Seven, small, unincorporated communities in northern Tulare County have moved closer to a regional water solution! For the past few months, CWC’s organizing team has been knocking on doors and holding community meetings as pre-project outreach work across the seven communities. The County recently signed a Governance Study contract to evaluate region-wide governance solutions to address the area’s drinking water challenges, which include groundwater contaminated with high levels of nitrates and the pesticide DBCP.
Community outreach meetings held in the seven communities have attracted over 175 people who want to learn more about the regional project and how they can be involved in the 18-month Governance Study. At the meetings, community residents were joined by representatives of the State Water Resources Control Board, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Alta Irrigation District, and the Sultana, Orosi, East Orosi, and Cutler Water Boards. Momentum is growing for an All-Stakeholders Summit which will take place in late July.
If you’re a resident of northern Tulare County, let us know! CWC is currently accepting applications from community residents to be part of a working group to provide guidance on the analysis and recommendations for the Governance Study.
The working group will convene from this August through summer 2016. Community residents will be polled on their preferences for the Governance Alternatives in early 2016 before moving forward with the formation of the new Governance Entity starting in March 2016.
More information on the Northern Tulare County Regional Safe Drinking Water Project is available here.