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March 2019 eNews

March 2019

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Dear Friend,

We’re hiring! Our Sacramento and Visalia offices are looking for candidates to fill our two Program Associate positions. Both positions allow ample room for growth at our organization and many learning opportunities in the realms of environmental justice policy, organizing and nonprofit organizational sustainability. If you love to learn, and are excited to jump into the world of water justice, this may be the right fit for you! Learn more here.

Adelante,
Susana

 


CWC in the news

Valley Public Radio: Governor Newsom's Clean Water Tax A 'Moral Imperative' To Some, A Burden To Others. Jonathan Nelson, CWC’s Policy Director, provides an in depth overview of why the legislature must pass a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund this year.

ABC 30: California water tax: Mixed reactions in Valley over proposal. Erica Fernandez, CWC’s Director of Organizing, urges the legislature to remember that safe and affordable drinking water is a human right, not a privilege.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


Nitrates 6x the Legal Limit Found in Private Wells in Monterey County

Tetra Tech consultants testing a private well testing in North Monterey County.

In early 2019, our Central Coast team began testing private wells throughout Monterey County through a free Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board program, and we have started to receive the results. Of the seven wells we tested, all have high levels of nitrate contamination -- three had levels up to six times the legal limit for this contaminant -- and five  have high levels of the cancer-causing contaminant 1,2,3-trichloropropane. This is a call to action for immediate interim solutions in this area, including bottled water delivery, but also a stark reminder of the importance of finding long-term solutions for families on private wells.

Our team will be providing well testing results along with resources on what the contamination means for the families whose homes are impacted, as well as what options they have to protect their health until a long-term solution is found. As we mentioned last month, residents impacted by unsafe water in the Bluff/Jensen/Springfield area of Monterey County have formed their own community based organization (CBO) called Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y economica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Water), which will serve as an organizing and advocacy arm for community drinking water solutions. We are excited to keep working alongside these community activists until all families have safe and affordable water in their homes!

If you live in Monterey County and are served by a private well, please reach out to our Community Organizer, Cesar Garcia, for more information on how you can become involved in this free program at cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org or (831) 288-0450.


Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Passes Through its First Committee Hearing!

SJV community members traveled to Sacramento twice last week to make it clear that the time for safe drinking water solutions for our communities is NOW. More than 30 residents impacted by unsafe water spoke at hearings for the Governor’s trailer bill, Senate Bill 200 (Monning), and Assembly Bill 217 (E. Garcia) respectively.

To stay up to date on this campaign, sign up for our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund email list here!

The first big test for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund was the vote that took place in the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee this past Tuesday. AB 217 authored by safe water champion Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, passed with a 6-3 vote, moving the bill to the next step for review by the Assembly Appropriations Committee!

Ongoing engagement is still needed to ensure that the CA Legislature follows through on its commitment to create a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to provide long-term drinking water solutions for communities living with contaminated drinking water. We still need your help to do this.  Will you take 5 minutes to let your legislators know safe and affordable drinking water needs to be a priority this year?


Join us in Berkeley on this wednesday!

In partnership with the David Brower Center and Sierra Club San Francisco chapter, we are hosting an free educational event on California’s drinking water crisis. Join us for a insightful discussion with a panel of experts on this issue and how we can solve it together. A reception with food and drink to follow!

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AGUA Member Josie Nieto Selected as Award Winner for Women’s History Month in Tulare County

Long-time AGUA member and Community Activist Josie Nieto was selected as an award winner for Women’s History Month by Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero! She is being honored for her activism, organizing her community towards long-term safe and affordable drinking water solutions. Already this year, she has traveled to Sacramento three times to share how unsafe water impacts her family and urge the CA legislature to secure a sustainable funding solution for this crisis. She is an inspiration to our team, and we are so grateful to work alongside her in the water justice movement!


Save the Date for our Upcoming Watsonville Open House

Join our team at our newest office in Watsonville for an open house on Thursday, April 25th! This will be a great opportunity to meet and connect with Central Coast staff members on priorities to advance safe and affordable drinking access for low-income communities of color in the region. Please come meet us and help us break in our new home! Food and drinks will be served.

Where: CWC Watsonville Office

406 Main Street, Suite 421, Watsonville, CA 95076

When: Thursday, April 25th, 4-6 PM

To help us get a head count, please RSVP below. Look forward to seeing you!

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Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water. This position will be based in Visalia. The Legal Fellow will also work collaboratively with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic. To apply and for more information, please click on the link above. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Program Associate - Sacramento Office
This position is primarily responsible for providing policy, communications, fund development and other programmatic support based in the Sacramento office, and has room for growth based on candidates’ skills, interests and qualifications.To apply and for more information, please click on the link above.This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Hinton at kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.

Program Associate - Visalia Office
This position is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.  If you have any questions, please contact Anavel Valdez-Lupercio at anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

MAR 29, 4-5 PM. Community Platica in North Monterey County. If you are a resident from Bluff/Jensen/Springfield and surrounding areas, join the Committee for Safe, Clean, and Affordable Drinking Water to learn more about the drinking water quality in your communities, how it impacts your health, and resources available for accessing safe and affordable drinking water. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 500-1255 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for the address and more information.

APR 2, 5:30-7:30 PM. Porterville Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Workshop. Comision Honorifica Mexicana Americana (CHMA) (466 E. Putnam Avenue Porterville, California 93257). Please contact Ryan Jensen at (559) 733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

APR 3, 6-9 PM. Brower Center Educational Event (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). This free event will provide an overview of California’s drinking water crisis impacting more than one million people. Speakers include CWC Co-Founder and Executive Director Susana De Anda, impacted community leaders, legal and policy experts on safe water campaigns in CA. A panel discussion will be followed immediately by a reception with food and drink. If you are in or near the Bay Area, please come join us! RSVP at the following link: bit.ly/browercenter

APR 13, 10-3 PM. CWLN Roundtable: Board Roles and Responsibilities. CWC Visalia Office (900 W. Oak Ave, 93291). Join the Community Water Leader’s Network (CWLN) for a roundtable discussion on legal duties and requirements of board members including board member and board staff roles, drinking water requirements, and language accessibility requirements. Please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219 for more information.

APR 25, 4-6 PM. CWC Watsonville Office Open House. (406 Main Street Suite 421, Watsonville, CA 95076). Stop by our Watsonville office to meet our Central Coast team and hear about the priorities for safe and affordable drinking water in the region. Food and drinks will be served. Please help us break in our new office home by RSVPing here! Please contact Natalie Garcia at natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org or (831) 288-0450 for more information.

JUL 27, 4-7 PM. An Evening of Art and Justice. Runnymede Farm (980 Runnymede Rd, Woodside, CA 94062). Join CWC staff for a truly unique evening including a guided tour of a private sculpture collection at Runnymede Farm! The tour will be followed by dinner and an insider’s look into California’s drinking water crisis and timely opportunities to fix it. Suggested donation is $200 per ticket. Please contact Natalie Garcia at natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org or (831) 288-0450 to reserve your spot!


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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. The application deadline for the grant program is March 1, 2019.
  • 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 them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.

  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of February!

Adrienne Shilton, Alexander Harnden, Amanda Fencl, Amaris Fraley, Brian Augusta, Camille Pannu, Dan Howells, Darrin Polhemus, David Cory, Dorene D'Adamo, Joaquin Esquivel, Ethan Mathews, George Kostyrko, Gita Kapahi, Gladys Acosta, Jay Ziegler, Jennifer Clary, Jenny Rempel, Juan Altamirano, Lyn Fine, Marina Perez, Mark Carlson, Matthew Bridges, Moises Moreno-Rivera, Nancy Wiens, Omar Carrillo, Rucker Alex, Sean Maguire, Siddharth Nag, Sonja Brodt, Trinidad Rodriguez

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


AGUA Member Josie Nieto Selected as Award Winner for Women’s History Month in Tulare County

Long-time AGUA member and Community Activist Josie Nieto was selected as an award winner for Women’s History Month by Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero! She is being honored for her activism, organizing her community towards long-term safe and affordable drinking water solutions. Already this year, she has traveled to Sacramento three times to share how unsafe water impacts her family and urge the CA legislature to secure a sustainable funding solution for this crisis. She is an inspiration to our team, and we are so grateful to work alongside her in the water justice movement!


February 2019 eNews

February 2019

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Dear Friend,

Yesterday, CWC’s Co-Founder and my Co-Director Laurel Firestone was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board. She will serve as a member of the board for the next four years. Although we are sad to have her leave CWC in her official capacity, we know that her dedication to environmental justice will be an excellent addition to this statewide decision making body. Laurel will continue in la lucha for safe and affordable drinking water for ALL, alongside our communities and the CWC familia.

I have now stepped into my new role as Executive Director of Community Water Center and could not be more excited for what’s to come both for the Center and for water justice in California.

Adelante,
Susana

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CWC in the news

Politifact: TRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher. Read this story for a overview of where the one million statistic comes from and why experts believe it to be an underestimate for those without safe water in CA.

Sacramento Bee: Californians with bad water ask for help while opposition mounts to Newsom’s proposed tax. SJV community members traveled to Sacramento to attend an informational hearing on the state’s drinking water crisis, where Susana was asked to serve as an expert witness.

Peak Design: Southern Sierra Activism - The locals protecting California air, land, and water. Private well owner and AGUA member Cristobal Chavez is featured.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.

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First central coast cbo formed!


Last Friday, community residents in Northern Monterey County of Bluff, Jensen and Springfield roads came together to form the first community based organization (CBO) in the Central Coast! CBOs provide community residents impacted by lack of safe water a structure to meet regularly and strategize for long-term solutions for their families. The Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y economica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Water) will work to ensure that all homes and schools have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water. The Comité will focus their organizing on solutions for water contamination in their communities including nitrate levels found at six times the legal limit and other contaminants like 1,2,3 TCP and Chrom-6. They are already organizing around the local elementary school, working to obtain safe bottled water for all students and staff.

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Fight for Safe and Affordable Water Continues

Discussions around solving California’s drinking water crisis continued in February both at the state Capitol and the US Capitol.

On February 6th, San Joaquin Valley residents shared their experience with unsafe water at an informational hearing on the state’s drinking water crisis and ways to solve it. Susana served as an expert witness at the hearing, alongside Department of Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crawfoot, and State Water Resources Control Board Chair Joaquin Esquival.


Later in the month, CWC’s Policy Director Jonathan Nelson traveled to Washington D.C. to inform Congress on California’s drinking water crisis and what solutions are needed  with the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. See video of his testimony here!

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Join us in Berkeley on April 3rd!

In partnership with the Sierra Club of California and the David Brower Center, we are hosting a free educational event on California’s drinking water crisis. Join us for an insightful discussion with a panel of experts on this issue and how we can solve it together. A reception with food and drink to follow!

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If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please see our sponsorship opportunities here and email Natalie Garcia-Grazier, our Director of Strategic Partnerships. All sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the event and their logo on event materials!

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5th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to join us in honoring three water justice champions for their dedication to safe and affordable water for all! We had a blast connecting with community members, ally partners, supporters and government officials at Mayahuel. See pictures from the event here!

A special thank you to our Premier Water Justice Sponsors California Water Service and Robins Borghei, LLC as well as the rest of our 2019 WJLA sponsors! This event would not be possible without all of you and you helped raise more than $50,000 for the movement for water justice!

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Help us Design our New Website!


CWC is currently conducting a website redesign this year. It's been around four years since we designed our current site here. We would like to develop a website that has a simpler, cleaner design and that also has content created specifically in Spanish/English for our community partners’ advocacy and organizing work.

To prepare for the update, we are asking key stakeholders. like you, to complete a 3 minute survey to get feedback on our current site and what you would like to see in a redesign. See the survey here. We really appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback on this redesign!

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Do you want to join our team? CWC is Hiring!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Program Associate - Sacramento Office
The Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing organizational,  communications, fund development and other programmatic support based in the Sacramento office. This position reports to the Communications Manager and will also work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships, other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Hinton at kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.


Program Associate - Visalia Office
The Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.  If you have any questions, please contact Anavel Valdez-Lupercio at anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

MAR 6, 9 AM-3 PM. Equity on the Mall. California State Capitol (1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814). Thousands of San Joaquin Valley residents will travel to Sacramento next week to advocate for healthier and more equitable communities. Please contact Erica Fernandez at (559) 733-0219 or erica.fernandez@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

MAR 11, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

MAR 12, 5:30-7:30 PM. Terra Bella Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Workshop. Veterans Memorial Building (23941 Avenue 95 Terra Bella, California 93270). Please contact Ryan Jensen at (559) 733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

MAR 26, 5:30-7:30 PM. Porterville Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Workshop. Comision Honorifica Mexicana Americana (CHMA) (466 E. Putnam Avenue Porterville, California 93257). Please contact Ryan Jensen at (559) 733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

APR 3, 6-9 PM. Brower Center Educational Event (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). This free event will provide an overview of California’s drinking water crisis impacting more than one million people. This event is in response to feedback from Californians from all parts of the state who said that they don’t know that contaminated drinking water was an issue in California. RSVP here.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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. The application deadline for the grant program is March 1, 2019.
  • 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 them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.

  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin,

Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of January!

Bharath Kumar, Geoff Eisenberg, Jennifer Harder, Justin Malan, Max Gomberg, Nikki Paschal, Paul Boyer,  Sister Jean Schafer, Tina Leahy

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


January 2019 eNews

January 2019

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Dear friends,

We are heartbroken to share that long-time AGUA member and mentor to the CWC familia, Jesus Quevedo has passed away. Señor Quevedo worked with Susana and Laurel since the beginning of CWC, helping to found the AGUA Coalition in 2006. He was a strong and steady presence, providing compelling testimony to local, regional and state legislators and leading fellow community activists in their fight for safe water. He will be dearly missed. If you would like to join his family in honoring his memory, his funeral arrangement information can be found below.


Friday 1/25/19
Rosary at 6pm at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church in Dinuba at 356 N Villa Ave, Dinuba, CA 93618

Saturday 1/26/19
Funeral Mass: 8 am at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church at 356 N Villa Ave, Dinuba, CA 93618

Abrazos,

Susana and Laurel

 


CWC in the news

Sacramento Bee: Gavin Newsom budget calls for drinking water tax to help poor communities. Governor Newsom included language supporting the creation of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in the 2019/2020 California Budget.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


Governor Newsom Commits to Safe and Affordable Water for All

Governor Newsom with CWC Co-Director Susana De Anda visited Monterey Tract Park, a community which struggles with unaffordable water, and heard from impacted residents.

2019 is already shaping up to be an important year for safe and affordable drinking water. Last week, Governor Newsom announced a commitment to securing universal access to safe drinking water by including the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in his January budget proposal. We see the Governor’s early and decisive commitment to safe water as a historic step toward addressing this crisis that threatens people in every region of our state. Then last Friday, Governor Newsom travelled to the community of Monterey Park Tract with his entire cabinet to learn more about the state’s drinking water crisis and reinforce his commitment to passing the Fund which he says is “the right thing to do.” CWC participated in this meeting and applauds Governor Newsom for his commitment to engaging directly with impacted communities -- and to finally providing safe drinking water for all Californians.

Now, the Legislature must make that same commitment. We are calling on our representatives to immediately introduce legislation to enact a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund that will ensure every child, every family, in California can have universal access to safe and affordable drinking water. Ongoing investment is particularly important to ensure communities of color and low-income neighborhoods no longer bear the brunt of California’s drinking water crisis.

Our communities have waited years, even decades, for this basic human right. We will continue to meet with those who represent us, sharing our stories and making clear we have waited long enough. As noted by our Policy Director Jonathan Nelson, “These are our fellow Californians, and it’s long overdue to get this crisis solved.


East Orosi’s Wastewater Crisis

Residents of East Orosi, an unincorporated community in Tulare County of approximately 700 people, have been impacted by unsafe drinking water intermittently for over ten years. The groundwater in the area has nitrate levels that regularly exceed the federal health standard. Because of this, residents in East Orosi have to pay for water twice - once for water from their tap that they cannot drink, and again when they drive long distances to buy large jugs of potable water for their families.

To add to their problems, East Orosi residents have also been dealing with wastewater issues for many years; however, recently they are experiencing unprecedented unsanitary conditions and residents are calling us to share that when they take showers the water backflows into the bathtub and that there is human waste surfacing from their backyards, and that the odor is unbearable. This situation is unacceptable.

CWC has supported East Orosi in creating long-term solutions for their drinking water. Currently, ally organization Self-Help Enterprises has told us they have secured funding to replace the sewer lift pumps, but it will likely be weeks before this problem is repaired. In the meantime, residents have been advised to limit their use of water to avoid problems with backed-up sewer lines in the community. Very limited funds are available from the district to pump out overflowing septic tanks.  Lucia Reyes from Self-Help is supporting East Orosi residents on this issue. If you or someone you know is impacted, please contact her at (559) 802-1613 and luciar@selfhelpenterprises.org.


Save the Date for our 5th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards!

Join us in Sacramento Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 pm as we honor water justice leaders Dolores Huerta, Simona Magaña, and Eddie Valero for their leadership to make the human right to water a reality. Our 5th annual Water Justice Leadership Awards will be held at Mayahuel in Downtown Sacramento -- just 1 block from the Capitol. Please join us for this memorable evening!

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If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please see our sponsorship opportunities here and email Natalie Garcia-Grazier, our Director of Strategic Partnerships. All sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the event and their logo on event materials!


TWO NEW CWC TEAM MEMBERS

Guillermina Hernandez joined Community Water Center this past December. As a Water Education & Outreach Specialist. Guillermina provides community education and outreach on drinking water issues to residents of low-income communities and communities of color to improve long-term access to safe and affordable drinking water in Southern San Joaquin Valley. Guillermina is a long-time resident of Visalia and has worked in the areas of education, Midi-Corps/Migrant programs, community health, environmental health, and wastewater treatment. Guillermina is excited to bring her extensive community outreach experience to the Community Water Center!

Jo Gopinath is a senior engineering major at Santa Clara University. She has joined the CWC as an intern through her Hackworth fellowship with Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to explore the ethical dimensions of access to clean drinking water. She will be conducting market research on point-of-use treatment devices and their monitoring technology, as well as assisting the Watsonville office in their community water programs. She is excited to spend her last two quarters in college working this internship with the CWC.


CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Program AssociateThe Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.


UPCOMING EVENTS

JAN 25, 4-5PM. Community Platica in Monterey County. If you are a resident from Bluff/Jensen/Springfield and surrounding areas, join us to learn more about the drinking water quality in your communities, how it impacts your health, and resources available for accessing safe and affordable drinking water. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 500-1255 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for the address and more information.

JAN 28, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Join the AGUA Coalition for their first meeting of the year. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

FEB 6, 9:30AM. Informational Hearing on Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. California State Capitol, Room 4202. Residents from the San Joaquin Valley will travel to the Capitol to speak on the importance of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund at this informational hearing. Please contact Jonathan Nelson at (916) 706-3346 or jonathan.nelson@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

FEB 9, 10AM-3PM. Groundwater Sustainability Plan Workshop. Fresno State CIT Conference Room (5370 N. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, CA 93470). At this workshop participants will gain technical and advocacy skills that will help them participate in this process effectively. RSVP here. For more information contact Adriana Renteria at (559) 733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.

FEB 19, 5:30-8PM. CWC’s 5th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards. Mayahuel (1200 K. St., Sacramento, CA 95814). This year, we are honoring labor rights activist Dolores Huerta and others for their role in leading the fight for safe and affordable drinking water for low-income communities in CA.  For more information and to buy your tickets, click here!

APR 3, 6-9PM. Brower Center Educational Event (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). This free event will provide an overview of California’s drinking water crisis impacting more than one million people. This event is in response to feedback from Californians from all parts of the state who said that they don’t know that contaminated drinking water was an issue in California. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Natalie Garcia at (831) 288-0450 or natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org.


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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. The application deadline for the grant program is March 1, 2019. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of December!

Alex Chen & Kate Kerkering, Amy Vanderwarker, Ann Maxwell, Bessma Mourad, Brian & Ellen Hinton, Christiaan Niks, Christina Lynch, Diane Weiss, Frank Lukacs, Jenny Rempel, Jessica Jasso, Julian Leichty, Kathy Grazier, Kevin Klug, Laurel Firestone, Leah White, Linda Harris, Martha Conklin, Max Gomberg, Natalie Fujikawa, Nathan Shafroth, Peter Vorster, Phoebe Seaton, Randy Zechman, Robert Finkelstein, Tom Frantz

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


December 2018 eNews

December 2018

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Dear friend,

One of the most valuable ways you can support CWC is by becoming a sustaining donor. This means a recurring monthly contribution of $10, $25 or $100 is set up once and provides CWC consistent, predictable income throughout the year. Our goal is to sign up 25 new monthly donors before the end of the year. You can help us get there by signing up today!

Thank you for supporting CWC and hope you have a full and joyous holiday season.

Happy Holidays,

Susana and Laurel

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CWC in the news

KION 5/46: Monterey County declares "human right" to water. Monterey County became the first county in the nation to recognize the human right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible drinking water for its residents.  

To see the latest from CWC and our community partners, check out our news coverage here.

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Monterey County Declares Human Right to Water

CWC team members and community partners at the Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting in November, where the board unanimously approved the Human Right to Water policy.

Recently, to draw more attention to this crisis, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first ever county-level Human Right to Water Resolution. This resolution establishes “a policy that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes and requires that all relevant county departments consider this policy when implementing policies and regulations.”

This is a very positive step toward making the Human Right to Water a reality for all Californians.

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Drinking Water Vulnerability Tool

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During the drought where 1,000s of wells went dry in Tulare County, we realized not only are small systems and private well communities at a disadvantage when it comes to planning for water shortages -- the data to proactively plan for future droughts wasn’t even available. This Spring, CWC began working to build a drinking water vulnerability assessment tool that would combine different data layers including location of private wells, an estimation of groundwater quality, and an analysis of how many wells could potentially go dry in the Central Valley in the event of another drought. This tool will serve as a resource for local decision makers as they develop groundwater management plans in the years to come.

By the end of this year, we will finish the first layer of the tool which will identify domestic well households. Additional layers of the tool will be added through next summer, leading to a launch in Fall 2019.

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ways to give to cwc this holiday season

Become a monthly sustaining donor! Working to ensure all Californians have access to safe, clean and affordable water is a long-term commitment. By supporting CWC monthly with $10, $25, or $50 you allow us to work strategically, knowing we have the support to be responsive to the most pressing community needs.

If you're shopping online this holiday season, you can support CWC by using AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile offers the same products and prices as Amazon; you can tell you’re on AmazonSmile if you see the “Smile” logo in the upper left and the orange square on your Internet browser tab. When you visit AmazonSmile, just be sure to select CWC as your nonprofit of choice.

Do your holiday shopping using Giving Assistant, which is a shopping portal that allows you to earn cash back by shopping online with affiliated stores. This cashback can then be donated to the nonprofit of your choice, like CWC, by signing up for free here!

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CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Program AssociateThe Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 17, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Join the AGUA Coalition for their final meeting this year which will focus on planning for 2019. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

DEC 21, 3-5 PM. Central Coast Community Posada. If you are a resident from Bluff/Jensen/Springfield and surrounding areas, join us for a celebration and to learn more about the drinking water quality in your communities, how it impacts your health, and resources available for accessing safe and affordable drinking water. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 500-1255 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for the address and more information.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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. The application deadline for the grant program is March 1, 2019. Rural Community Assistance Corporation was selected by the State Water Resources Control Board to provide technical assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Idie Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of November!

Ellen Hanak Valletta, NancyBell Coe, Sergio Sanchez, Susana De Anda, The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Vanuza Abude

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


November 2018 eNews

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   November 2018

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As the year starts to wind down, we would like to take a moment and thank you for your ongoing support of our work to ensure all Californians have access to safe and affordable water. Achieving this goal can only be done if we all come together, with community residents most impacted by this crisis leading the way for long-term solutions in our communities.

Adelante!

Susana and Laurel

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CWC in the news

Visalia Times Delta: Toxic taps abound in rural Tulare County, failed water bond brings no relief. Community leader and activist Lucy Hernandez is highlighted in a story that looks at the state of the drinking water crisis in Tulare County.

ABC30 Fresno: East Orosi families discuss plans to connect to clean water for the first time in a decade. The community of East Orosi may have a solution to their drinking water contamination -- connecting to nearby community of Orosi’s water supply. Residents discuss what this could mean for them.

To see the latest from CWC and our community partners, check out our news coverage here.

 

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cesar garcia lopez joins the watsonville team

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Cesar joins the CWC team as a Program Associate in our NEW Watsonville office! He will be providing program support for our work in the Central Coast region. Alongside our organizing team, he will be traveling to communities in the area to learn more about the water struggles they face and working with these community partners to organize and advocate for long-term drinking water solutions. Having recently graduated from Yale University, he is excited to get back to work in the region he calls home and use his education to benefit his community. Join us in welcoming him to the team!

Cesar, along with our team, led our first day of outreach in the Northern Monterey County area. We’ve already heard from community members, many of which are mothers, that are concerned about the water quality in their homes and ready to get involved. We are excited to continue this work in the years to come to act as a catalyst for community-drive long-term drinking water solutions! If you live in the Bluff/Jensen/Springfield region and are looking to get involved in advocating for safe water for your community, join us Monday, December 3rd at 6 pm for our first community platica to learn more about the water in your region and what resources are available. Please contact Cesar with any questions at (831) 500-1255.

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update on california proposition 3

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We are disappointed that Proposition 3 did not pass. With more than 1 million Californians are impacted by unsafe drinking water each year, Proposition 3 would have provided desperately needed funding for safe drinking water, and would have benefited many low-income communities.

In light of the failure of Proposition 3, it is now even more urgent that California leaders come together to address California’s drinking water crisis. At a minimum, we urge the passage of the bipartisan Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, which was jointly put forward by Governor Brown’s Administration, Senate Majority Leader Monning, a historic coalition of more than 140 organizations including environmental justice and agricultural stakeholders, as well as impacted communities residents. California leaders must prioritize securing funding for safe and affordable drinking water next year -- because our communities remain thirsty for justice, and they deserve a fair and equal right to the California promise of safe, clean, and affordable drinking water for all.

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ways to give to cwc this holiday season

 

1. Become a monthly sustaining donor! Working to ensure all Californians have access to safe, clean and affordable water is a long-term commitment. By supporting CWC monthly with $10, $25, or $50 you allow us to work strategically, knowing we have the support to be responsive to the most pressing community needs.

2. If you're shopping online this holiday season, you can support CWC by using AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile offers the same products and prices as Amazon; you can tell you’re on AmazonSmile if you see the “Smile” logo in the upper left and the orange square on your Internet browser tab. When you visit AmazonSmile, just be sure to select CWC as your nonprofit of choice.

3. Do your holiday shopping at home using Giving Assistant, which is a shopping portal that allows you to earn cash back by shopping online with affiliated stores. This cashback can then be donated to the nonprofit of your choice, like CWC, by signing up for free here!

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CWC IS HIRING!

 

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

Legal Fellow - With support from California ChangeLawyers, CWC is looking for a full-time, year-long Legal Fellow to provide legal assistance to communities without safe water and local water board members; create and update resources for community members and legal practitioners regarding drinking water governance and advocacy; and provide legal and advocacy support for other CWC programs as needed. This position will be based in CWC’s headquarters in Visalia, California. The Legal Fellow will also work with the UC Davis School of Law Aoki Water Justice Clinic to create materials that can be used by water board members and service providers that train and assist local water boards. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Ores at deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

Part-Time Water Education and Outreach Specialist -  The Water Education & Outreach Specialist is a temporary, part-time, non-exempt, hourly position that is responsible for providing community education and outreach on drinking water issues with residents of low-income communities and communities of color. Specific areas of responsibility include bilingual community outreach and education, engagement of residents in relevant project work, community meeting coordination, and conducting sampling of private wells. It is expected that the position will require driving to and from sites and work approximately 20 hours per week over a three month period (with the possibility of extension at the end of three months), but the exact duration will differ depending on need.

Program Associate (Visalia Office)The Program Associate is primarily responsible for providing clerical and program support from the Visalia office. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. The Program Associate opportunity can be a part-time or full-time position.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 3, 6 PM. Community platica in Northern Monterey County region. Ohlone Elementary School Cafeteria, 21 Bay Farms Road Watsonville, CA 95076. If you are a resident from Bluff/Jensen/Springfield and surrounding areas, join us to learn more about the drinking water quality in your communities, how it impacts your health, and resources available for accessing safe and affordable drinking water. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 500-1255 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

DEC 17, 5-7 PM. AGUA Coalition Meeting. CWC Visalia Office, 900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291. Join the AGUA Coalition for their final meeting this year which will focus on planning for 2019. Please contact Karina Gallardo at (559) 733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

 

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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 assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez-Lupercio, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of November!

Alex Porteshawver, Becky Quintana, Bertha Anderson, Enrique Gerardo, Esteban Morales, Fernando Serrano, Grace Munoz Rios, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, Tutuy Montes, Juana Martinez, Karen Yohannes, Kelsey Sharp, Kristin Dobbin, Maria Magana, Maria Rivera-Alvarado, Marie Carmen Shingne, Martha Curiel, Mary Creasman, Michelle Rivera, Raquel Sanchez, Robert J. Porter, Sarah Marquez, Somphane Hunter, Steven Stieg, Veronica Rodriguez-Marin

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


October 2018 eNews

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October 2018

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In less than one week, we have the opportunity to make sure safe and affordable water remains a priority for California by choosing to elect people who will represent the needs of our communities. If we all cast our ballots next Tuesday, November 6th, our voices will be heard and we can continue to solve the state’s drinking water crisis once and for all.  

Find out where to vote in person on November 6th or where to drop off your ballot. Remember, if voting by mail, you can send in your ballot by mail until end of day next Tuesday.

Adelante!

Susana and Laurel

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East Orosi Residents Speak in Support of Long-term Drinking Water Solution

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Last Monday, residents from East Orosi met with State Water Resources Control Board officials at a public meeting to discuss a proposed drinking water solution for their community. East Orosi, a small community located in rural Tulare County with nitrate-contaminated groundwater, has not had reliable access to safe drinking water for over 10 years. The State Water Board is proposing to use their authority to mandate a connection to the nearby larger community of Orosi in order to be able to provide safe water to East Orosi’s 700 residents. See coverage of the meeting from ABC 30 Fresno here.

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Groundwater quality workshops

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This October, CWC co-hosted two workshops with the goal of helping local water decision makers create effective Groundwater Sustainability Plans for their communities. 

On Wednesday October 10th, Community Water Center, Union of Concerned Scientists, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, and Self Help Enterprises hosted a roundtable on groundwater. Topics included regulations on groundwater quality, how groundwater levels are changing and the causes, and strategies to improve groundwater quality. 

On Saturday October 27th, CWC alongside our partners above hosted a second roundtable focusing this time specifically on Groundwater Sustainability Planning and the tools needed for effective plans including understanding water budgets (i.e. how much water flows into and out of an area and how to plan for that). 

See materials from both workshops here: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/sgma_engagement 

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Siena and Chris join the cwc team 

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Siena Rivera joins the Visalia office as a Program Assistant, helping the team with database management, office tasks and program work. Originally from Kingsburg, she is eager to help neighboring communities and families with accessibility to resources and to advocate and fight for clean water for all.

Chris Nong joins the Sacramento office as the Communications Intern, helping to create compelling communication tools and support internal communication systems..

Please join us in welcoming them both!

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San diego student highlights susana's leadership in the water justice movement

 

Martha, an elementary school student in San Diego, chose to honor CWC Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda as a revolutionary for a class assignment.

Martha, a student at High Tech Elementary in San Diego, was inspired by learning that people around the world don’t have access to clean water. As a class project, she was assigned to write about someone she sees as a revolutionary. Choosing to focus on California’s drinking water fight, she chose to highlight CWC’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susana De Anda for her role in the water justice movement. See her short story on Susana here!

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¡somos el poder y el cambio!

Featured speaker Daniel Peñaloza alongside CWC Co-Founders Laurel Firestone and Susana De Anda

Last Thursday, October 11th, Community Water Center held its annual community celebration event in Visalia, California: Somos el Poder y el Cambio / We are the Power and the Change. Filled with great food, live music, and inspiring speakers, the event drew nearly a hundred community members to attend the program. Staff encouraged attendees to register and vote in California's upcoming November election. It was a powerful night and we are thankful to all those that attended or helped to make the event possible! See photos from the night here.

And a special thank you to our sponsors! Thank you for helping to make this night possible. 

Community Water Leaders: The California Endowment, Watermill Express

Community Water Friends: ACLU of Northern CA, Cultiva La Salud, EKI Environment & Water Inc., NextGen America, Policy Link, Proteus, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, US Water Alliance

Community Water Stars: Martha Davis, Restore Hetch Hetchy, Robins Borghei LLC, Weideman Group, Natural Resources Defense Council

Community Water Supporters: ACT for Women and Girls, Community Alliance for Agroecology, California League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Defense Fund, Family Healthcare Network, Kaweah Delta, PICO, Puronics Inc, Union of Concerned Scientists, Women's International League of Peace and Freedom, Tulare County Board of Supervisors

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CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Susana De Anda at susana.deanda@communitywatercenter.org.

 

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CWC IN THE NEWS

To see the latest from CWC and our community partners, check out our news coverage here.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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 assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of September!

Alex Porteshawver, Catherine Porter, Edward Bergtholdt, Hensley Peterson, Juanita Martinez, Katherine Panek, Lisa Friedman, Mary Burbery, Matt James, Paul Boyer, Susan Villere

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


August 2018 eNews

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August 2018

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We saw an incredible show of grassroots community power at the end of August, with San Joaquin Valley residents traveling to Sacramento every day for a week to bring the reality of unsafe water to the Capitol and advocate for solutions. See pictures here! Even though the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is delayed until 2019, the message is clear: the people united will never be divided.

We will continue the fight for passing a sustainable funding source next January, but in the meantime, we have several new opportunities to build power throughout the state that you’ll see below including our new 501(c)(4) and a new office in the Central Coast!

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CWC IN THE NEWS

The New York Times: Laurel and Susana authored a powerful Opinion piece for the New York Times lifting up the drinking water challenges across the nation and urging California lawmakers
to support a lasting solution now before the legislature.

The Sacramento Bee

The Fresno Bee: This time, a state water bond has real money intended to benefit the Valley. Excellent editorial by the Fresno Bee, which highlights why passing Proposition 3 this November is crucial to implementing water solutions throughout the state.

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JUSTICE DELAYED

After almost two years of advocacy, five days of water strikes at the Capitol, multiple legislative visits, and loud, passionate calls for government accountability, the legislative session ended without the passage of a critical two-bill package to fund safe and affordable drinking water.

Unfortunately, political self-interest trumped addressing a decades-old public health crisis impacting more than one million Californians. Concerned about potential election year fallout, the State Assembly shelved our bills for this session.

This outcome is an outrage to those who will have to go another year living with toxic taps.

Even though justice has been delayed, justice will not be denied.

Due to the courageous, steadfast and skillful advocacy by impacted residents, Speaker Rendon issued a public statement committing to making ongoing, sustainable funding a priority for the legislature when they reconvene in January.

As saddened and angry as we are in the face of this delay of justice to serve nearsighted political interests, CWC, our community partners, and allies will not be stopped from aggressively seeking a solution to California's drinking water crisis when the legislature reconvenes in January.

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COMMUNITY WATER CENTER ACTION FUND LAUNCHED!

 

This month we are launching the Community Water Center Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization which can participate more directly in election-related activities. This November, we will be endorsing candidates who will be accountable to their communities’ drinking water needs and speaking with thousands of Latino voters to ensure they make their voices heard. Help us build community-based power leading up to November by joining our email list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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NEW OFFICE IN WATSONVILLE, CA

We are excited to announce that we are opening a new office in the Central Coast! Many small, rural communities of color in this region face similar issues to the San Joaquin Valley, including nitrate contamination of groundwater supplies. We will be bringing our organizing model to the North Central Coast region with the goal of empowering local leaders to find sustainable drinking water solutions for their communities. Our Director of Community Solutions and Development Director will be based out of our Watsonville office along with two new hires (see job openings below). The office will be located at: 406 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076.

If you live in this area of the state and are looking to get more involved in our work, stay tuned for future community meetings and events to come!

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CWC IS HIRING!

Complete job descriptions and more information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/careers.

Current openings:

Central Coast Community Organizer - The Community Organizer position is a regular, full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for conducting CWC’s organizing and base-building work in communities in the Northern Central Coast Region. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Fernandez at erica.fernandez@communitywatercenter.org.

Central Coast Program Associate - The Program Associate is a regular, full-time, non-exempt, at-will employee position that will be primarily responsible for providing administrative and program support for the Central Coast office.  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Lukacs at heather.lukacs@communitywatercenter.org.

Visalia Community Outreach Canvassers - The Community Outreach Canvasser is a temporary, part-time, hourly position primarily responsible for contacting thousands of voters through daily phone banking and door-to-door canvassing to potential voters. If you have any questions, please contact Karina Gallardo at karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org.

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UPCOMING CWC EVENT - SOMOS EL PODER Y EL CAMBIO

Join us on Thursday, October for our annual Visalia Water Justice Celebration! The event will include inspiring speakers, live music, a taco truck and great company! Save your spot and buy tickets by clicking the button below.

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We are still accepting sponsorships for the event! If you're interested in supporting this celebration, please see sponsorship opportunities here

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPT 19, TBD. Porterville United Meeting. Location TBD. If you live in the Porterville area and are wanting to get more involved, be sure to join for this month's Porterville United meeting! Please contact Karina Gallardo at 559-733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

OCT 10, 5-7:30 PM. Groundwater Quality and SGMA Roundtable. Café 210 (210 W. Center Ave., Visalia, CA). We invited you to come and learn from experts and decision-makers from all over California and explore how groundwater management will address groundwater quality at this informative workshop. Please contact Adriana Renteria at 559-733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

OCT 27, 10 AM - 3 PM. Groundwater Sustainability Plan Workshop. Marriott Hotel (300 South Court, Visalia, CA). Come learn about the process for creating Groundwater Sustainability Plans, and how we can all get involved to ensure we all have enough groundwater to meet our needs. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sonia Sanchez with Self-Help Enterprises at (559) 802-1689 or SoniaS@selfhelpenterprises.org. Please RSVP by October 19th.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million Available for Drinking Water in Schools 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. 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 assistant during the grant application and implementation period. Contact them at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. On December 14, 2017, the State Water Board approved an early effective date for the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of contaminant 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1-2-3 TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3 or more years, so if you are impacted by 1-2-3 TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, there are funding sources at the state available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and the Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is also a secondary option to cover instances where the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Funding for Water and Energy Audits: Application and Instructions. More details on the CWSRF.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of August!

Catherine Trejo, Greg and Jill Stacy, James Loke, John Comella, Michael Grazier

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


July 2018 eNews

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Dear Friend,

Looking for a way to get involved in the water justice movement? One way to support local drinking water solutions is to run for election to your local water board. Water supplies in many communities throughout the state are managed and distributed by democratically elected local water boards. In fact, in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties alone, there are over 109 local water boards -- the majority of which have not held an election due to lack of candidates the last four years. This is an excellent way to be directly involved in ensuring the Human Right to Water is a reality in California.

Another way to take action for safe water requires less than five minutes! Call your California legislators today and let them know you want them to prioritize a solution to the state’s drinking water crisis this legislative session.

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File to run in your local water board election by August 10th

Hundreds of residents in unincorporated communities are served water by publicly-elected local water boards.There are many types of local water agencies that manage water, such as Community Services Districts, Public Utilities District, Irrigation Districts, and more. These local water boards typically have five board members that each serve on the board for four year terms. Board members are responsible for overseeing planning, funding, and project implementation to secure safe drinking water, setting fair water rates, and holding public meetings for the community.

If you are interested in making a change in your community by serving on your local water board, there are two easy steps to start the process:

1) Contact your local county elections office to verify that the address where you are registered to vote is within the district you are running for.

2) Go to your county’s elections office to sign the candidacy forms in-person under the supervision of the county elections office clerk.

All paperwork must be submitted between the dates of July 16th--August 10th in order to be on the ballot for the election. To learn more about your local water board election and to help additional information on how to run, check out our resource page here or contact Adriana Renteria at (559) 733-0219 or adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org who will help you through the process.

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Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund

The Human Right to Water will not be achieved in California until a permanent source of funding is available to ensure that all families have clean water, both now, and for future generations. Over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with the Governor's office and the legislature to continue this historic campaign to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

As the legislature's summer recess gets into full swing, legislators are back in their districts, paying attention to the issues that voters care about and bring to their attention. We need YOUR help in continuing to spread the message to your friends and family that we can't wait another year for a solution to this drinking water crisis and that this issue is a priority for you.

Will you share the posts below on Facebook and Twitter?

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More than 300 communities and one million Californians are exposed to polluted drinking water coming out of the taps in their homes, schools, and communities each year. This crisis has gone on for too long, and we finally have the chance to solve it. Learn more about the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and how you can get involved in the movement for safe, clean and affordable water for ALL Californians: www.fundsafewaterca.org

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More than 1 million Californians are exposed to polluted drinking water each year. This crisis has gone on for too long, and we finally have the chance to solve it. Learn more about the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: www.fundsafewaterca.org #NoToxicTaps

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1,2,3 - TCP

1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) is a man-made carcinogenic chemical that was added unnecessarily to a fumigant used in agriculture for many decades. Humans are exposed through ingestion of contaminated water or even by breathing in contaminated steam. The State of California recognized 1,2,3-TCP as a cancer-causing chemical present in drinking water in 1992, but took no action until Community Water Center and allies advocated for an enforceable standard. Without such a standard, public utilities didn’t have to test for the chemical, filter it out, or even advise their customers if it was in the water. On December 14, 2017, the California Water Resources Control Board adopted a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for 1,2,3-TCP of 5 parts per trillion, the minimum level that this chemical can be detected with current testing technology, known as the detection level. Such a stringent standard reflects the state’s recognition of 1,2,3-TCP’s toxicity.

Public water systems are now required to test monthly for 1,2,3-TCP in their drinking water sources. Sampling began in January 2018, and the first quarterly results are alarming--388 drinking water sources exceeded the 1,2,3-TCP detection level during the first quarter of 2018. Of these, 253 contaminated drinking water systems remain in use and untreated for 1,2,3-TCP. Sites range throughout the state, from Del Norte County to San Diego County, but they are concentrated in the San Joaquin Valley. The State Water Board’s first quarter report acknowledges a clear correlation between the location of the drinking water sources that exceed the 1,2,3-TCP MCL and agricultural/industrial areas.

If you use a private well near one of the identified areas on the map, it is a good idea to get your water tested. For more information about 1,2,3-TCP contact Debi Ores at 916-706-3346 or deborah.ores@communitywatercenter.org.

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Two new staff members join the CWC team!

We are excited to welcome Heather Lukacs, PhD to the CWC team this month! Heather Lukacs returns to the Center as our Director of Community Solutions. Previously, Heather was a CWC Project Director and led CWC’s interim solution projects to address drinking water challenges in the San Joaquin Valley including the Agua4All campaign, a partnership to bring safe and affordable drinking water to schools, parks, and community buildings in South Kern County, as well as the development and implementation of a community-based private well testing program.

We are also excited to have Maria Rivera join us as our new Program Associate in the Sacramento office. Both her skills and her passion for ensuring all Californians have safe and affordable water make her an excellent fit to help us to continue to grow our capacity for water justice work.

The CWC team in both our Visalia and Sacramento offices are also looking for interns to join us this fall! Our fast-paced internships allow students to learn first hand what environmental justice work entails, with a focus on organizing, communications or data entry -- depending on the position. If interested, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Kelsey at kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

Los Angeles Times: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem. Excellent editorial by the Los Angeles Times, which highlights why passing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a no-brainer for California.

San Francisco Chronicle: Clean water left unfunded in California budget. The SF Chronicle editorial board wrote: "California has long recognized the problem. Now it needs to take serious steps to solve it."

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund!

News Deeply: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water. Léo Heller, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urges the legislature to pass the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in this op-ed for Water Deeply.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, The Sacramento Bee, Univision, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 31, 6:30-8:00 PM. Northern Tulare County Public Meeting. Orosi Memorial Hall (41645 Rd 128, Orosi, CA). We will be providing an update on the Northern Tulare County Regional Water Alliance Joint Powers Agency and discuss project options and how to get involved. Please contact Ryan Jensen at 559-733-0219 or ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

AUG 17, 6-8 PM. Porterville United for Justice Community Meeting. Doyle Elementary School (1045 E Orange Ave, Porterville, CA). We will be providing an overview of Porterville’s Consumer Confidence Report and updates from Porterville United for Justice group. Please contact Karina Gallardo at 559-733-0219 or karina.gallardo@communitywatercenter.org for more information.

JULY 16 - AUG 10. Water Board Election Filing Window is Open. Submit the appropriate paperwork to your county within this period of time to run for election for your local water board this November. If you have questions, check out our water board elections resource page or reach out to Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. 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. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1,2,3-TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3+ years, so if you are impacted by 1,2,3-TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources, you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of June!

Bonnie Goldstein, Colleen Reid, Diana Gonz, Dieter Rutzen, Jacques Vroom, Joya Banerjee, Julie Mersch, Lisa Brown, Peter and Carole Clum

If you would like to donate to CWC, please click here!


June 2018 eNews

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The movement for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water continues to grow both within CWC and throughout California. 100+ community members - both those new to this struggle and those that have spent decades advocating for safe water solutions - traveled to Sacramento to let their legislators know that we need a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund NOW. Join the movement by taking action for safe and affordable drinking water today.

Earlier this month, our civic engagement team contacted more than 2,500 voters to talk about drinking water, voting, and ways to get involved in the movement for water justice.

We're delighted that Erica Fernandez has joined our CWC team as our new Director of Organizing, adding even more capacity to continue to build power for water justice. We're hiring for several Program Associate positions, so please send qualified candidates our way!

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100+ Community Members Travel to Sacramento Rally!

San Joaquin Valley community leaders traveled to Sacramento last week to meet with California legislators about the Governor's Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

More than 100 residents from the San Joaquin Valley traveled to Sacramento to share their experiences with unsafe water and urge legislators to support the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Speakers at the rally raised their voices for safe water -- including West Goshen resident Lucy Hernandez, Lanare resident Isabel Solorio, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ed Hernandez, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross, Dr. Salvador Sandoval, and Dolores Huerta. See pictures from the day here, and more on the rally from Telemundo and Univision.

The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is needed now more than ever as more than one million Californians still lack access to the most basic human right -- safe water. We’ve been working tirelessly with an unprecedented coalition of supporters - including agriculture, business, environmental groups, health groups, labor unions, and a bipartisan group of legislators - to make this long-term solution a reality, and our communities have been waiting for decades. We need to get this done this legislative session. Take 1 minute to tell your legislator to prioritize safe and affordable drinking water NOW.

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2,500+ Latino Voters Contacted

The 2018 Civic Engagement Team at our Visalia office this May.

CWC believes that communities who lack safe and affordable water need to be driving the decision-making that impacts them, and one of the primary ways to do that is by voting. As part of our program to increase voter participation, we are calling thousands of voters to connect with them about the water issues impacting their lives and the importance of civic engagement actions, including voting, to fight for solutions.

The Civic Engagement Project team spent three weeks contacting more than 2,500 Tulare County Latino voters, exceeding the goal set for this project! They talked to voters about water in their community and reminded them to get out and vote in the June 5th primary. When asked, 89% of these voters agreed that the State of California should invest in solutions to make sure our families have safe and affordable drinking water. More than two-thirds said they wanted to help make these solutions a reality by pledging to take action. We're excited about the team's success and will keep building on this momentum into the summer and fall.

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water board election filing open from july 16th - august 10th

Local water boards, including Community Services Districts (CSDs), Public Utilities Districts (PUDs), and nonprofit Mutual water companies, as well as small cities, are responsible for implementing the Human Right to Water in many rural communities.

Recently we released a new report which looked at these local water boards and their elections: "Untapped Opportunity: Local Water Boards and the Fight for Water Justice." The report found that in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 87% of local water board seats were uncontested in the most recent election -- that’s almost 500 local seats. When only one candidate runs for a seat, the seat does not appear on a ballot, and the election does not take place. In Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties, 75 of 109 local water boards studied have not held a single election in the last four years.

This gap of local leadership is partly due to the complicated and fragmented nature of water governance in CA, and the lack of support and resources for interested leaders to step into decision-making roles themselves. In order to address this gap, the Community Water Center has compiled resources for community leaders to learn more about local water boards and to take the next step to run in their water board election. If you or someone you know is interested in running to be on their local water board, be aware that you must submit your paperwork for candidacy within the window of July 16th - August 10th.

Reach out to our Regional Water Management Coordinator, Adriana Renteria, with any questions at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF ORGANIZING at CWC

 

This month, Erica Fernandez joined CWC as our new Director of Organizing! She brings years of experience working for environmental justice, and we are so excited to be working with her. See more about Erica here and be sure to say hi if you see her around the Visalia office!

Jenny (center) with former CWC staff members Kristin and Charlotte at our annual Sacramento Water Justice Leadership Awards.

In bittersweet news, Jenny Rempel, our Director of Education and Engagement, will be moving on from her full-time position with the Center to pursue graduate studies at UC Berkeley this fall. Jenny has been with Community Water Center for four years, and in that time, she has helped us establish and expand our systems for communications, media, and community engagement, including growing our integrated voter engagement program. She is a dedicated activist, committed to building power in communities impacted by social and environmental injustices, and we know those passions will serve her well in her next chapter and as she stays involved in the water justice movement in her new capacity. We will miss Jenny and hope you can join us in wishing her luck! 

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We’re Hiring Program Associates in Visalia and Sacramento!

We are hiring Program Associates to join both our Visalia and Sacramento teams! Both Program Associates will be primarily responsible for organizational, fund development and communications work, as well as providing other policy and program support. The ideal candidate is fluent in Spanish (written and oral) and has excellent communication and organizational skills and a willingness to learn new programs. The positions could be part-time or full-time, and it is a regular, non-exempt, hourly, employee position.

To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Anavel Valdez-Lupercio (anavel.lupercio@communitywatercenter.org) for the Visalia position OR Kelsey Hinton (kelsey.hinton@communitywatercenter.org) for the Sacramento position. For more information, click here!

Please share this opportunity widely with your networks!

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RECENT WATER JUSTICE NEWS

Los Angeles Times: California, the world's fifth-largest economy, has a Third World drinking water problem. Excellent editorial by the Los Angeles Times, which highlights why passing the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund is a no-brainer for California.

San Francisco Chronicle: Clean water left unfunded in California budget. The SF Chronicle editorial board wrote: "California has long recognized the problem. Now it needs to take serious steps to solve it."

La Opinión: Más de un millón vive sin agua limpia. Dolores Huerta took the time to author a powerful op-ed on why the legislature must pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund!

News Deeply: Time for California to Deliver on the Human Right to Water. Léo Heller, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, urges the legislature to pass the Governor’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund in this op-ed for Water Deeply.

CWC'S RECENT NEWS COVERAGE. CWC's work has been featured in Telemundo, The Sacramento Bee, Univision, the Los Angeles Times and many other outlets recently. Check out our blog to stay up to date!

Be sure to check out our Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Stories blog. Over the past year, our fellow Charlotte interviewed twelve residents from different communities in the San Joaquin Valley that have struggled to access safe and affordable drinking water. See their stories here.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 16 - AUG 10. Water Board Election Filing Window is Open. Submit the appropriate paperwork to your county within this period of time to run for election for your local water board this November. If you have questions, check out our water board elections resource page or reach out to Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org or (559) 733-0219.

OCT 11, 5:30-8PM. Annual Visalia Celebration. Café 210 (210 West Center Avenue, Visalia, CA). Save the Date for our annual CWC celebration in Visalia! More information to follow.

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RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • $9.5 Million is Available for Drinking Water in Schools! If your school is a small, disadvantaged community, apply as soon as possible before the June 30 deadline. This funding may be used to install water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains. It can also be used for interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue. 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. You can also contact CWC at 559-733-0219 or Rural Community Assistance Corporation at agua4all@rcac.org for more information.
  • Funding available for water systems impacted by 1,2,3-TCP. In order to obtain cost recovery for your impacted system, you need to obtain legal representation in order to sue the responsible parties, Shell and Dow Chemicals, for 1,2,3-TCP contamination. Litigation can take anywhere from a year to 3+ years, so if you are impacted by 1,2,3-TCP and are in need of financial assistance to come into compliance with the new MCL, funding sources at the state are available for eligible entities. The primary funding source is the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). The Prop 1 Groundwater Grant Fund is a secondary option to cover instances the DWSRF doesn’t cover. In order to qualify for state funding sources, you will likely be required to show you are initiating efforts to recover costs from the responsible parties. For any questions, contact the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Do you know if your water is safe to drink? Check out our bilingual Water FAQ page to see what steps you can take to find out what is in the water coming out of your tap.
  • Check out additional resources and stories in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions.The newsletter is available in both English and Spanish. CWC worked hard to advocate for the creation of the Office, which promotes permanent and sustainable drinking water and wastewater solutions in California’s most vulnerable communities.

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS!

Huge thank you to our monthly donors, whose continual contributions help to sustain our long-term work toward achieving safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all Californians!

Amy Helfant, Anavel Valdez, Benigna Hernandez, Bill Walker, Brad Coffey, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, Edward Bergtholdt, Jill Ratner, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce and Patience Milrod, and Renata Brillinger

And thank you to our generous donors for the month of May!

Alan Saunders, Allison Turner, Anita Kumar Chang, Bob Pringle, Brian and Ellen Hinton, Brodie Hannibal, Claire Perry, Deborah Rosenthal, Diane Weiss, Eric Ores, Gabriel Mota, Hundt Family Foundation Inc., Iris Biblowitz, Isha Ray, Janis Buckingham, Jill and Greg Stacy, John Sauceda, Jonathan Nelson, Jorge Andre, Julia Emerson, Kevin Mori, Lakshmi Myneni, Latino Community Foundation, Laura Schewel, Leah White, Mari Amend, Mark Kines, Masha Chernyak, Nell Green Nylen, Patrick Moyle, Pattie and Charlie Firestone, Ratna Nirkondar, Richard Adler, Richard Whitt, Robert Krase, Rosanne Gross, Sara Aminzadeh, Sara Hundt, Terri Waller, The California Wellness Foundation, Triskeles Foundation

None of our work would be possible without the support of our donors. Thank you!


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