar los Planes de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea y obtener SU opinión sobre cómo cree que deben manejarse las aguas subterráneas. Publicaremos información sobre talleres en las redes sociales, así como en nuestro calendario: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/events.


CWC EN LAS NOTICIAS

Visalia Delta Times: Columna invitada: las comunidades pobres del Valle Central merecen un servicio de agua seguro y asequible. La Asociación de Gente Unida por el Agua (AGUA) y Protectores del Agua Subterránea (Protectores), que representan a más de 30 comunidades de todo el Valle, escribieron un articulo de opinion dirigido para la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hídricos, cuál el miércoles 16 de octubre tomó una decisión que determinará la calidad de nuestra agua en el Valle Central en las próximas décadas.

Radio público del valle: Comunidades de bajos recursos reclaman una participación en la revisión estatal de las aguas subterráneas. La mayoría de los aproximadamente 40 hogares en la comunidad de Tombstone obtienen su agua potable de pozos privados que no son muy profundos y que pueden ser vulnerables tanto a los contaminantes de los acuíferos, como a la caída de los niveles de agua subterránea. Esperan que algunas soluciones puedan estar en la la Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea (SGMA, por sus siglas en inglés). Es por eso que el señor Torres Romo y varios de sus vecinos asistieron recientemente a una reunión comunitaria sobre la ley.

 

Vea las nuevas noticias de CWC aquí.


CWC PARTICIPA EN EL INSTITUTO DE POLÍTICA PÚBLICA DEL EVENTO "PREPARANDO EL SISTEMA DE AGUA DE CALIFORNIA PARA EXTREMOS CLIMÁTICOS" EN CALIFORNIA

A principios de este mes, El Centro tuvo la oportunidad de participar en el evento del Instituto de Políticas Públicas de California (PPIC, por sus siglas en inglés) nombrado “Preparando el sistema de agua de California para los extremos climáticos”. Jonathan Nelson, el Director de Políticas de El Centro, habló en un panel ante 800 personas que asistieron en línea y en persona, para hablar sobre el progreso que hemos logrado este año y cómo implementar con éxito Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica (SB 200). Crítico para la implementación exitosa, es la inclusión continua de las voces de los miembros de las comunidades en el proceso. Continuará siendo una prioridad en El Centro asegurarse de que el Fondo se implemente de una manera que satisfaga las necesidades de agua potable sana de los californianos afectados. ¡Gracias PPIC por organizar un evento tan importante y proporcionar un espacio para tener estas conversaciones! Vea una grabación del evento completo aquí.


LOS DEFENSORES DEL AGUA POTABLE COMPARTIERON SU VISIÓN PARA LA IMPLEMENTACIÓN EXITOSA DEL FONDO ECONÓMICO PARA TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA

Más de 20 organizaciones firmaron su nombre en apoyo de una carta enviada a la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hidricos que describe la visión para una implementación exitosa del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica. La aprobación del Fondo representa la culminación de medio siglo de abogacía de parte las comunidades afectadas y las organizaciones comunitarias en busca de un objetivo simple: asegurar el derecho humano básico al agua de todos los californianos. El Fondo también reunió a una variedad de socios organizacionales que se unieron con las comunidades para lograr esta victoria histórica. Ahora mirando hacia el futuro, nuestras organizaciones están listas para hacer de nuestra parte para trabajar hacia la implementación rápida y equitativa del Fondo, y se comprometen a ser socios colaborativos y comprometidos durante todo este proceso. Lea la carta aquí.


DANIEL PEÑALOZA SE UNE AL EQUIPO CWC

Nuestro equipo se complace en presentarle a nuestro nuevo miembro del equipo. Daniel se unió al equipo de Visalia el mes pasado como Estratega de Liderazgo en el Agua. ¡Mire su biografía y asegúrese de darle una cálida bienvenida!


¿QUIERE FORMAR PARTE DE NUESTRO EQUIPO? ¡CWC ESTÁ CONTRATANDO!

Para obtener descripciones completas de los trabajos y más información sobre cómo solicitar, visite: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Aperturas actuales:

Gerente de Comunicaciones - Sacramento: El Gerente de Comunicaciones es el principal responsable de supervisar las relaciones con los medios de comunicación, las comunicaciones organizativas (Internet, presencia en la web, las redes sociales) y apoyar los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos de CWC. El Gerente de Comunicaciones es un puesto de tiempo completo basado en nuestra oficina de Sacramento e informará a el Director de Políticas. Esta posición trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el Director de Políticas de CWC y la Directora Ejecutiva, así como con otro personal de CWC, miembros de la comunidad, organizaciones aliadas y agencias, y varios pasantes. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Christina Marquez en christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org.


RECURSOS

Esperamos que estos recursos apoyen su involucración en la planificación de aguas subterráneas. Si usted es nuevo/a en el proceso de SGMA, todavía hay tiempo para involucrarse. Haga clic aquí para ver un proceso paso a paso sobre cómo involucrarse en su área local.

¡GRACIAS A NUESTROS GENEROSOS PARTIDARIOS!

¡Muchísimas gracias a nuestros donantes mensuales, cuyas contribuciones continuas ayudan a sostener nuestro trabajo a largo plazo para lograr un agua potable sana, 

Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, David Weinsoff, Kelsey Hinton, Ellen Rowe, Kavita Vora, Edward Bergtholdt, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Frank Lukacs, Natalie Garcia, Carly Yoshida, Amy Helfant, Bessma Mourad, Anavel Valdez, Nancy Bruce, Renata Brillinger, Jill Ratner, Paul Pierce, Nimmi Damodaran, Bill Walker, Vicki Woods, Kathryn Wuelfing, Julian De Anda, Benigna Hernandez, Bryan Barnhart, Cassie Morgan

 

¡Y muchas gracias a nuestros generosos partidarios del  mes de mayo y junio! 

David Chatfield,  Ettinger Foundation, Belinda Yan, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Rotenberg

 

    Si quiere donar a CWC, por favor haga click aquí!


published October & November 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-11-27 15:30:13 -0800

October & November 2019 eNews

October & November 2019

Si prefiere recibir nuestro boletín informativo en español, haga click aquí.

Dear Friend,

Now is an important time to get involved in protecting groundwater that many people rely on for their drinking water source. Many Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are releasing draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans and starting the public comment period. We continue to host community workshops throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast to review the plans and to get your feedback on how you think groundwater should be managed, with a focus on how to protect community drinking water supplies. See below for more information! 

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Adelante, 

Susana De Anda

CWC Co-Founder and Executive Director


UPCOMING EVENTS

November 22, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure bottled water delivery and next steps toward obtaining a long-term drinking water solution. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.

Spring 2020. The Water Project. A powerful collaboration between five departments, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today. More info here

Get Involved in Protecting Groundwater. Across the state, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have developed Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) that outline how to manage groundwater locally. GSAs will need to submit their plans to the state by January 2020 and the plans will have to go through a public comment period to get feedback from stakeholders like you. Through the end of the year, CWC will be hosting community workshops to review the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans and to get YOUR feedback on how you think groundwater should be managed. We will be posting information about workshops on social media as well as in our calendar: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/events.


CWC in the news

Visalia Delta Times: Guest column: Poor Central Valley communities deserve safe, affordable water service. La Asociación de Gente Unida por el Agua (AGUA) and Protectores del Agua Subterránea (Protectores), representing over 30 communities around the Valley, made a public appeal to the State Water Board, which on Wednesday, Oct. 16 made a decision that will determine the quality of our water in the Central Valley for decades to come.

Valley Public Radio: Disadvantaged Communities Claim A Stake In State Groundwater Overhaul. Most of the homes in the community of Tombstone, about 40 or so, get their drinking water from shallow domestic wells, which can be vulnerable to both aquifer contaminants and falling groundwater levels. They’re hoping some solutions may lie with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). That’s why Torres Romo and a handful of her neighbors recently attended a community meeting on the law.

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


CWC PARTICIPATES IN PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA’S “PREPARING CALIFORNIA’S WATER SYSTEM FOR CLIMATE EXTREMES” EVENT



Earlier this month, Community Water Center had the opportunity to participate in the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Preparing California’s Water System for Climate Extremes event. Jonathan Nelson, CWC’s Policy Director, spoke on a panel before 800 people who attended online and in person, to talk about the progress we've made this year and how to successfully implement the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SB 200). Critical to successful implementation, is the continued inclusion of community member voices in the process. It will continue to be a priority at CWC to make sure the Fund is implemented in a way that meets the safe drinking water needs of impacted Californians. Thank you PPIC for hosting such an important event and providing a space to have these conversations! See a recording of the full event here.

 


DRINKING WATER ADVOCATES SHARE THEIR VISION FOR SUCCESSFUL  IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND

 

Over 20 organizations signed on in support to a letter sent to the State Water Board outlining the vision for a successful implementation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

The passage of the Fund represents the culmination of a half-century of advocacy from impacted communities and Community-Based Organizations in pursuit of a simple goal -- to secure every Californian’s basic human right to water. The Fund also brought together an unprecedented array of organizational partners that joined hands together with communities to achieve this historic victory. As we now look to the future, our organizations stand ready to do our part to work towards swift and equitable implementation of the Fund, and are committed to being collaborative and engaged partners throughout the entirety of this process. Read the letter here.

 


DANIEL PEÑALOZA JOINS THE CWC TEAM 

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member. Daniel joined the Visalia team last month as a Water Leadership Strategist. Check out his bio and make sure to give him a warm welcome!


Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Communications Manager - Sacramento Office: The Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Policy Director. This position will work closely with CWC’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact to Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org 

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, David Weinsoff, Kelsey Hinton, Ellen Rowe, Kavita Vora, Edward Bergtholdt, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Frank Lukacs, Natalie Garcia, Carly Yoshida, Amy Helfant, Bessma Mourad, Anavel Valdez, Nancy Bruce, Renata Brillinger, Jill Ratner, Paul Pierce, Nimmi Damodaran, Bill Walker, Vicki Woods, Kathryn Wuelfing, Julian De Anda, Benigna Hernandez, Bryan Barnhart, Cassie Morgan

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of October! 

David Chatfield,  Ettinger Foundation, Belinda Yan, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Rotenberg

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


published September 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-10-22 09:52:01 -0700

September 2019 eNews

September 2019

Si prefiere recibir nuestro boletín informativo en español, haga click aquí.

Dear Friend,

This fall is an important time to get involved in protecting groundwater that many people rely on for their drinking water source. Many Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are releasing draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans which are plans to ensure underground aquifers managed sustainability for multiple uses. We will be hosting community workshops to review the plans and to get your feedback on how you think groundwater should be managed, with a focus on how to protect community drinking water supplies. Now is the time to get involved! 

Earlier this week, community leaders traveled to Sacramento to a State Water Board meeting to advocate for a better plan for managing salt and nitrate pollution in the Central Valley. About 250,000 people in the Central Valley region are at risk of excessive exposure to nitrates. Under the proposed plan, dischargers had 45 years to reduce current rates of pollution. Due to extensive advocacy efforts and powerful testimony from impacted residents, the Board voted to reduce the timeline for dischargers to stop polluting down to 35 years. This was a meaningful victory for impacted communities. However, the work is far from over and the next phase of CV-SALTS will begin soon. We look forward to both partnering with and also holding the State Water Board and Central Valley Regional Water Board accountable to implement CV-SALTS in a manner that is protective of community health and the quality of our groundwater. See more below!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

Adelante, 

Susana De Anda

CWC Co-Founder and Executive Director


UPCOMING EVENTS

October 25, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure bottled water delivery and next steps toward obtaining a long-term drinking water solution. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.


CWC in the news

The Tennessee Tribune: Why Water Now Flows in East Porterville — Community Outreach the Key. Prop. 1 funding has helped advance a long list of projects up and down the state to provide Californians safe drinking water. Funding for projects is key, but it is equally important to engage community residents to ensure effective and timely implementation. 

Hanford Sentinel: Op-Ed: Water Victory Shows Power of People. In the last few years, impacted residents, along with so many others who together created a movement for water justice, drove thousands of miles, attended countless meetings with elected officials and their staffs, testified before dozens of committees, told their stories to media outlets and reporters from across the state and the nation, and encouraged our friends and families to keep fighting a battle that at times seemed hopeless. Through it all, they remained thirsty for justice. Hear them tell their story.

CalWellness Blog: How Clean Water Transforms Communities. Those who don’t have clean water coming from the taps in their home are not able to consume or use the water in any way. Children cannot even take showers using the water coming from their taps. This has meant purchasing bottled water to consume, cook with, and bathe with – all while continuing to pay  bills for water they’re not able to drink. Their lives will now change for the better with the passing of The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


THE STATE WATER BOARD TAKES ACTION TO REDUCE TIMELINE FOR STOPPING POLLUTION

On October 16th, residents from the Central Valley attended a State Water Board hearing in Sacramento to share their comments before a critical vote to approve with direction the Basin Plan Amendments for the Central Valley on the regulation of salts and nitrates (often referred to as CV-SALTS).

The Basin Plan Amendments (BPAs) are the product of an over a decade long process, led by industries who discharge salts and nitrates, to create a framework on how those discharges are regulated. The three goals of the BPAs are: 1) provide safe drinking water to those impacted by nitrates, 2) stop continued pollution, and 3) restore degraded groundwater basins. However, the BPAs do not actually create a pathway for equitably achieving these goals, if dischargers must achieve them at all.

Thanks to the work of the CalEPA, the State Water Board, and community voices, the State Water Board has directed the Regional Water Board to make significant changes to the BPAs to ensure that the three goals are met. The Regional Board has a year to make the necessary changes and resubmit to the State Water Board. Some changes are: pollution must stop within a certain timeline (currently the BPAs contain a loophole on this), ensuring more communities are provided safe and affordable drinking water, and preventing management actions that would result in some areas having higher levels of pollution. However, one issue remained within the resolution that was of grave concern to impacted communities: a proposed timeline of up-to-45 years for dischargers to stop polluting groundwater.

At the State Water Board meeting earlier this week, impacted residents from the Central Valley shared their experiences fighting for safe drinking water for themselves and their families and neighbors for years and expressed opposition to allowing continued pollution for another 45 years. After discussion, the Board voted 3-1 to reduce the timeline to 35 years, and voted 4-0 to approve with direction for revisions the BPAs. This was a significant adjustment in response to community concerns and we want to express our appreciation to the Board for listening to the community.

However, now the work continues! The Central Valley Regional Water Board will soon begin making revisions to the Basin Plan Amendment, based on the direction the State Water Board has laid out. Additionally, dischargers must soon begin implementation of plans for providing emergency and temporary solutions to communities impacted by nitrate contamination. Throughout this process, dischargers are required to consult with impacted residents to develop solutions that work best for them and their communities. We will need to guarantee that no community or individual household is overlooked, and ensure that dischargers are held accountable for implementing solutions that work for communities. Stay tuned for more on this important issue as we move forward!


COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER IN VISALIA TO DISCUSS A VISION FOR THE ROLE OF ADMINISTRATORS IN LOCAL WATER SYSTEMS 

Earlier this month, Community Water Center, Self Help Enterprise and Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability held a community meeting in Visalia with community leaders, organizational partners and other interested stakeholders to discuss the SWRCB’s Administrator Policy and create a space for community leaders to develop a community vision for Administrators.

Under the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, or SB 200, the State Water Board can authorize a contractor, known as an Administrator, to help run a local water system such as a small water system that is currently unable to provide safe water. The goal of appointing an Administrator is to provide temporary support while the system is strengthened. Administrators can be counties, engineering firms, technical assistance providers or other entities and will be able to operate a water system, bill customers, with oversight from the State Water Board.

Community members shared a number of valuable questions and suggestions about the role of Administrators in assisting local water systems including the need to ensure Administrators are accountable to the needs of the community and operate in a manner that is accessible and transparent. We look forward to taking these questions and suggestions back to the State Water Board and to continued conversations about this important tool in the coming months.


GETTING INVOLVED IN PROTECTING GROUNDWATER

This fall is an exciting and important time to get involved in protecting groundwater for drinking water. In the Central Valley, we depend on groundwater for drinking, bathing, growing food, and more. Across the state, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have developed Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) called for by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) that outline how they will manage groundwater locally. GSAs will need to submit their plans to the state by January 2020 but before they can do that, the plans will have to go through a public comment period to get feedback from stakeholders like you.

Through the end of the year, CWC will be hosting community workshops to review the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans and to get YOUR feedback on how you think groundwater should be managed. We will be posting information about workshops on social media as well as in our calendar: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/events.

To learn more about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in the meantime, visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/sgma_engagement.


CENTRAL COAST EXPANDS OUTREACH TO SAN BENITO COUNTY  

This month, Mayra and Cesar, CWC Community Organizers in the Central Coast started door-knocking to better understand the water quality conditions of residents living in San Juan Bautista. San Juan Bautista is in San Benito County, largely agricultural and is known to have water quality issues. In order to get people good information about their private wells, Mayra and Cesar are promoting the Central Coast Regional Water Board’s free well testing program. The program kicked off in early August and is available to anyone with a well living in San Benito County. So far, Mayra and Cesar have knocked on over 40 doors and have connected several people to the well testing program! 

If you are interested in learning more about the program and ongoing efforts in San Benito County, contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org


Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Community Organizer - Visalia: The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Marquez at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org 

Communications Manager - Sacramento Office: The Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Policy Director. This position will work closely with CWC’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact to Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org 

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!

Jordi Cucurny, Andy Luong

 


State Water Board Approves Central Valley Plan to Address Drinking Water Pollution

Press Release, Oct. 16, 2019
For Immediate Release
Clean Water Action -- Nina Foushee: 520.444.2493
Community Water Center -- Jonathan Nelson: 530.848.4460
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability -- Tim Douglas: 916.207.8771

 

State Water Board Approves Central Valley Plan

 to Address Drinking Water Pollution

Board Takes Action to Reduce Timeline for Stopping Pollution


Sacramento -- On a 3-1 vote today specific to reducing the originally proposed 45-year timeline to stop the pollution to a 35-year timeline, and a 4-0 vote on the entirety of the Amendment, the California State Water Board approved, with direction, the proposed Central Valley Basin Plan Amendment. This Amendment will guide salt and nitrate management in around 40% of the state for decades. The condition of approval, via a resolution, directs the Central Valley Regional Water Board to make significant revisions to the Amendment to better protect communities from unsafe drinking water now and into the future. One of those changes requires dischargers to eventually stop pollution from nitrates. The State Water Board is tasking the Central Valley Regional Board with setting a more aggressive deadline for stopping pollution in the Central Valley; polluting industries will now have up to 35 years to end the ongoing pollution to impacted communities’ drinking water sources.

“We appreciate the State Water Board’s direction that the Regional Board remove of some of the most troubling aspects of CV SALTS, as well as today’s change that reduced the maximum period to end nitrate pollution from 45 to 35 years,” said Michael Claiborne, Senior Attorney with Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. “However, this time frame still fails to address the urgency of communities and households struggling with nitrate pollution. We expect the Regional Water Board to require much faster compliance during the implementation of this plan. Central Valley communities depend on it.”

“Given that each year of continued pollution means higher human, environmental, and financial costs of cleanup, we are glad that the Board approved a proposal with a reduced timeline,” said Jennifer Clary, Water Program Manager for Clean Water Action.

"We thank the State Water Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency for their leadership in helping to ensure we have a healthy and sustainable Central Valley,” said Debi Ores, senior attorney with the Community Water Center. “While we still have a long way to go to securing safe and affordable drinking water for all residents throughout the Central Valley, requiring that nitrate pollution to our drinking water sources must stop within 35 years is a significant step forward. Looking forward, we intend to both partner with and also hold the State Water Board and Central Valley Regional Board accountable to protecting public health and our groundwater. Finally, we look forward to partnering with the Central Valley Regional Water Board ensure a fair implementation process with meaningful impacted community representation that better mirrors the entirety of the Central Valley community."

Nitrates can be deadly and a regulatory framework is necessary to address this problem. The Basin Plan Amendment is supposed to do just that. The amendment has three goals: provide safe drinking water to communities impacted by nitrate contamination, reduce and ultimately end nitrate pollution, and eventually clean up groundwater basins. The resolution proposed by State Water Board staff thankfully directs removal of some of the most troubling parts of CV-SALTS, and the shortened timeline for stopping pollution is a step in the right direction.

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Leadership Counsel works alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income and place. We work with community leaders throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Eastern Coachella Valley on such issues as safe affordable drinking water, basic transit services, wastewater services, decent affordable housing, and the right to live free from industrial pollution with infrastructure that supports healthy lifestyles. Through co-powerment, organizing, litigation, policy advocacy, and research, we confront California's stark inequalities manifest in too many of California's low income communities and communities of color. To reach us, website: Leadershipcounsel.org Twitter: @LCJandA Instagram: leadership_counsel, Facebook: @lcjacalifornia

Community Water Center (CWC) is a nonprofit environmental justice organization based in California’s San Joaquin Valley, with additional offices in Sacramento and Watsonville. CWC’s mission is to act as a catalyst for community driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy. CWC’s fundamental goal is to ensure that all communities have access to safe, clean, and affordable water. CWC works in partnership with impacted communities to build strategic grassroots capacity to address water challenges in small, rural, low-income communities and communities of color. For more information, visit CWC’s website at www.communitywatercenter.org and follow us on Twitter at @CWaterC.

Clean Water Action is a national non-profit organization that relies on grassroots education and empowerment to enact policies and programs that protect and restore water quality. Website: https://www.cleanwateraction.org/states/california . Twitter: @cleanh2oca.


published Zach Haydt in Our Team 2019-09-13 12:50:52 -0700

Zach Haydt

California ChangeLawyers Legal Fellow

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Zach Haydt joined the Community Water Center in September, 2019 as a California ChangeLawyers Legal Fellow. Zach is tasked with researching legal policy for sustainable groundwater initiatives.

Zach is originally from Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Spanish Literature and Grammar from Temple University in Philadelphia. After studying Spanish in both Spain and Mexico, he moved to Fresno in the middle of the 2014-2017 drought, which dramatically illustrated to him the tenuous nature of the state’s water supply. 

Zach developed a passion for aiding rural families in gaining access to clean drinking water while attending law school at the University of California - Hastings College of the Law. There, he worked with a disadvantaged community in the Salinas Valley in their efforts at taking ownership of their drinking water supply after years of negligent management by a private operator. The strength and resilience of the community inspired him to seek an opportunity to join the struggle for access to safe water in California.

Upon graduation, Zach returned to the Central Valley to fight for the human right of access to safe drinking water. He believes in the Community Water Center Vision that no California family should have to suffer for lack of clean, safe, and affordable drinking water.

 

 

Contact:
zachariah.haydt@communitywatercenter.org
Visalia Office, (559) 733-0219

 

 


published Julio 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-08-22 13:47:40 -0700

Julio 2019 eNews

Julio 2019

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¡Con la firma de el Gobernador en julio, california hizo historia pasando SB 200 conocida como el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica! ¡Esto proporcionará más de $1.4 mil millones en fondos sostenibles durante los próximos 11 años para finalmente cumplir la promesa de agua potable para todos! Ahora, el trabajo comienza para garantizar una implementación oportuna y ambiciosa para que todas las comunidades cuales actualmente carecen de agua sana tengan proyectos de agua potable y económica, ya sea asegurados o en progreso, no dentro de décadas, sino dentro de los próximos años.Igual estamos emocionados de invitarles a nuestra Celebración Anual de la Justicia por el Agua el 5 de septiembre en Visalia. ¡Tenemos mucho que celebrar este año con el poder del pueblo cumpliendo una victoria histórica por la justicia del agua! 

¡Vea más información abajo!

 

Adelante, Susana De Anda


PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS - ¡ACOMPAÑENOS!

23 de agosto de 5 a 6 PM. Platica Comité de la Costa Central. Miembros del Comité compartirán su experiencia trabajando para garantizar la entrega de agua potable embotellada. Todos los residentes de Bluff Rd, Jensen Rd, y Springfield Rd. en la área norte del condado de Monterey están invitados a esta junta para aprender más sobre los esfuerzos del Comité. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Cesar Garcia Lopez al (831) 288-0450 o por correo electrónico en cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org.


CELEBRACIÓN ANUAL DE LA JUSTICIA POR EL AGUA

¡Acompáñenos para nuestro evento anual de celebración comunitaria el jueves 5 de septiembre de 5:30-8:00 PM en Visalia! ¡Tenemos mucho que celebrar este año después de de una victoria histórica de la justicia por el agua lograda con el poder del pueblo! El evento incluirá oradores inspiradores, música en vivo, comida y excelente compañía.


Guarde su lugar y compre boletos haciendo clic en el botón abajo.

¡Todavía estamos aceptando patrocinios para el evento! Si está interesado en apoyar esta celebración, vea las oportunidades de patrocinio aquí.


 

CWC EN LAS NOTICIAS

Radio público del valle: Newsom establece un fondo económico para tener agua sana, limpia y económica. Newsom se unió a los residentes locales, defensores del medio ambiente y legisladores cuando firmó SB 200, que crea un fondo a largo plazo para apoyar a las más de 300 comunidades de California que carecen de agua potable. "La idea de que estamos viviendo en un estado con un millón de personas que no tienen acceso a agua potable limpia, segura y económica es una vergüenza", dijo Newsom durante el evento.

Radio Bilingue: Entrevista con Susana De Anda de CWC. En una gran victoria para la base, la legislatura de California aprobó un proyecto de ley para agua potable limpia para abordar la crisis del agua contaminada en las comunidades rurales.

Civil Eats: 300 comunidades de California no pueden beber del grifo. ¿Más dinero hará la diferencia? Cuando las comunidades agrícolas que tienen agua potable están a solo una o dos millas de las comunidades que no tienen, las divisiones de clase y raza que determinan cuales californianos tienen acceso a los recursos naturales se vuelven difíciles de ignorar. La ley SB 200 brinda a las pequeñas comunidades rurales el apoyo que necesitan para reparar su suministro de agua sin negociaciones prolongadas con municipios más grandes.

Informe de salud de California: El acuerdo estatal sobre el agua es una victoria para la equidad en salud. Desde el valle de San Joaquín hasta el sureste de Los Ángeles, los californianos abren la llave para encontrar agua contaminada, maloliente o descolorida -  o nada de agua. En este artículo de opinión, la Directora de Equidad en Salud del Instituto de Prevención, Elva Yáñez, aplaude a las comunidades de primera línea y a los defensores de las políticas que lucharon por obtener esta victoria para la salud y los derechos humanos.

The Sun Gazette: Las comunidades aún están descubriendo cuál será el futuro. Miembros de la comunidad, activistas locales y organizaciones de abogacía se reunieron la semana pasada para discutir mercados sostenibles de agua subterránea en una junta en Visalia.

Vea la última cobertura de noticias de CWC aquí.


GOV NEWSOM FIRMA EL FONDO ECONÓMICO PARA TENER AGUA SANA, LIMPIA Y ECONÓMICA EN LEY - ¡ABRIENDO EL CAMINO PARA AGUA SANA PARA TODOS!

¡Estamos encantados de compartir que en julio, el Gobernador firmó SB 200, el fondo económico para tener agua sana, limpia y económica, en ley! El Gobernador Newsom visitó a los defensores de la comunidad en la comunidad no incorporada del Territorio de Tombstone en el condado de Fresno. El Fondo proporcionará casi $1.5 mil millones de dólares en fondos durante la próxima década para proyectos de agua potable en comunidades vulnerables.

El hecho de que esta victoria fue asegurada a lo largo de años y décadas, por la abogacía directa de las propias comunidades impactadas, demuestra una vez más el poder del pueblo para cambiar la trayectoria de su sociedad hacia la dirección de mayor justicia.

Agradecemos al Gobernador Gavin Newsom por su liderazgo del agua potable y por regresar hoy a la comunidad para compartir este momento especial con aquellos que han luchado tanto por esta victoria. También damos las gracias al Senador Bill Monning por su incansable trabajo para aprobar el fondo económico para tener agua sana, limpia y económica, en asociación con el Presidente de la Altavoz de la Asamblea Anthony Rendón y el Pro Tem del Senado Toni Atkins, los Asambleístas Eduardo García y Richard Bloom, y los muchos otros partidarios que se unieron para hacer historia.

Y ahora comienza el trabajo verdadero. Convertir la promesa del fondo económico para tener agua sana, limpia y económica en una realidad para las comunidades que han esperado tanto tiempo para recibir ayuda requerirá una implementación efectiva, audaz y transparente por parte de la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hídricos, así como por las juntas regionales y locales de agua y otros que son responsables de tomar las decisiones. Continuaremos trabajando con las comunidades afectadas para garantizar que se incorporen al proceso y sigan siendo clave en las soluciones.

Juntos avancemos audazmente para hacer el trabajo necesario de implementar proyectos de agua potable, limpia y económica para las comunidades que los necesitan desesperadamente, y al hacerlo, finalmente cumpliremos la promesa de California de agua potable, limpia y económica para todos.


¡LA COSTA CENTRAL COMIENZA LA ENTREGA DE AGUA EMBOTELLADA!
(BLUFF / JENSEN / SPRINGFIELD)

Los miembros comunitarios de El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y económica abogaron con éxito para obtener fondos para cubrir la entrega de agua embotellada a toda su comunidad después de que los resultados de las pruebas de pozo mostraron niveles altos de nitrato y 123-TCP. Los miembros de El Comité asistieron a una reunión de la junta directiva del Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios (CSD, por sus siglas en inglés) de Pájaro Sunny Mesa, para solicitar que el CSD solicite fondos para la entrega de agua embotellada para los residentes afectados.

Después de obtener los fondos, decenas de residentes elegibles solicitaron y comenzaron a recibir agua embotellada en sus hogares en julio. Este es un plan a corto plazo para proteger la salud de los residentes mientras trabajamos junto con los residentes y otros para una solución a largo plazo para tener agua potable. Continuaremos contactando a los residentes afectados para que apliquen al programa de entrega de agua.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Cesar Garcia Lopez al (831) 288-0450 o por correo electrónico en cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org.


JUNTA SOBRE LA PROTECCIÓN DEL AGUA POTABLE EN MERCADOS DE AGUA SUBTERRÁNEA

El 2 de julio, cercas de 70 miembros de la comunidad y líderes electos locales participaron en una junta sobre la protección del agua potable en mercados de agua subterránea organizada por CWC, Self- Help Enterprise, el Consejo de Liderazgo para Justicia y Responsabilidad, Unión de Científicos Preocupados, y el Fondo de Defensa Ambiental en Visalia.

El evento comenzó con una presentación de CWC y un panel sobre la protección del agua potable en los mercados de agua subterránea que limitaría la cantidad que cada usuario puede bombear y permitiría a las personas comprar y vender su asignación de agua subterránea, y cómo estos mercados podrían afectar los suministros de agua potable en comunidades rurales de bajos ingresos.

Más tarde, los participantes de la junta jugaron algunas rondas de un juego de mercados de aguas subterráneas. El juego fue desarrollado por el Environmental Defense Fund y la Universidad de Michigan cual propósito es a ayudar a los jugadores a comprender mejor los impactos posibles de los mercados para diferentes usuarios. Los participantes practicaron varios escenarios de mercado modelando cómo, aunque los mercados de aguas subterráneas pueden facilitar el intercambio de recursos, también pueden generar inquietudes para las comunidades que dependen del agua subterránea para beber y para aquellos usuarios que no pueden permitirse asignaciones adicionales de agua subterránea. ¡Gracias a todos los que se unieron a nosotros y ayudaron a que este evento fuera un éxito!


PROTECCIÓN DE LA PLANIFICACIÓN DEL AGUA POTABLE Y DEL AGUA SUBTERRÁNEA EN EL VALLE DE SALINAS

La semana pasada, más de 50 residentes y líderes comunitarios asistieron a un taller de planificación de agua potable y agua subterránea en la Cooperativa San Jerardo, organizado por el Centro Comunitario por el  Agua, la Cooperativa San Jerardo y la Unión de Científicos Preocupados. La mayoría de personas en asistencia obtienen su agua potable de pozos privados y pequeños sistemas de agua en el Valle de Salinas. Este taller fue una oportunidad para compartir información sobre la Ley del Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea, los Indicadores de Sostenibilidad y lo que se propone en el borrador del Plan de Manejo Sostenible del Agua Subterránea de la Agencia de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea de la Cuenca del Valle de Salinas. Durante el taller, solicitamos comentarios sobre cómo a los residentes les gustaría ver el agua subterránea administrada e involucrarse en el proceso. El Centro Comunitario por el del Agua continuará trabajando con aquellos que asistieron para continuar aumentando la participación de los interesados ​​en el agua potable en la planificación del agua subterránea en el Valle de Salinas.

Para obtener más información sobre lo que se cubrió y los enlaces a los materiales del evento del 31 de julio, visite nuestro sitio web o llame a nuestra oficina al (831) 288-0450.


¡CHRISTINA MARQUEZ-GUERRA SE UNE A LA EQUIPO DE CWC!

¡Nuestro equipo se complace en presentarle a nuestra nueva miembra del personal! Christina Marquez se unió al equipo de Visalia el mes pasado como Asistente Administrativa. ¡Échele un vistazo a su biografía y asegúrese de darle una bienvenida cálida!


 

¿QUIERE FORMAR PARTE DE NUESTRO EQUIPO? ¡CWC ESTÁ CONTRATANDO!

Para obtener descripciones completas de los trabajos y más información sobre cómo solicitar, visite: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Aperturas actuales:

Estratega de Liderazgo en el Agua - Oficina de Visalia o Sacramento

El Estratega de Liderazgo en el Agua es el principal responsable de coordinar la Red de Líderes Comunitarios del Agua (CWLN, por sus siglas en inglés) y de apoyar los esfuerzos para desarrollar el poder regional. CWLN es una red de 22 representantes electos de los consejos de la ciudad, la junta de supervisores del condado, las juntas locales de agua, los distritos de servicios públicos, los distritos de servicios comunitarios, y las juntas escolares que se han comprometido a garantizar agua segura, limpia y económica para sus comunidades. La red está diseñada para apoyar a los encargados de las decisiones elegidos a nivel local conectando a los líderes entre sí para brindar apoyo y  iguales, brindando información precisa y experiencia en temas del agua, y compartiendo información sobre oportunidades para asegurar agua potable sana y económica. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Adriana Rentería en adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.

Gerente de Comunicaciones - Sacramento: El Gerente de Comunicaciones bilingüe (inglés y español) es el principal responsable de supervisar las relaciones con los medios de comunicación, las comunicaciones organizativas (Internet, presencia en la web, las redes sociales) y apoyar los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos de CWC. El Gerente de Comunicaciones es un puesto de tiempo completo basado en nuestra oficina de Sacramento e informará al Director de Asociaciones Estratégicas. Esta posición trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el Director de Políticas de CWC y la Directora Ejecutiva, así como con otro personal de CWC, miembros de la comunidad, organizaciones aliadas y agencias, y varios pasantes. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Christina Marquez en christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org.

Organizador/a comunitaria- Oficina en Visalia

La posición de organizador/ra comunitario es un puesto de empleado regular, tiempo-completo, y exento que será el principal responsable de realizar el trabajo de organización y construcción de bases de CWC en las comunidades del Valle de San Joaquín. Todos los empleados de CWC están contratados “a voluntad”. Esta posición reportará directamente al Director de Organización y trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el resto del personal de CWC, socios comunitarios y aliados. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor comuniquese con Christina Marquez en christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org.

 


RECURSOS

Esperamos que estos recursos apoyen su involucración en la planificación de aguas subterráneas. Si usted es nuevo/a en el proceso de SGMA, todavía hay tiempo para involucrarse. Haga clic aquí para ver un proceso paso a paso sobre cómo involucrarse en su área local.

¡GRACIAS A NUESTROS GENEROSOS PARTIDARIOS!

¡Muchísimas gracias a nuestros donantes mensuales, cuyas contribuciones continuas ayudan a sostener nuestro trabajo a largo plazo para lograr un agua potable sana, 

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Kathryn Gilje, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

 

¡Y muchas gracias a nuestros generosos partidarios del  mes de mayo y junio! 

Luisa Medina, Dorothy Osak, Allison Harvey Turner, Sarah Murdoch

 

    Si quiere donar a CWC, por favor haga click aquí!


published July 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-08-19 16:21:33 -0700

July 2019 eNews

July 2019

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Dear Friend,

With the Governor’s signature in July, California made history by passing SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund! This will provide more than $1.4 billion in sustainable funding over the next 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all! Now, the work begins to ensure a timely and ambitious implementation so that all communities without safe water today will have safe and affordable drinking water projects either secured or in progress, not decades from now, but within the next several years.  

We are also excited to invite you to our annual Water Justice Celebration taking place on September 5 in Visalia. We have a lot to celebrate this year with the power of people achieving a historic water justice victory! 

See more information below!

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS- COME JOIN US!

AUGUST 23, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure safe bottled water delivery and next steps in working toward obtaining safe drinking water directly from the tap. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.


ANNUAL WATER JUSTICE CELEBRATION!

 

Join us on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-8:00 PM for our annual community celebration event in Visalia!  We have a lot to celebrate this year as we witnessed the power of people achieve a historic water justice victory! The event will include inspiring speakers, live music, food and great company! 

 

Save your spot and buy tickets by clicking the button below.


We are still accepting sponsorships for the event! If you're interested in supporting this celebration, please see sponsorship opportunities here. 


CWC in the news

Valley Public Radio: Newsom Establishes Long-Term Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Newsom was joined by local residents, environmental advocates, and legislators as he signed SB 200, which creates a long-term fund to support the more than 300 California communities that lack safe drinking water. “The idea that we’re living in a state with a million people that don’t have access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water is a disgrace,” Newsom said during the event.

Radio Bilingue: Interview with CWC’s Susana De Anda. In a major victory for grassroots organizers, the California legislature passed a bill for clean drinking water to address the contaminated water crisis in rural communities. 

Civil Eats: 300 California Communities Can’t Drink From the Tap. Will More Money Make a Difference? When the agricultural communities that have water sit just a mile or two away from cities that don’t, the class and racial divides that determine which Californians get access to natural resources become difficult to ignore. SB 200 gives small rural communities the support they need to repair their water supply without protracted negotiations with larger municipalities

California Health Report: State Water Agreement is a Victory for Health Equity. From the San Joaquin Valley to southeast Los Angeles, Californians turn on the tap to find contaminated, foul-smelling, or discolored water—or no water at all. In this Op-ed, the Director of Health Equity at the Prevention Institute, Elva Yanez, applauds the frontline communities and policy advocates who fought to win this victory for health and human rights.

The Sun Gazette: Communities Still Gaming out what the Future will be. Community members, local activists and advocacy organizations met last week to discuss sustainable groundwater markets at a roundtable in Visalia. 

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


GOV. NEWSOM SIGNS THE SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND INTO LAW-- CLEARING THE PATH FOR SAFE WATER FOR ALL!

We are thrilled to share that in July, the Governor signed SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, into law! Governor Newsom visited community advocates in the unincorporated community of Tombstone Territory in Fresno County. The Fund will provide nearly $1.5 billion dollars of funding over the next decade for safe drinking water projects in vulnerable communities. 

The fact that this victory was secured by the direct advocacy, over the course of years and decades, of impacted communities themselves, once again demonstrates the power of people to change the trajectory of their society toward a place of greater justice.

We thank Governor Gavin Newsom for his leadership on safe water, and for coming back to the community today to share this special moment with those that have fought so long for this victory. We also thank Senator Bill Monning for his tireless work to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, in partnership with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia and Richard Bloom, and the many other supporters who joined hands together to make history.

And now the real work begins. Turning the promise of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund into a reality for the communities that have waited so long for relief will require effective, bold and transparent implementation by the State Water Board as well as by regional and local water boards and other decision-makers. We will continue to partner with impacted communities to ensure they are incorporated into the process and remain key drivers of timely solutions.

Together let’s move forward boldly to do the necessary work of implementing safe and affordable drinking water projects for the communities that desperately need them -- and in doing so, finally achieve the California promise of safe and affordable drinking water for all.

 


CENTRAL COAST STARTS BOTTLED WATER DELIVERY!
(BLUFF/JENSEN/SPRINGFIELD)

Community members of El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Drinking Water) successfully advocated for funding to cover delivered bottled water for their whole community after well testing results showed unsafe levels of nitrate and 123-TCP. Comité members attended a board meeting of their local community services district, Pajaro Sunny Mesa, to request that the CSD apply for the state grant for bottled water delivery for impacted residents. 

After getting the grant, dozens of eligible residents applied and started receiving bottled water delivered to their homes in July. This is a short-term plan to protect the health of residents now while we work in partnership with residents and others for a long-term solution for safe water. We will continue outreach to impacted residents to apply for the water delivery program. 

Contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for more information.  

 


ROUNDTABLE ON PROTECTING DRINKING WATER IN GROUNDWATER MARKETS

On July 2nd, about 70 community members and local elected leaders participated in a Roundtable on Protecting Drinking Water in Groundwater Markets hosted by CWC, Self-Help Enterprises, Leadership Counsel, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Environmental Defense Fund in Visalia.

The event started with a CWC presentation and panel on protecting drinking water in groundwater markets which would limit the amount that each user can pump, and would allow individuals to buy and sell their allotment of groundwater, and how these markets could impact drinking water supplies in rural, low-income communities. 

Later, roundtable participants played a few rounds of a groundwater markets game. The game was developed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Michigan and is intended to help players better understand the possible impacts of markets for different users. Participants practiced several market scenarios modeling how although groundwater markets can facilitate the exchange of resources, they can also raise concerns for communities who depend on groundwater to drink and for those users who may not be able to afford additional groundwater allocations. Thanks to everyone who joined us and helped make this event a success!


PROTECTING DRINKING WATER AND GROUNDWATER PLANNING IN THE SALINAS VALLEY

Last week, over 50 residents and community leaders attended a drinking water and groundwater planning workshop at San Jerardo Cooperative hosted by Community Water Center, San Jerardo Cooperative, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The majority of attendees get their drinking water from private wells and small water systems in the Salinas Valley. This workshop was an opportunity to share information about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Sustainability Indicators, and what is being proposed in the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan by the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency. During the workshop, we solicited feedback on how residents would like to see groundwater managed and get involved in the process. Community Water Center will continue to work with those who attended to continue to increase engagement among drinking water stakeholders in groundwater planning in the Salinas Valley. 

For more information on what was covered and links to the materials from the July 31 event, visit our website or call our office at (831) 288-0450.

 


CHRISTINA mARQUEZ- GUERRA JOINS THE CWC TEAM!


 

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member! Christina Marquez joined the Visalia team last month as an Administrative Assistant. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!


Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Communications Manager - Sacramento: The bilingual (English and Spanish) Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will work closely with CWC’s Policy Director and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact to Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org.  

Community Organizer - Visalia: The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org. 

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia or Sacramento Office: The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org. 

 

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

We hope these resources support your involvement in groundwater planning. If you are new to the SGMA process, there is still time to get involved. Click here for a step-by-step process for how to get involved in your local area.

 


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Kathryn Gilje, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

 

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of July!  

Luisa Medina, Dorothy Osak, Allison Harvey Turner, Sarah Murdoch

 

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


published June 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-07-11 10:10:22 -0700

June 2019 eNews

June 2019

Si prefiere recibir nuestro boletín informativo en español, haga click aquí.

Dear Friend,

In June, community members impacted by unsafe water in their homes, schools and communities gathered in a powerful call to action at the steps of the Capitol joined by residents from the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, Dolores Huerta, and allie organizations. Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-20 budget, which included more than $160 million to begin addressing decades of drinking water contamination and inadequate water system infrastructure throughout the state. Finally, we are thrilled to share that this week, at long last, California made history by passing SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund on a strong bipartisan vote. This will provide over $1.4 billion in sustainable funding over the next 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all! See more information below!

 

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 26, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure safe bottled water delivery and next steps in working toward obtaining safe drinking water directly from the tap. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.


CWC in the news

NowThis: California’s Contaminated Water Crisis. An excellent overview of the CA drinking water crisis and experiences of valley leaders including AGUA member Josie Nieto and CWC Executive Director Susana De Anda.

Associated Press: California Lawmakers Agree to Tap $130M of Clean-Air Funding to Pay for Drinking Water. California legislative leaders agreed to spend $130 million a year to improve water systems in communities where people can’t drink from their taps. To pay for it, the state would tap a fund dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Natural Resources Defense Council: Progress in the Fight for Safe Drinking Water. The California Budget agreement would fund $1.4 billion in stable safe water for all funding over 11 years. A big thank you to NRDC for supporting the safe water budget proposal! 

Valley Public Radio: With Updated Budget, Safe Drinking Water Fund Inches Closer to Reality. For the first time in two years, legislators in Sacramento may have paved the way toward establishing a statewide safe drinking water fund. Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest state budget allocates over $100 million this year to a fund that would support drinking water projects in impacted communities. The current language calls for roughly $1.4 billion over the next 11 years. 

California Healthline: A Million Californians Don’t Have Clean Drinking Water. Where Do They Live? Julia Mendoza wants the tap water she pays for to be clean and safe, but it hasn’t been for nearly a decade. “If we want clean water for bathing, that’s not for us,” she said in Spanish. “That’s for rich cities, not for us.” Mendoza, 42, and her family live in Cantua Creek in western Fresno County, a town of about 100 homes that is inextricably tied to the farmland surrounding it. 

Bloomberg: Editorial: California Needs Clean Water. In 2012, former California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Human Right to Water Act, recognizing that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water.” At least 1 million Californians are still waiting to exercise that right. Although the vast majority of the state’s water remains clean, some areas are struggling to solve serious supply and pollution problems. Without sustained action by the state, these dire challenges threaten to grow worse. 


See the latest CWC news coverage here.


CENTRAL COAST COMITÉ ORGANIZES FOR BOTTLED WATER IN THEIR COMMUNITY! (BLUFF/JENSEN/SPRINGFIELD)



Community members of El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Drinking Water) have been advocating for funding to cover delivered bottled water for their whole community after many residents participated in a well testing program. The results showed very high and unsafe levels of nitrate and 123-TCP. Comité members attended a board meeting of their local community services district, Pajaro Sunny Mesa, to request that the CSD apply for the state grant for bottled water delivery for impacted residents. The Board unanimously voted to apply for the program, demonstrating strong leadership. This is a short-term plan to protect the health of residents now while we work in partnership with residents and others for a long-term solution for safe water. Community members are eligible to start receiving bottled water in early July. 

 

Contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for more information.  

 


CIVIC ENGAGEMENT TEAM REACHES THOUSANDS OF LATINO VOTERS

Last month, we launched our Spring Civic Engagement Program (CEP) with a team of eight canvassers. Our team of canvassers will be calling Tulare County Latinx voters to share important information about drinking water concerns and accountability. So far we have reached more than 2,400 Latinx Voters from Tulare County! We will be continuing our program through early July, and hope to reach 1,500 more voters. We will continue to follow up with contacted voters throughout the year, and include them in key CWC work and campaigns that will impact their community’s access to safe and affordable drinking water.


PASSAGE OF CA BUDGET REPRESENTS A MAJOR VICTORY IN THE FIGHT FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER

As a result of our multi-year campaign to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, the Governor and Legislative leadership announced a safe water budget detail in early June that would provide targeted funding for vulnerable communities.

Then in late June, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-20 budget, which included more than $160 million to immediately begin addressing decades of drinking water contamination and inadequate water system infrastructure throughout the state. 

We are thrilled to share that this week, at long last, California made history by passing SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund on a strong bipartisan vote! This will provide over $1.4 billion over the next 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all! This represents a historic victory and is a testament to the years of work by impacted community members alongside ally groups representing environmental justice, health, education, business, agriculture, and more. 

We are so proud that this victory was secured by the direct advocacy, over the course of years and decades, of impacted communities themselves. Together we -- and you -- persevered and built a movement for water justice and never gave up. Through it all, we remained thirsty for justice -- and this week justice has finally been achieved. 

We thank Senator Monning, who made his office a welcoming space for our communities, for his tireless work to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. We also thank the Governor, the Speaker and Pro Tem, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and the many other legislative supporters and coalition organizations who joined hands together in partnership with environmental justice organizations to make history. 

We now urge a swift signature of SB 200 by Governor Newsom so that California can begin the necessary work of implementing safe and affordable drinking water projects for the communities that desperately need them -- and thereby finally achieve the California promise of safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member! Wendy Avila joined the Visalia team last month as a Community Organizer. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!

 


KATHRYN GILJE JOINS CWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our team is excited to introduce you to our newest member of the Board of Directors. She is director of Ceres Trust, a foundation that supports healthy and resilient farms, forests and communities; and the ecosystems upon which we all depend. Kathryn works with institutional philanthropy to shift money, hearts and minds to organizing and movement–building for a just and regenerative economy. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!

 


DO YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR TEAM? CWC IS HIRING

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia Office

The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org. 

Communications Manager - Sacramento:The bilingual (English and Spanish) Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will work closely with CWC’s Policy Director and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Garcia-Grazier at natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org.  



RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Ide Weinsoff, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Gilje, Kat Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia- Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of May and June! 

Mari Amend, Alf Brandt, Michael Grazier, Linda Kida, Teri Marsh, Joanna Waen, Rob Weidner

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


published Wendy Avila in Our Team 2019-07-03 10:23:02 -0700

Wendy Avila

 

Community Organizer

 

Wendy joined the Community Water Center in June 2019 as a Community Organizer in Visalia. As a Community Organizer at CWC, she is focused on acting as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions so that all communities can have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water. 

Wendy is from Huntington Park, Ca and holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies from the California State University, Sacramento. During her time at the university, she was an active member of the environmental student organization, was involved in restoration ecology projects, and worked alongside urban farms as a youth garden educator. Soon after, she continued her education and advocacy journey as an educator/student success coach for City Year Seattle. She is passionate about the interconnectedness of justice, history, land, water, food, education, and sustainable farming. Her lifelong journey is to disrupt the plethora of environmental injustices that exist amongst communities of color and low-income communities. 

On her free time, she enjoys gardening, making food/beauty products from scratch, dancing to cumbias, deep breathing, art therapy, and creative writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact:

wendy.avila@communitywatercenter.org

Visalia Office, (559) 733-0219

 


published May 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-06-18 15:17:34 -0700

May 2019 eNews

May 2019

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Dear Friend,

We have a historic opportunity to pass a sustainable source of funding for safe water next week. For decades, community members have led the fight against the continued, direct violation of California's Human Right to Water law which passed in 2012. We are launching a water strike to call attention to CA's ongoing safe water crisis. This strike will continue until we pass the June 15 budget deadline. Join communities impacted by unsafe water at the State Capitol on all of next week to secure a sustainable funding source because the one million Californians without safe water don’t deserve to wait any longer. See more information below!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tune in next week!

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE 10-14, 12-1 PM. Water Strike at the State Capitol. Community members impacted by unsafe water in their homes, schools and communities will be rallying in a powerful call to action at the steps of the Capitol now through to next week in the run-up to the June 15 budget deadline. Join impacted residents from the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, Dolores Huerta, local leaders, and allies on June 10th. Residents will continue to rally through June 14th at the State Capitol.

 

JUNE 28, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working with the Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Service District (CSD)  to secure safe bottled water delivery. This is an interim solution for drinking water contamination of private wells. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the safe water program. A special thanks to the Pajaro Sunny Mesa CSD for stepping up to apply for state funds for water delivery!

 

JULY 2, 5-8PM. Roundtable on Protecting Drinking Water in Groundwater Markets. Across the state, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) are developing plans for how they will manage groundwater using “groundwater markets,” which would limit the amount that each user can pump, and would allow individuals to buy and sell their allotment of groundwater. Attend to learn more about what groundwater markets are, and how they could impact drinking water supplies for disadvantaged communities. Meeting organizers will present a new Community Guide to Groundwater Markets, host a short panel discussion, and practice groundwater market scenarios. Dinner and Spanish translation will be provided. To RSVP, please fill out the short form here.

 

JULY 27, 4-7 PM. An Evening of Art and Justice at Runnymede Farm. Join us on Saturday, July 27 for our second annual fundraiser featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, a lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more! RSVP to reserve your spot here.


CWC in the news

New York Times: They Grow the Nation’s Food, but They Can’t Drink the Water. CWC’s Susana De Anda sheds light on the relationship between clean water and money. Despite producing the nation’s food, residents in the Central Valley, predominantly Latinx residents, face toxic water in their homes, schools, and clinics.

San Francisco Chronicle: 1 million Californians use tainted water. Will state pass a clean-water tax? CWC’s Kelsey Hinton calls into question the distribution of resources and attention the state gives. Solutions exist for the clean drinking water crisis in the Central Valley and across the state through the proposed Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

Sacramento Bee: ‘We couldn’t even take showers’: Californians with unsafe drinking water appeal for fixes. Community residents traveled to Sacramento to hold a water strike outside the Capitol in support of secure, sustainable funding for solving CA’s drinking water crisis.

Kion 5/46 News: Monterey County leaders rally support for state safe drinking water fund. Community partner and water activist, Horacio Amezquita, informed the public of the agricultural practices that continue to pollute groundwater with nitrates. CWC’s Susana De Anda spoke on the health effects of nitrate contamination through short term and long term exposure, such as vomiting, blue baby syndrome, and cancer.

Visalia Times Delta: Dolores Huerta condemns ‘toxic taps,’ supports proposed water tax at Valley rally. Community activists gathered outside of Senator Melissa Hurtado’s Bakersfield office to call on elected officials to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The community activists were joined by Dolores Huerta and members of CWC.

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


Pajaro Sunny Mesa Water Board Unanimously Supports Bottled Water Grant for Nearby Households Impacted by Unsafe Drinking Water

This past Wednesday, members of El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y economica alongside CWC’s Central Coast Organizing team attended the Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Service District (CSD) board meeting to advocate for  bottled water for a community located north of Moss Landing in Monterey County with high levels of nitrate and 1,2,3-TCP in their water. All of the Comité members had the opportunity to share their personal experience of living with contaminated water. he Pajaro Sunny Mesa CSD board unanimously voted to approve the CSD applying for the Clean up and Abatement Act Grant for emergency bottled water! Our Central Coast Organizing team will be working with the Comité, CSD, and the State Water Board to start the bottled water delivery as soon as possible.

 


Historic Week for Safe Drinking Water

For three years, a campaign to pass a secure, sustainable source of funding for solving the state’s drinking water crisis has been led by community residents, CWC, and other organizations throughout the state – but the fight for safe and affordable drinking water has gone on for decades. Next week has the potential to be historic step towards ending this crisis once and for all.

With the state budget deadline next week, legendary farmer worker rights leader Dolores Huerta will join Californians living without safe drinking water for a Water Strike calling attention to the urgent public health crisis of contaminated drinking water in communities across California. The Water Strike was launched last week at the Capitol, with impacted residents forgoing drinking water for one hour in 100+ degree heat to join in solidarity with the more than one million Californians who lack access to safe water. Community members, local leaders, and environmental justice advocates will continue to urge our decision makers to secure a sustainable funding source by June 15 that provides the greatest level of certainty possible for universal, permanent access to safe water in CA, and that is protected from inevitable economic downtowns. California must put such a solution in place this month, because the one million Californians without safe water don’t deserve to wait any longer. Many have lived their entire lives without access to clean water.

Join us next week at the Capitol in support of safe water for ALL!

 


Patty Avila-Garcia joins the CWC team

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member! Patty Avila-Garcia joined the Sacramento team last month as a Program Associate. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!


Join us in Woodside, CA on July 27th

Join us July 27th at our upcoming fundraiser in Woodside, An Evening of Art and Justice, featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more. RSVP to reserve your spot here.

Where: Runnymede Farm

     980 Runnymede Rd

     Woodside, CA 94062

 

When: Saturday, July 27th

            from 4-7 PM

RSVP below. Look forward to seeing you!

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Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Administrative Assistant - Visalia Office
This position is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Administrative Assistant opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.  If you have any questions, please contact Anavel Valdez-Lupercio at anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org.

 

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia Office: The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

 


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Donald Zimmerman, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kathryn Gilje,  Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


published Mayo 2019 eNews in Water Blog 2019-06-14 15:25:11 -0700

Mayo 2019 eNews

Mayo 2019

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Tenemos una oportunidad histórica de pasar una fuente sostenible de financiamiento para el agua sana en la próxima semana. Durante décadas, los miembros de la comunidad han liderado la lucha contra la continua y directa violación de la ley del derecho humano al agua de California que se aprobó en el 2012. Estamos participando en una huelga de sed para llamar la atención sobre la crisis de la falta de agua sana que existe actualmente en California. Esta huelga continuará hasta que se pase la fecha del fin de plazo del presupuesto el 15 de junio. Esta semana se unieron comunidades impactadas por agua contaminada en la capital estatal porque el millón de californianos sin agua potable no merecen esperar más. Vea más información a continuación!

Asegúrese que nos sigue en las redes sociale en Facebook, Twitter y Instagram sintonicen con nosotros la próxima semana!

Adelante,

Susana De Anda


PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS - ¡ACOMPAÑANOS!

10-14 de junio de 12-1 PM. Huelga de sed en la capital estatal. Miembros de la comunidad afectados por agua contaminada en sus casas, escuelas, y comunidades se reunieron para llamar la atención y demandar acción en los escalones de la capital estatal. Dolores Huerta, líderes locales y aliados estuvieron en solidaridad el 10 de junio. Residentes continuaron a reunirse el 11 de junio en la capital estatal.

28 de junio de 5 a 6 PM. Platica Comité de la Costa Central. Miembros del comité compartirán su experiencia trabajando con el districto de servicios comunitarios de Pájaro Sunny Mesa para garantizar la entrega de agua potable embotellada. Este es una solución provisional para el problema de la contaminación del agua de pozos privados/norias. Todos los residentes de Bluff Rd. Jensen Rd, y Springfield Rd. al área norte del condado de Monterey están invitados a esta junta para aprender más sobre el programa de agua sana. Un agradecimiento especial para el Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios de Pájaro Sunny Mesa por solicitar  los fondos estatales para la entrega de agua embotellada.

2 de julio de 5 a 8 PM. Junta sobre la protección del agua potable en mercados de agua subterránea. En todo el estado, Agencias de Sostenibilidad del Agua Subterránea (GSAs, por sus siglas en inglés) están desarrollando planes sobre cómo manejan el agua subterránea usando “mercados de agua subterránea,” cual limitan  la cantidad que cada usuario podrá bombear y permitirían a las personas comprar y vender su asignación de aguas subterráneas. Assista a la junta para aprender qué son los mercados subterráneos y cómo podrían afectar los suministros de agua potable para comunidades de bajos recursos. Los organizadores de la junta presentarán  una Guía Comunitaria sobre los Mercados de Agua Subterránea nueva, organizarán un breve panel de discusión y practicarán escenarios de mercados de agua subterránea. Habrá cena y interpretación al español. Para confirmar su asistencia, por favor complete un breve formulario aquí.

27 de julio de 4-8 PM. Una noche de arte y de Justicia en la granja de Runnymede. Acompáñanos el sábado 27 de julio a nuestro segundo evento anual para recaudar fondos ofreciéndoles una visita guiada de una colección privada de esculturas, una vibrante platica sobre el agua en California, una cena afuera y mas! Inscribite y aparta tu lugar aqui.


CWC EN LAS NOTICIAS

New York Times: Cultivan los alimentos de la nación, pero no pueden beber el agua. Susana De Anda, de CWC, trae a la luz la relación entre el agua limpia y el dinero. A pesar de producir los alimentos para la nación, los residentes del Valle Central, predominantemente residentes de Latinoamérica, enfrentan agua tóxica en sus hogares, escuelas y clínicas.

San Francisco Chronicle: 1 millón de californianos usan agua contaminada. ¿Pasará el estado un impuesto al agua limpia? Kelsey Hinton de CWC cuestiona la distribución de los recursos y la atención que brinda el estado. Existen soluciones para la crisis del agua potable limpia en el Valle Central y en todo el estado a través del Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica que ha sido propuesto.

Sacramento Bee: "No pudimos ni siquiera tomarnos baños": los Californianos con agua potable apelan por arreglos. Los residentes de la comunidad viajaron a Sacramento para celebrar una huelga de seda fuera de la capital estatal en apoyo de una financiación segura y sostenible para resolver la crisis de agua potable de CA.

Noticias de Kion 5/46: Los líderes del Condado de Monterey reúnen apoyo para el fondo estatal de agua potable segura. El socio comunitario y activista del agua, Horacio Amezquita, informó al público sobre las prácticas agrícolas que continúan contaminando las aguas subterráneas con nitratos. Susana De Anda, de CWC, habló sobre los efectos en la salud de la contaminación por nitratos a través de la exposición a corto y largo plazo, como vómitos, síndrome del bebé azul y cáncer.

Visalia Times Delta: Dolores Huerta condena los “la agua de la llave tóxica", apoya el impuesto al agua propuesto en la reunión del Valley. Los activistas comunitarios se reunieron fuera de la oficina de Bakersfield de la senadora Melissa Hurtado para pedir a los funcionarios electos que apoyen el Fondo Económico Para Tener Agua Sana, Limpia y Económica. Dolores Huerta y miembros de CWC se unieron con activistas de la comunidad.

Vea la última cobertura de noticias de CWC aquí.


LA MESA PARA EL CONTROL DEL AGUA DE PAJARO SUNNY MESA APOYA UNÁNIMEMENTE LA SUBVENCIÓN DE AGUA EMBOTELLADA PARA LOS HOGARES CERCANOS AFECTADOS POR EL AGUA POTABLE CONTAMINADA


El miércoles pasado, miembros de El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y económica junto con el equipo organizador de la Costa Central de CWC asistieron a la reunión de la junta del Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios de Pájaro Sunny Mesa para abogar por el agua embotellada para una comunidad ubicada al norte de Moss Landing en el condado de Monterey con altos niveles de nitrato y 1,2,3-TCP en su agua. Todos los miembros del Comité tuvieron la oportunidad de compartir su experiencia personal de lo que es vivir con agua contaminada. La junta del Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios de Pájaro Sunny Mesa votó unánimemente para aprobar que el Distrito de Servicios Comunitarios solitaria para el Acta de Limpieza y Reducción para el agua embotellada de emergencia! Nuestro equipo de organización de la Costa Central trabajará con El Comité, el Distrito de Servicios Comunitario y la Mesa Estatal del Control de Recursos Hídricos para iniciar la entrega de agua embotellada lo antes posible.


SEMANA HISTORICA PARA EL AGUA POTABLE SANA

Durante tres años, los residentes de la comunidad, CWC y otras organizaciones de todo el estado han liderado una campaña para aprobar una fuente de financiamiento segura y sostenible para resolver la crisis del agua potable del estado, pero la lucha por el agua sana y económica se ha llevado a cabo por décadas. La próxima semana tiene el potencial de ser un paso histórico para poner fin a esta crisis de una vez por todas.

Con la fecha límite del presupuesto estatal esta semana, la líder legendaria de los derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas, Dolores Huerta, se unió a los Californianos que viven sin agua potable limpia en una huelga de sed que llamó la atención sobre la urgente crisis de salud pública del agua potable contaminada en las comunidades de California. La huelga de sed se lanzó la semana pasada en el Capitolio, donde los residentes afectados dejaron de beber agua durante una hora en una temperatura de más de 100 grados para unirse en solidaridad con los más de un millón de californianos que no tienen acceso a agua sana. Los miembros de la comunidad, los líderes locales y los defensores de la justicia ambiental continuarán urgiendo a los representantes de tomar las decisiones que obtengan una fuente de financiamiento sostenible para el 15 de junio que proporcione el mayor nivel de certeza posible para el acceso universal y permanente a agua sana en California, y que esta fuente sea protegida de centros económicos inevitables. California debe implementar una solución de este tipo este mes, porque el millón de californianos que no tienen agua potable no merecen esperar más. Muchos han vivido toda su vida sin acceso a agua limpia.

¡Únase a nosotros la próxima semana en el Capitolio en apoyo del agua sana para TODOS!



¡PATTY AVILA-GARCIA SE UNE AL EQUIPO DE CWC!


¡Nuestro equipo se complace en presentarle a nuestra nueva miembra del personal! Patty Avila-Garcia se unió al equipo de Sacramento el mes pasado como Asociada de Programación. ¡Échele un vistazo a su
biografía y asegúrate de darle una bienvenida cálida!


ÚNASE A NOSOTROS EN WOODSIDE, CA EL 27 DE JULIO

Únase a nosotros el 27 de julio en nuestra próxima recaudación de fondos en Woodside, en Una noche de arte y justicia, que ofrece un recorrido por una colección privada de esculturas, una animada discusión sobre el agua potable en California, una cena al aire libre y más. Inscribite para reservar su lugar aquí..

Donde: Runnymede Farm

980 Runnymede Rd

Woodside, CA 94062 

Cuando: Sabado 27 de julio

                4-7 PM

Incribite a continuacion. ¡Esperamos verte!RSVP.png


¿QUIERES FORMAR PARTE DE NUESTRO EQUIPO? ¡CWC ESTÁ CONTRATANDO!

Para obtener descripciones completas de los trabajos y más información sobre cómo solicitar, visite: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Aperturas actuales:

Estratega de Liderazgo en el Agua - Oficina de Visalia

El Estratega de Liderazgo en el Agua es el principal responsable de coordinar la Red de Líderes Comunitarios del Agua (CWLN, por sus siglas en inglés) y de apoyar los esfuerzos para desarrollar el poder regional. CWLN es una red de 22 representantes electos de los consejos de la ciudad, la junta de supervisores del condado, las juntas locales de agua, los distritos de servicios públicos, los distritos de servicios comunitarios, las juntas escolares que se han comprometido a garantizar agua segura, limpia y asequible para sus comunidades. La red está diseñada para apoyar a los encargados de las decisiones elegidos a nivel local conectando a los líderes entre sí para brindar apoyo y tutoría entre iguales, brindando información precisa y experiencia en agua, y compartiendo información sobre oportunidades para asegurar agua potable sana y asequible. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Adriana Rentería en adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.


RECURSOS

  • ¿Sabe si su agua es sana para beber? Echa un vistazo a nuestra página bilingüe de preguntas frecuentes sobre el agua para ver qué pasos puedes tomar para averiguar qué hay en el agua que sale de la llaves.
  • Financiamiento disponible para sistemas de agua impactados por 1,2,3-TCP. El 14 de diciembre de 2017, la Mesa Estatal de Aguas aprobó una fecha de vigencia temprana para el nivel máximo de contaminantes (MCL) del contaminante 1,2,3-tricloropropano (1,2,3-TCP). Con el fin de obtener la recuperación de costos para el sistema impactado, es necesario de obtener representación legal con el fin de demandar a los responsables, Shell y Dow Chemicals, por la contaminación de 1-2-3 TCP. El demanda puede durar desde un año hasta 3 o más años, por lo que si se ve afectado por el 1-2-3 TCP y necesita ayuda financiera para cumplir con el nuevo MCL, existen fuentes de financiamiento en el estado disponibles para entidades elegibles. La fuente principal de financiamiento es el Fondo Rotativo Estatal del Agua Potable (conocido por sus siglas en inglés como DWSRF), y el Fondo de Becas de Agua Subterránea de la Proposición 1 también es una opción secundaria para cubrir casos en los que el DWSRF no cubre. Para calificar para las fuentes de fondos estatales, es probable que deba demostrar que está iniciando esfuerzos para recuperar los costos de las partes responsables. Por cualquier pregunta, contacte a la Mesa Estatal de Control de Recursos Hídricos. 

 


¡GRACIAS A NUESTROS GENEROSOS PARTIDARIOS!

¡Muchísimas gracias a nuestros donantes mensuales, cuyas contribuciones continuas ayudan a sostener nuestro trabajo a largo plazo para lograr un agua potable segura, limpia y económica!

 

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Donald Zimmerman, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kathryn Gilje,  Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

                                 

 Si quiere donar a CWC, por favor haga click aquí!


Patricia Avila-Garcia

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