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Interim Groundwater Ordinances Needed

ON Dec 17, 2015

After four years of drought, we need to take local action now to mitigate impacts and protect our most vulnerable residents. With thousands of dry household wells in the San Joaquin Valley, our counties need to do a better job monitoring well drilling and addressing the negative impacts of virtually unrestricted groundwater pumping.

2015: A Year in Review

ON Dec 07, 2015

From drought relief to consolidation tools to private well testing to regional solutions, you helped us accomplish a lot this year, and we're counting on your support to make 2016 just as successful! Read about what we've accomplished together in 2015!

Support CWC Through Your Holiday Shopping

ON Dec 03, 2015

Give the gift of safe, affordable water! We are excited to partner with sculptor Pattie Firestone to be offering beautiful earrings based on the Chinese characters for water and collaboration. Supporters who donate at least $30 to CWC will receive a pair of Firestone’s beautiful earrings. You can give the earrings as a gift to a friend to symbolize the beauty and importance of water and collaboration, or you can keep the earrings to show your support for water justice.

Prop 1 Funding Available Now for Communities to Apply

ON Dec 03, 2015

CWC and our partners worked hard to secure over half a billion dollars in the 2014 Prop 1 Water Bond specifically to address the water needs of disadvantaged communities, and now is the time for communities and nonprofits to be applying for this funding. Applications are continuously being accepted online for wastewater and drinking water projects, which communities and nonprofits can apply for here.

Co-Executive Director Laurel Firestone Focuses on Unmet Safe Drinking Water Needs at Senate Committee Hearing

ON Dec 03, 2015

Earlier this month, CWC’s Co-Executive Director, Laurel Firestone, spoke on a panel with several other water experts before the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee to discuss chronically underfunded water needs. Laurel focused on the immense resources gap for safe, affordable drinking water in small, disadvantaged communities, including schools. Laurel stressed the issue of ongoing operations and maintenance costs and unaffordable rates, as well as need for better and more transparent data of California’s drinking water crisis.

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up and a Recent Big Win for Private Well Owners!

ON Dec 03, 2015

With support from many of you, we achieved a lot in the 2015 legislative session! Governor Brown signed many water justice bills that CWC and our community partners supported, including: AB 401 (Dodd), which requires the state to develop a low-income water rate assistance program; SB 208 (Lara), which improves the Integrated Regional Water Management Program; and AB 1390 (Alejo), which streamlines groundwater basin adjudication while strengthening the goals and process set out in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Arvin Signs Administrative Order with EPA and Establishes New Timeline for Securing Safe Water

ON Dec 03, 2015

The community of Arvin, which has had unsafe arsenic contamination for over a decade, is now on track to have safe water by the end of 2019. Six of the community’s seven wells currently exceed arsenic standards, which led to enforcement action from USEPA Region 9 starting in 2008. In September, the Arvin Community Services District (ACSD) agreed to a new Administrative Order with a timeline for the community’s Arsenic Mitigation Project.

Fresno County Board of Supervisors Take First Step Toward Developing Interim Groundwater Ordinance!

ON Dec 03, 2015

On Tuesday, Nov. 17th, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of applying for state funding to develop an interim groundwater ordinance. This is a huge step forwards for a region where thousands of residents lack running water due to excessive groundwater pumping. After four years of drought, we need to take local action now to mitigate impacts and protect our most vulnerable residents.

Support Water Justice this Giving Tuesday!

ON Dec 01, 2015

Now is your chance to stand with communities on the front lines of climate change by donating to CWC to build the grassroots movement for water justice. You can help make sure access to safe water is a right, not a privilege or a gift.

CWC Launches Private Well Testing Program

ON Nov 11, 2015

CWC has tested 17 private domestic wells during the pilot phase of our free private well testing program for low-income homeowners. This new CWC program helps Californians understand if they have health-harming pollutants like arsenic, uranium, bacteria, or pesticide byproducts in their well water.

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