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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.

2015 Legislative Session Moves Us Closer to Water Justice

ON Oct 01, 2015

Thanks to advocacy from our broad base of supporters and impacted residents, we demonstrated the power of grassroots organizing and advocacy this legislative session. CWC worked on several major bills that made it to the Governor’s desk...

We've Moved! New Sacramento Office

ON Oct 01, 2015

Our Sacramento team just moved into a new office on 10th Street between G and H Streets. If you want to visit our policy, communications, and development staff in Sacramento, you can find us right behind the historic Sacramento Hostel at 716 10th Street. Hope to see you soon!

Hundreds of Millions in Drought Relief Failing to Reach Many Californians

ON Sep 21, 2015

The next time you bring home a case of those little 16-ounce bottles of water, imagine living out of them: pouring a little out every time you wash a dish and dumping them into buckets to shower or flush the toilet. That’s what Maria Medina’s family has done since their well went dry 18 months ago.

AB 954 needed to better meet drought-impacted Californians’ needs and help create drought-resilient rural communities

ON Sep 07, 2015

This Labor Day, some of the hardest-working families in California will be spending much of the holiday trying to secure a basic human right. They’ll drive to generous neighbors’ homes or, if they’re lucky, to central water tanks to fill up water buckets, because the wells that have supplied their homes for years have run dry. Some of these residents will also be making calls to the Governor’s Office and to their legislative representatives to advocate for the passage of a bill to ensure that Californians reliant on domestic wells have access to reliable, safe, and affordable water during the drought.

10 Questions: Susana De Anda, co-founder of the Community Water Center

ON Sep 06, 2015

Susana De Anda has taken her passion for social justice and turned it into an effort to assist members of her community by providing access to clean drinking water. As co-founder and co-executive director of the Community Water Center, based in Visalia, California's San Joaquin Valley, she has helped create tools that give members of a largely agricultural region the chance to be heard.

After the drought: Private well owners left behind?

ON Sep 05, 2015

Reacting to the drought emergency, state leaders have rescued trout from a warm San Joaquin River, offered $30 million in rebates for ripping out lawns and paid hundreds of millions to help communities facing water shortages. Yet one small group of Californians soon will fall through the safety net, water advocates say. They are private owners of failed wells – thousands in the San Joaquin Valley.

Convening Brought Stakeholders Together to Discuss a Stronger Drought Response

ON Sep 01, 2015

Representatives from multiple Valley counties, state and federal agencies, and NGOs convened for a productive conversation about challenges to providing drought assistance to disadvantaged communities...

New Report Outlines Strategies for Better Groundwater Management

ON Jul 30, 2015

A new report out today from Community Water Center, Clean Water Fund, and Union of Concerned Scientists highlights opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse stakeholders in California’s new system of groundwater management. “Collaborating For Success” draws on a wealth of research demonstrating the critical role of stakeholder engagement in achieving successful shared resource management.

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