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Public Comment Period Nearing for Cancer-Causing Water Contaminant 1,2,3-TCP

ON Nov 22, 2016

It's been almost a year since CWC kicked off our campaign to protect drinking water from cancer-causing drinking water contaminant 1,2,3-TCP, and we've come a long way. But, we still have work to do. What may be the most critical point in this process is still to come. Once the State Water Board staff has drafted the regulations, they must solicit input from the public. The formal public comment period is set to take place in December - January, with the public hearing before the State Water Board members in January.

United for Water Justice

ON Nov 10, 2016

Now more than ever, we must stand together in the movement for water justice. Together, we can and will resist racism, sexism, xenophobia, and hate as we fight to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Allensworth and Alpaugh Featured in Groundwater Matters Film Premiere

ON Nov 07, 2016

Talking about groundwater regulations and governance can occasionally seem a little dry and boring, but it’s a huge issue for California.

Press Release: Kern County Opportunity to Shape Statewide Water Affordability Program

ON Nov 07, 2016

Visalia, CA – The State Water Resources Control Board will be in Bakersfield this Wednesday, November 9, at the Junior League Community Center to gather public input on a proposed statewide water affordability program. The meeting, one of five held around the state this fall, is the first step toward shaping a program that will ensure all Californians have affordable drinking water.

Being Undocumented Means They Can't Vote, But They Registered Those Who Can

ON Oct 30, 2016

Pedro Ramirez is the head of voter outreach for the Visalia-based Community Water Center – but he can’t vote. Ramirez was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and brought to the United States illegally at age 3. He now holds a work permit and temporary protection from deportation under the Obama administration’s 2012 program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “People that can register to vote should, and they should vote because there’s people like me that can’t,” he said.

Meetings on Water Affordability Program Begin

ON Oct 27, 2016

The State Water Board provided the space to solicit input from residents and other stakeholders about how to design a statewide low-income water rate assistance program. At the first workshop in Fresno, several residents discussed the impacts of unaffordable water rate hikes and how factors such as unemployment, having disabilities, and being low-income increase challenges to paying for basic water needs. State Water Board staff explained that these types of factors would be considered in the development of the Low-Income Water Rate Assistance program.

Why Is an 11-Year-Old Registering His Neighbors to Vote? It’s the Water

ON Oct 24, 2016

Poplar doesn’t have a mayor or a city council. The only local elected officials are the five members of the board of the Poplar Community Services District, which manages water, sewage and the community’s one park. Now there are two open seats on that board. And activists like Isaiah hope to fill them with someone who can help Poplar residents with a basic necessity: drinking water.

State Letter to Farmers Demands Water to Fix Nitrate Problem

ON Oct 22, 2016

A state water agency has told some farmers in Tulare County that their operations caused nitrates to get into drinking water, and that the contamination must be replaced with a clean source. If the farmers don’t do it voluntarily, the state will order them to do so, the enforcement division of the State Water Resources Control Board says in a confidential letter obtained by The Bee.

AGUA and CWC Host Federal EPA Officials

ON Oct 07, 2016

Last month, the AGUA Coalition and CWC hosted federal officials from the US EPA’s Office of Water to share their experiences and expertise as the federal agency develops its National Action Plan for Safe Drinking Water.

Legislative Update: Six New California Laws Impacting Water

ON Oct 06, 2016

The end of September meant both the end of the 2016 water year and a deadline for signing new legislation. In the past few weeks California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bevy of new bills into law, many of them addressing drought or water issues in the state

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