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Sacramento New Office Open House Party!

ON Nov 09, 2015

To celebrate our new space, we are having a New Office Open House Party on Thursday, November 19th from 4:30-7:00PM in Downtown Sacramento! Join us to enjoy CWC's new office and catch up with friends and allies in the movement for water justice! We'll have local beer, wine, and snacks. RSVP on our event page!

Drought Convening Discussion Paper Advances Solutions

ON Nov 08, 2015

In late August, CWC convened representatives from multiple Valley counties, state and federal agencies, and NGOs for a productive conversation about challenges to providing drought assistance to disadvantaged communities and strategies for improving and streamlining the drought response. CWC’s Senior Fellow David Okita compiled the main challenges and solutions discussed at the Convening, and developed Practitioners Drought Convening Policy Discussion Paper: Where Do We Go From Here?.

Familias trabajadoras y pobres sufren más la falta de agua

ON Nov 05, 2015

La sequía que azota California desde hace cuatro años agravó el problema del agua en zonas rurales del estado. Por ejemplo, en el Valle Central muchas comunidades disponen de agua pero está contaminada y por lo tanto no sirve para beber ni cocinar, lo que obliga a los residentes a comprar agua embotellada.

Honoring Leaders in the Face of Drought

ON Nov 03, 2015

Joined by many of our close community partners, allies, and supporters, we honored Leaders in the Face of Drought at our Water Justice Celebration in Visalia on October 27, 2015. CWC's Co-Directors Susana De Anda and Laurel Firestone, as well as Legislative Secretary Martha Guzman-Acevez acknowledged the courage and hard work of the residents, organizations, and elected officials working to ensure their communities have access to water during California's devastating drought.

Central Valley communities get drought-related grants

ON Nov 03, 2015

East Porterville and other Valley communities suffering the effects of California’s worst drought in decades are getting financial aid from the federal government to buoy their water supplies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved about $3.3 million in grants for eight communities in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties.

Tulare Lake Basin Stakeholders Collaborating For Community Water Solutions

ON Oct 29, 2015

Stakeholders from all four Tulare Lake Basin counties reconvened on October 26th to discuss next steps and priorities for the implementation of the Tulare Lake Basin (TLB) Disadvantaged Community (DAC) water study. The TLB study stakeholders group is collaborating to accelerate sustainable community water solutions in the region.

Donate Now to Strengthen the Drought Response

ON Oct 20, 2015

Over 2,200 homes in the Central Valley now have dry wells, and wells continue running dry each week the drought continues. To help residents access immediate drought relief and organize for long-term solutions, we’re conducting outreach to Valley residents like Joe Antony Telles, who is only just now starting to receive drought assistance after his well went dry three months ago. Your help is needed to ensure that the individuals most affected by the drought can continue building and leading campaigns for reliable, safe, and affordable water.

South Valley County Taking Steps to Ease Drought Impact on Families

ON Oct 20, 2015

Thousands continue to live without water in their homes but a South Valley county made a decision today that could help relieve the situation for some.

Water Justice Celebration in Visalia, October 27th

ON Oct 13, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 5:30-8:00p.m. at the Visalia community art venue “210,” we will be hosting our annual Water Justice Celebration: Leaders in the Face of Drought. We are thrilled to share that Martha Guzman-Aceves, Deputy Legislative Secretary in the Governor’s Office, will be joining us to recognize how far we have come toward the goal of securing safe water for all communities.

Why California's Poorest Towns Still Can't Connect to Water

ON Oct 09, 2015

In Matheny Tract, California, the sour odor of sewage is especially strong in the morning—and so is the irony that residents can’t connect to the system it represents. The poor, unincorporated community of roughly 300 homes sits adjacent to the city of Tulare, population 61,000. A single, dusty field is all that separates Matheny Tract’s mostly African-American and Latino residents from Tulare’s recently expanded wastewater treatment plant. Though Tulare’s sewer system is more robust than ever, Matheny Tract residents must use septic tanks, since they are not part of the city.

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