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White House Honors Tulare County Water Advocate

ON Aug 10, 2016

When we talk about water in the San Joaquin Valley, it’s often to highlight water problems, like dry wells, contaminated drinking water or, more recently, toxic algae in lakes and reservoirs. But the news isn’t all bad: local advocate Susana De Anda recently received an award from the White House for her work bringing clean water to San Joaquin Valley communities.

Annual Report 2015

ON Aug 05, 2016

We just released our first Annual Report!

CWC Launches Urgent Campaign to Protect Groundwater in Drought-Affected Tulare County

ON Aug 05, 2016

With over 1,500 homes that have run completely out of water since 2014, Tulare County is at the epicenter of the drought. We need your support to make sure the Board of Supervisors develops a strong emergency groundwater ordinance that protects our shared groundwater resources.

Protecting Californians from Cancer-Causing Water Contaminant “1,2,3-TCP”

ON Jul 28, 2016

We’re thrilled that State Water Board staff just announced their preliminary recommendation to set the most health-protective legal limit for the pesticide byproduct 1,2,3-TCP in drinking water! CWC's 1,2,3-TCP campaign team has been advocating and educating residents tirelessly to ensure the new drinking water standard adequately protects public health, so we were very enthusiastic to hear that the Board is prioritizing setting a drinking water standard that will help protect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians who currently drink water contaminated by the dangerous carcinogen 1,2,3-TCP.

Waterwise: Supervisors should take overdraft water position

ON Jul 28, 2016

Community Water Center’s Kristin Dobbin is calling on the Board of Supervisors to consider recommendations addressing groundwater overdraft.

County looking at well drilling ordinance

ON Jul 27, 2016

Tulare County District 1 Supervisor Allen Ishida knows the importance of water and farming, but he also knows the situation the county has found itself in with dropping well levels.

California State Water Board holds meeting in Bakersfield about high levels of 1,2,3 TCP in the water

ON Jul 26, 2016

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The State Water Board held a public workshop in Bakersfield Tuesday on the pesticide byproduct 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP). The workshop was the second of of three meetings the State Water Board is holding in regards to 1,2,3 TCP.

State workshop informs water users 117 Kern County wells have levels of TCP

ON Jul 26, 2016

It was once classified as a "safe" pesticide by Central Valley farmers and an "okay" cleaning product. But 1-2-3 TCP is far from safe. It is an colorless, odorless, cancer-causing chemical that has leaked into our groundwater.

Contaminants in 117 public wells across Kern County

ON Jul 26, 2016

The State Water Resources Board met with the public Tuesday to discuss plans to monitor the high levels of 1,2,3-TCP that have been found in public wells across Kern County. The cleaning solvent 1,2,3-TCP is also associated with pesticide products.

Time to Set a Legal Limit for Carcinogen Found in Kern’s Water

ON Jul 22, 2016

A few weeks ago, a Bakersfield television report on the carcinogenic water contaminant 1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) caught many local residents by surprise. The report shared details about the prevalence of this drinking water contaminant and highlighted that some wells exceeded the state’s public health goal for 1,2,3-TCP by 200 times. Many people were rightfully confused and concerned.

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