Community Water Center

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October 2017 CWLN Newsletter

Events & Announcements:

Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance Formed

                    Sultana_community.png                    Last week, Sultana Community Services District members voted in favor of a resolution to join the collaborative regional Alliance.

After years of negotiation and community input, we are excited to announce that the Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance was formed on October 6th! Last week, Sultana Community Services District members voted in favor of a resolution to join the collaborative regional alliance. As the third of three parties to sign the Joint Powers Agreement, along with East Orosi Community Services District and Tulare County, their signature made it official.

This alliance will help to plan shared solutions for a sustainable water future for the communities of East Orosi, Sultana, Seville, Yettem and Monson. CWC has worked with northern Tulare County communities since our founding. For the past several years, we have been providing technical assistance to the stakeholders involved in forming the new Alliance.

 Getting Involved in Groundwater: Local Perspectives 

Toolkit Release and panel discussion

Thursday, October 26th 2017

10:30AM- 1:15PM [lunch included]

Broadmoore Room, University Square Hotel

4961 N. Cedar Ave, Fresno CA 93726

                                      sustainable_groundwater_management.jpg                                The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires diverse water users and managers come together to create local groundwater sustainability plans. You don’t need to be a water expert to participate!

The Union of Concerned Scientists, Self-Help Enterprises, and Community Water Center invite you to a panel discussion on local groundwater sustainability planning and the launch of the toolkit, Getting Involved in Groundwater; A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans. The toolkit breaks down some of the technical components of the GSP process—such as water budgets and models, working with consultants, and setting sustainability goals—so getting involved and working together is easier.

Speakers will include:
Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Assemblymember, California State Legislature
Eric Osterling, Manager of Water Resources, Kings River Conservation District
Virginia Gurrola, former City Councilmember and Mayor, city of Porterville
Cruz Rivera, Vice-President, Plainview Mutual Water Company
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith, toolkit co-author and Senior Program Officer, Water Foundation

Join CWC on October 28th to Talk to Tulare County Voters About Their Water

This month, CWC will be talking with thousands of Tulare County voters about their water. We’re inviting them to join us at an upcoming community meeting to learn more and get involved in the movement for water justice.

On Saturday, October 28th, you’re invited to join us for a volunteer canvassing day. We’ll be training everyone in Visalia and then heading out to knock on doors. If you’re free from 9:30am-2:30pm on October 28th, and would like to join our canvass team as a volunteer, please let us know! Call our Visalia office at 559-733-0219 or email at to let us know if you’re available.

$9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools

The California State Water Resources Control Board has $9.5 million in grant funding available through the Drinking Water for Schools Program, which may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for these funds, including schools that serve kindergarten through 12th grade, and preschools and daycares that are located on school property. During the first nine months, the program is open only to LEAs that serve Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) with a population of less than 20,000. County offices of education are encouraged to apply on behalf of multiple small districts within their jurisdiction, which can reduce costs through joint purchasing and contracting.

If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here or contact Kim Hanagan, State Water Resources Control Board at (916) 323-0624.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period. Contact us at for more information.

Applications Open for Water Education Foundation 2018 Water Leaders Class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills. Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions. Class members are required to attend a special January orientation at the Foundation’s Sacramento office, the Bay-Delta Tour mid-year, along with one other water tour of their choice, as well as the Executive Briefing, the Foundation’s flagship annual conference. Individual class members are also assigned a top level policy-maker, scientist or legal expert as a mentor, with whom they spend one day “shadowing” and later conduct a one-on-one interview on the class research topic. The program began in 1997 and class alums have gone on to achieve top positions at the state Legislature, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and leading private companies involved in water.

Visit for more information about the program. You can download an application form here that you can fill out on your computer. Applications are due Dec. 5, 2017 and scholarships are available. Contact Kasey Chong at with any questions.

Don’t miss our next Network Briefing: Thursday October 26, 4-5 PM

Network “briefings” are monthly conference calls that provide members the opportunity to connect with each other, crowd-source questions, and receive information from the comfort of their own homes. As a reminder, we changed service providers which means, we have a new conference call phone number and passcode. To join, dial (929) 432-4463, when prompted, enter the access code 5254-59-7515 followed by the pound key (#). Let Adriana know if you need a pre-paid calling card in order to call long-distance.


  1.            Member updates and questions
  2.            Regional and state updates and questions
  3.            Monthly discussion topic: Community plans

Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Funding Available

DWR has released the final version of 2017 Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) and Projects Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program, funded through Proposition 1.

The SGWP Grant Program provides a total of $86.3 million funds for projects that develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects.$10 million of this funding is reserved for projects that serve Severely Disadvantaged Communities, the rest of the funding will support the planning, preparation or development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans. Projects must address high and medium priority basins or a non-adjudicated portion of one of these basins. The application is available online through the Grants Review and Tracking System (GRanTS). Check out the DWR’s list of frequently asked questions. The deadline to file for grant funding is November 13, 2017.

Featured Resources of the Month:

This month, DWR released several tools and information that users can use to better understand data relating to groundwater of their area. Check out the tools and information below:

Department of Water Resources Well Completion Report Map Application:                                                            The Well Completion Report Map Application provides direct statewide access to copies of Well Completion Reports. Well Completion Reports contain information collected by drillers during the drilling and construction of water wells, including the location, dates of construction, planned use, depth of the well, subsurface geologic units encountered, well construction, and well yield.


Department of Water Resources Groundwater Level Data Summary:                                                                The Spring 2017 Groundwater Level Data Summary, presents a draft summary of Spring 2017 groundwater level data available in the DWR groundwater level database as of July 11, 2017. The information, which illustrates changes throughout the 2012-16 drought, also includes a discussion of Spring 2017 data coverage and groundwater level trends. Statewide Spring Groundwater Level Change Maps are also available on the Maps and Reports page of the Groundwater Information Center <>.

Upcoming events:

October 24. Water Audits as First Part of Water Loss Control. 9:00AM-10:00AM. Online. Free.  


October 24. Water Audits and Water Loss Control: Gathering and Entering Your Data. 11:00AM-12:00PM. Online. Free.


October 25-26. Water Treatment Certification Review. CRWA Training Headquarters, 1234 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834. Cost: $350.


October 25. Public Meeting: Water Quality Coordinating Committee Meeting. 9:00AM. CalEPA Heaadquarters - Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I Street, Second Floor Sacrameno, CA 95814. Free.


October 26. Distribution Operation & Maintenance: Maintaining Water Quality. 8:30-3:30PM. RCAC-Sal Solinas Room 3120 Freeboard Dr. West Sacramento, CA 95691. Free.


October 26. Public Meeting: Water Quality Coordinating Committee Meeting. 8:30AM. CalEPA Headquarters - Coastal Hearing Room 1001 I Street, Second Floor Sacramento, CA 95815. Free.


October 26. PPIC Water Policy Center Presents Priorities for California's Water. 9:00AM-12:30PM. 1230 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814. Free.


November 1. San Joaquin River Restoration Tour. 7:30AM. Fresno, CA.


November 2. Revised Total Coliform Rule (rTCR). 10AM & 2PM. Online. Free.


November 7. AB1234: Ethics for Public Elected Officials. 10AM. Online. Free.


November 7. Why Aren’t We Talking About It? Drinking Water and Lead Exposure. 11:00AM-12:00PM. Online. Free.


November 8. Managed Groundwater Recharge To Support Sustainable Water Management. 8:30AM-4:30PM. 1400 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814.


November 9. Planning for School Water Quality: Steps Schools Should Take. 11:00AM-12:00PM. Online. Free.


November 14. CalTAP Fair. 8:30AM-4:00PM. Hampton Inn and Suites - 945 Hartle Court, Napa, CA. Free.


November 15. California Water Commission Meeting. 9:30AM. 1416 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA 95814. Free.

November 15. Solutions: Find It and Fix It - Or Flush or Filter It. 11:00AM-12PM. Online. Free.

Find more events on our Community Water Leaders online calendar found at

Do you have any questions about this newsletter or the Community Water Leaders Network? 
Contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or

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