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Climate Change Resources

Even preliminary studies indicate that a changing global climate will have vastly-important implications on droughts, agriculture, patterns of precipitation, the density of the snowpack, and the health of our once-thriving freshwater delta. The Community Water Center has compiled a list resources and studies that explain how California's Central Valley might be affected if significant action is not taken. 

  • A Water Adaptation Guide, prepared in accordance with current threats on water treatment and management, that provides details on how some of California's most vulnerable communities might be affected.

  • A Drought Equity Report which analyzes how the drought has affected (and continues to affect) some of California’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The report analyzes water shortages, price hikes, and structural barriers to achieving universal access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water for all Californians.
  • A Water Resources Factsheet, composed by the Department of Water Resources, with details on how warmer temperatures will effect regional weather patterns and infrastructure
  • A California Drought Factsheet, with information on how the most severe conditions were exacerbated by a changing global climate. Historical Data, as well as current and future trends for Severe Weather Events
  • A California Water Infrastructure Factsheet, with information on where California’s water comes from, as well as how its insufficient water storage and filtration infrastructure will be strained during periods of climate variability.
  • A Climate Change Threat List, with information on California’s unique position as a “Green State” amidst a climate-denying administration, as well as long-range planning and bond measure information.
  • An Immediate Threat Factsheet, prepared by the Public Policy Institute of California, with extensive information regarding flood planning and conservation of endangered and keystone species. Also includes an assessment of current goals and climate change plans in California.
  • A Sustainable Cities Study, researched and prepared by the University of Southern California, with extensive analysis on the drought- and flood-readiness of cities throughout California and the burgeoning threats they may face in the coming years due to Climate Change.
  • A Conjunctive Use Study, prepared by the United States Geological Survey, outlining the impacts that climate change will have on groundwater. The study places particular emphasis on recharge, discharge, and groundwater withdrawals.


White House Honors Tulare County Water Advocate

By Kerry Klein

August 9, 2016

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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. She's the co-director and co-founder of the Community Water Center, a non-profit that lobbies policymakers, pursues grants and helps communities organize around gaining access to safe drinking water. FM89’s Kerry Klein sat down with De Anda at her office in Visalia to talk water, climate, and what it means to be a White House “Champion of Change.”

“Every year, over a million Californians are exposed to illegal and unsafe contaminants found in their drinking water,” says De Anda. “In addition to that, we're paying some really expensive water rates for toxic water. What that means is that our hard-working familias are having to pay twice for water: for a toxic water bill, and then, in addition to that, having to find additional drinking water just to have safe drinking water in the home.

“It is not okay to have nitrates in your drinking water. It is not safe to have arsenic or 1,2,3-TCP or anything of that nature in your drinking water. It's just not safe and it shouldn't be there.”

De Anda, second from right, speaks at a White House panel with five other Champions of Change for Climate Equity.

The White House recently named De Anda a Champion of Change for Climate Equity, an award she ascribes to the center’s focus on tailoring its water projects to each individual community it works with.

“Climate equity means that we're bringing about solutions to people impacted by climate change in a way that's practical and real,” she says. “We have to really sit around the table and figure out solutions that are going to be applicable to the unique situations of our communities. That's equity.

“And I think it's important to recognize that climate change is very real and it's happening right now with a lot of our community partners. A lot of families right now in California don't have running water, and I think it's important to understand that water quality and water supply go hand in hand.”


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