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September 2019 eNews

September 2019

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Dear Friend,

This fall is an important time to get involved in protecting groundwater that many people rely on for their drinking water source. Many Groundwater Sustainability Agencies are releasing draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans which are plans to ensure underground aquifers managed sustainability for multiple uses. We will be hosting community workshops to review the plans and to get your feedback on how you think groundwater should be managed, with a focus on how to protect community drinking water supplies. Now is the time to get involved! 

Earlier this week, community leaders traveled to Sacramento to a State Water Board meeting to advocate for a better plan for managing salt and nitrate pollution in the Central Valley. About 250,000 people in the Central Valley region are at risk of excessive exposure to nitrates. Under the proposed plan, dischargers had 45 years to reduce current rates of pollution. Due to extensive advocacy efforts and powerful testimony from impacted residents, the Board voted to reduce the timeline for dischargers to stop polluting down to 35 years. This was a meaningful victory for impacted communities. However, the work is far from over and the next phase of CV-SALTS will begin soon. We look forward to both partnering with and also holding the State Water Board and Central Valley Regional Water Board accountable to implement CV-SALTS in a manner that is protective of community health and the quality of our groundwater. See more below!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

Adelante, 

Susana De Anda

CWC Co-Founder and Executive Director


UPCOMING EVENTS

October 25, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure bottled water delivery and next steps toward obtaining a long-term drinking water solution. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.


CWC in the news

The Tennessee Tribune: Why Water Now Flows in East Porterville — Community Outreach the Key. Prop. 1 funding has helped advance a long list of projects up and down the state to provide Californians safe drinking water. Funding for projects is key, but it is equally important to engage community residents to ensure effective and timely implementation. 

Hanford Sentinel: Op-Ed: Water Victory Shows Power of People. In the last few years, impacted residents, along with so many others who together created a movement for water justice, drove thousands of miles, attended countless meetings with elected officials and their staffs, testified before dozens of committees, told their stories to media outlets and reporters from across the state and the nation, and encouraged our friends and families to keep fighting a battle that at times seemed hopeless. Through it all, they remained thirsty for justice. Hear them tell their story.

CalWellness Blog: How Clean Water Transforms Communities. Those who don’t have clean water coming from the taps in their home are not able to consume or use the water in any way. Children cannot even take showers using the water coming from their taps. This has meant purchasing bottled water to consume, cook with, and bathe with – all while continuing to pay  bills for water they’re not able to drink. Their lives will now change for the better with the passing of The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


THE STATE WATER BOARD TAKES ACTION TO REDUCE TIMELINE FOR STOPPING POLLUTION

On October 16th, residents from the Central Valley attended a State Water Board hearing in Sacramento to share their comments before a critical vote to approve with direction the Basin Plan Amendments for the Central Valley on the regulation of salts and nitrates (often referred to as CV-SALTS).

The Basin Plan Amendments (BPAs) are the product of an over a decade long process, led by industries who discharge salts and nitrates, to create a framework on how those discharges are regulated. The three goals of the BPAs are: 1) provide safe drinking water to those impacted by nitrates, 2) stop continued pollution, and 3) restore degraded groundwater basins. However, the BPAs do not actually create a pathway for equitably achieving these goals, if dischargers must achieve them at all.

Thanks to the work of the CalEPA, the State Water Board, and community voices, the State Water Board has directed the Regional Water Board to make significant changes to the BPAs to ensure that the three goals are met. The Regional Board has a year to make the necessary changes and resubmit to the State Water Board. Some changes are: pollution must stop within a certain timeline (currently the BPAs contain a loophole on this), ensuring more communities are provided safe and affordable drinking water, and preventing management actions that would result in some areas having higher levels of pollution. However, one issue remained within the resolution that was of grave concern to impacted communities: a proposed timeline of up-to-45 years for dischargers to stop polluting groundwater.

At the State Water Board meeting earlier this week, impacted residents from the Central Valley shared their experiences fighting for safe drinking water for themselves and their families and neighbors for years and expressed opposition to allowing continued pollution for another 45 years. After discussion, the Board voted 3-1 to reduce the timeline to 35 years, and voted 4-0 to approve with direction for revisions the BPAs. This was a significant adjustment in response to community concerns and we want to express our appreciation to the Board for listening to the community.

However, now the work continues! The Central Valley Regional Water Board will soon begin making revisions to the Basin Plan Amendment, based on the direction the State Water Board has laid out. Additionally, dischargers must soon begin implementation of plans for providing emergency and temporary solutions to communities impacted by nitrate contamination. Throughout this process, dischargers are required to consult with impacted residents to develop solutions that work best for them and their communities. We will need to guarantee that no community or individual household is overlooked, and ensure that dischargers are held accountable for implementing solutions that work for communities. Stay tuned for more on this important issue as we move forward!


COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER IN VISALIA TO DISCUSS A VISION FOR THE ROLE OF ADMINISTRATORS IN LOCAL WATER SYSTEMS 

Earlier this month, Community Water Center, Self Help Enterprise and Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability held a community meeting in Visalia with community leaders, organizational partners and other interested stakeholders to discuss the SWRCB’s Administrator Policy and create a space for community leaders to develop a community vision for Administrators.

Under the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, or SB 200, the State Water Board can authorize a contractor, known as an Administrator, to help run a local water system such as a small water system that is currently unable to provide safe water. The goal of appointing an Administrator is to provide temporary support while the system is strengthened. Administrators can be counties, engineering firms, technical assistance providers or other entities and will be able to operate a water system, bill customers, with oversight from the State Water Board.

Community members shared a number of valuable questions and suggestions about the role of Administrators in assisting local water systems including the need to ensure Administrators are accountable to the needs of the community and operate in a manner that is accessible and transparent. We look forward to taking these questions and suggestions back to the State Water Board and to continued conversations about this important tool in the coming months.


GETTING INVOLVED IN PROTECTING GROUNDWATER

This fall is an exciting and important time to get involved in protecting groundwater for drinking water. In the Central Valley, we depend on groundwater for drinking, bathing, growing food, and more. Across the state, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have developed Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) called for by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) that outline how they will manage groundwater locally. GSAs will need to submit their plans to the state by January 2020 but before they can do that, the plans will have to go through a public comment period to get feedback from stakeholders like you.

Through the end of the year, CWC will be hosting community workshops to review the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans and to get YOUR feedback on how you think groundwater should be managed. We will be posting information about workshops on social media as well as in our calendar: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/events.

To learn more about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in the meantime, visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/sgma_engagement.


CENTRAL COAST EXPANDS OUTREACH TO SAN BENITO COUNTY  

This month, Mayra and Cesar, CWC Community Organizers in the Central Coast started door-knocking to better understand the water quality conditions of residents living in San Juan Bautista. San Juan Bautista is in San Benito County, largely agricultural and is known to have water quality issues. In order to get people good information about their private wells, Mayra and Cesar are promoting the Central Coast Regional Water Board’s free well testing program. The program kicked off in early August and is available to anyone with a well living in San Benito County. So far, Mayra and Cesar have knocked on over 40 doors and have connected several people to the well testing program! 

If you are interested in learning more about the program and ongoing efforts in San Benito County, contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org


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:

Community Organizer - Visalia: 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 San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Marquez at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org 

Communications Manager - Sacramento Office: The Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Policy Director. This position will work closely with CWC’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact to Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org 

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


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, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran

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

Jordi Cucurny, Andy Luong

 


August 2019 eNews

August 2019

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for a memorable night for those who were able to join us at our Water Justice Celebration event in Visalia earlier this month! Together with the support of our generous sponsors and more than 100 attendees, we raised more than $23,000 for the movement! It was a wonderful night of celebration and power, as we honored the role of our community partners in passing the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring communities get the resources they need to end this crisis soon. We are also excited to share about La Voz de Vecinos Unidos, a new community-based organization located in Tulare County working to secure safe drinking water for communities in the San Joaquin Valley!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Adelante,


Susana De Anda
CWC Co-Founder and Executive Director


UPCOMING EVENTS

September 20, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure bottled water delivery and next steps toward obtaining a long-term drinking water solution. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.

October 3, 10 AM- 4 PM. Central Coast Homelessness and Water Quality Public Forum. This workshop will discuss the challenges and solutions related to the intersection of water quality and people experiencing homelessness on the Central Coast. Elected officials, local and state agencies, and nonprofit entities will come together to identify and promote actions that reduce homelessness, as well as associated water quality impacts and risks to human health. Location: Central Coast Water Board Office (895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401). Register here by September 23, 2019. Please direct other questions about this workshop to Central Coast Water Board staff at 805-549-4768 or RB3-homelessness@waterboards.ca.gov


CWC in the news

KAZU 90.3: Monterey County Community Organizes For Clean Tap Water. CWC community organizers have been organizing residents in the community north of Moss Landing for almost a year by connecting residents to private well testing (provided free of charge by the Central Coast Regional Water Board) and supporting community members to advocate for their short and long-term drinking water needs. Recently, members of the community-based organization, El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica, or, The Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Water, successfully advocated for bottled water delivery for more than 150 households that had at least one contaminant above the legal limit. This service, paid for by a state grant, is only a temporary solution for communities. A long-term solution will take planning and more time, and it is critical that impacted residents have a seat at that table to ensure that any long-term solution meets their drinking water needs.

Univision: “El Agua Se Mira Pero No Se Toma": El Problema del Líquido Contaminado en el Valle Agrícola del Centro de California. In the center of California is the richest agricultural valley, an industry that feeds the nation and created a problem for families that harvest the crops. The water that reaches the houses is dangerous for their health. Like in many agricultural communities, water in East Orosi is contaminated with nitrates and not safe to drink. Residents talk with Univision about the fight for safe drinking water.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


LA VOZ DE VECINOS UNIDOS COMES TOGETHER FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER

La Voz de Vecinos Unidos is a new community-based organization formed in August in Tulare County with the mission of bettering community services for a better way of life. The organization’s first priority is securing a consolidation agreement to bring safe drinking water to the community of East Orosi. The group brings together members from multiple communities including East Orosi, Cutler, Sultana, and Dinuba to build regional power!  

 


COMMUNITY MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN STATE WATER BOARD PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

In April 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order directing the Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Food and Agriculture to prepare a water resilience portfolio. The state agencies have been working together to prepare recommendations that meet the needs of California’s communities, economy, and the environment that will be delivered to the Governor by the end of 2019. As part of this process, the State Water Board has been holding public sessions across the state including in Visalia and Madera. 

Last month, dozens of community leaders and organizational partners joined us in Visalia for one of the State Water Board's public engagement sessions. The goal of the session was to get community input on how to build resilient partnerships, meet challenges to water supply reliability using regional approaches, ensure access to clean, safe and affordable water, and seek ways to capture the knowledge of impacted communities to inform state water efforts. Community members also shared input on the implementation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SB 200) and emphasized the need for effective and transparent implementation, which community residents want to ensure by having a seat at the decision-making table. 

We heard great feedback and great questions about the plan for a water resilient California and the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Thank you for participating!

 


ADVOCATING FOR SOLUTIONS THAT WORK FOR COMMUNITIES WITH UNSAFE DRINKING WATER

Last month, Heather and Lucy represented CWC and the AGUA Coalition on a panel about temporary solutions for communities with unsafe drinking water at a State Water Board meeting. Lucy shared about her work to ensure her family and community, and other communities across California have access to safe and affordable drinking water. When Lucy’s community of West Goshen received bottled water as a temporary solution, the water provided was not enough to meet basic needs such as for drinking and cooking. Fortunately, Lucy’s family was able to connect to the City of Visalia and start receiving safe water but there are still 25 homes in her community that still do not have access to safe water and are paying for bottled water. Heather and Lucy emphasized that temporary solutions such as delivered bottled water and point of use services like filters are only temporary fixes and need to be connected to long-term solutions. That means communities must be incorporated into the process for developing long-term solutions and remain key drivers of solutions. We look forward to further collaboration with the Board to turn the promise of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund into a reality for every Californian!


THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC WATER JUSTICE CELEBRATION!

We had a great time celebrating community power with more than 100 guests at our Water Justice Celebration event in Visalia last week! Thank you to all of those that were able to join and to our event sponsors! Together with the support of our generous sponsors and attendees, we raised more than $23,000 for the movement! In addition to inspiring speakers like Dolores Huerta, the crowd was treated to a stellar impromptu Mariachi performance by AGUA Coalition member Bartolo Chavez. It was a memorable night, and we are eternally grateful to be a part of this amazing collective. Mil gracias a todos!

 


ZACH HAYDT JOINS THE CWC TEAM!

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member, Zach Haydt, joined the Visalia team last month as a Legal Fellow. Check out his bio and make sure to give him a warm welcome!


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:

Community Organizer - Visalia: 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 San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Marquez at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org 

Communications Manager - Sacramento: The bilingual (English and Spanish) Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will work closely with CWC’s Policy Director and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact to Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant atchristina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org.  

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia or Sacramento: The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@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.
  • 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 more than three 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.
  • Resources for Protecting Groundwater. Summer and fall 2019 are an important time for groundwater planning. In preparation for this, Community Water Center has just released two new resources for protecting drinking water quality in the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): 

We hope these resources support your involvement in groundwater planning. If you are new to the SGMA process, there is still time to get involved. Click here for a step-by-step process for how to get involved in your local area. 

 


THANK YOU TO OUR VISALIA WATER JUSTICE CELEBRATION SPONSORS!

 

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, Bryan Barnha, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Gilje, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillingerl, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

 

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

Jim Maciel, Carole Clum

 

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


July 2019 eNews

July 2019

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Dear Friend,

With the Governor’s signature in July, California made history by passing SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund! This will provide more than $1.4 billion in sustainable funding over the next 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all! Now, the work begins to ensure a timely and ambitious implementation so that all communities without safe water today will have safe and affordable drinking water projects either secured or in progress, not decades from now, but within the next several years.  

We are also excited to invite you to our annual Water Justice Celebration taking place on September 5 in Visalia. We have a lot to celebrate this year with the power of people achieving a historic water justice victory! 

See more information below!

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS- COME JOIN US!

AUGUST 23, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure safe bottled water delivery and next steps in working toward obtaining safe drinking water directly from the tap. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.


ANNUAL WATER JUSTICE CELEBRATION!

 

Join us on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30-8:00 PM for our annual community celebration event in Visalia!  We have a lot to celebrate this year as we witnessed the power of people achieve a historic water justice victory! The event will include inspiring speakers, live music, food and great company! 

 

Save your spot and buy tickets by clicking the button below.


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


CWC in the news

Valley Public Radio: Newsom Establishes Long-Term Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Newsom was joined by local residents, environmental advocates, and legislators as he signed SB 200, which creates a long-term fund to support the more than 300 California communities that lack safe drinking water. “The idea that we’re living in a state with a million people that don’t have access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water is a disgrace,” Newsom said during the event.

Radio Bilingue: Interview with CWC’s Susana De Anda. In a major victory for grassroots organizers, the California legislature passed a bill for clean drinking water to address the contaminated water crisis in rural communities. 

Civil Eats: 300 California Communities Can’t Drink From the Tap. Will More Money Make a Difference? When the agricultural communities that have water sit just a mile or two away from cities that don’t, the class and racial divides that determine which Californians get access to natural resources become difficult to ignore. SB 200 gives small rural communities the support they need to repair their water supply without protracted negotiations with larger municipalities

California Health Report: State Water Agreement is a Victory for Health Equity. From the San Joaquin Valley to southeast Los Angeles, Californians turn on the tap to find contaminated, foul-smelling, or discolored water—or no water at all. In this Op-ed, the Director of Health Equity at the Prevention Institute, Elva Yanez, applauds the frontline communities and policy advocates who fought to win this victory for health and human rights.

The Sun Gazette: Communities Still Gaming out what the Future will be. Community members, local activists and advocacy organizations met last week to discuss sustainable groundwater markets at a roundtable in Visalia. 

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


GOV. NEWSOM SIGNS THE SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND INTO LAW-- CLEARING THE PATH FOR SAFE WATER FOR ALL!

We are thrilled to share that in July, the Governor signed SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, into law! Governor Newsom visited community advocates in the unincorporated community of Tombstone Territory in Fresno County. The Fund will provide nearly $1.5 billion dollars of funding over the next decade for safe drinking water projects in vulnerable communities. 

The fact that this victory was secured by the direct advocacy, over the course of years and decades, of impacted communities themselves, once again demonstrates the power of people to change the trajectory of their society toward a place of greater justice.

We thank Governor Gavin Newsom for his leadership on safe water, and for coming back to the community today to share this special moment with those that have fought so long for this victory. We also thank Senator Bill Monning for his tireless work to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, in partnership with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia and Richard Bloom, and the many other supporters who joined hands together to make history.

And now the real work begins. Turning the promise of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund into a reality for the communities that have waited so long for relief will require effective, bold and transparent implementation by the State Water Board as well as by regional and local water boards and other decision-makers. We will continue to partner with impacted communities to ensure they are incorporated into the process and remain key drivers of timely solutions.

Together let’s move forward boldly to do the necessary work of implementing safe and affordable drinking water projects for the communities that desperately need them -- and in doing so, finally achieve the California promise of safe and affordable drinking water for all.

 


CENTRAL COAST STARTS BOTTLED WATER DELIVERY!
(BLUFF/JENSEN/SPRINGFIELD)

Community members of El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Drinking Water) successfully advocated for funding to cover delivered bottled water for their whole community after well testing results showed unsafe levels of nitrate and 123-TCP. Comité members attended a board meeting of their local community services district, Pajaro Sunny Mesa, to request that the CSD apply for the state grant for bottled water delivery for impacted residents. 

After getting the grant, dozens of eligible residents applied and started receiving bottled water delivered to their homes in July. This is a short-term plan to protect the health of residents now while we work in partnership with residents and others for a long-term solution for safe water. We will continue outreach to impacted residents to apply for the water delivery program. 

Contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for more information.  

 


ROUNDTABLE ON PROTECTING DRINKING WATER IN GROUNDWATER MARKETS

On July 2nd, about 70 community members and local elected leaders participated in a Roundtable on Protecting Drinking Water in Groundwater Markets hosted by CWC, Self-Help Enterprises, Leadership Counsel, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Environmental Defense Fund in Visalia.

The event started with a CWC presentation and panel on protecting drinking water in groundwater markets which would limit the amount that each user can pump, and would allow individuals to buy and sell their allotment of groundwater, and how these markets could impact drinking water supplies in rural, low-income communities. 

Later, roundtable participants played a few rounds of a groundwater markets game. The game was developed by the Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Michigan and is intended to help players better understand the possible impacts of markets for different users. Participants practiced several market scenarios modeling how although groundwater markets can facilitate the exchange of resources, they can also raise concerns for communities who depend on groundwater to drink and for those users who may not be able to afford additional groundwater allocations. Thanks to everyone who joined us and helped make this event a success!


PROTECTING DRINKING WATER AND GROUNDWATER PLANNING IN THE SALINAS VALLEY

Last week, over 50 residents and community leaders attended a drinking water and groundwater planning workshop at San Jerardo Cooperative hosted by Community Water Center, San Jerardo Cooperative, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The majority of attendees get their drinking water from private wells and small water systems in the Salinas Valley. This workshop was an opportunity to share information about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Sustainability Indicators, and what is being proposed in the draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan by the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency. During the workshop, we solicited feedback on how residents would like to see groundwater managed and get involved in the process. Community Water Center will continue to work with those who attended to continue to increase engagement among drinking water stakeholders in groundwater planning in the Salinas Valley. 

For more information on what was covered and links to the materials from the July 31 event, visit our website or call our office at (831) 288-0450.

 


CHRISTINA mARQUEZ- GUERRA JOINS THE CWC TEAM!


 

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member! Christina Marquez joined the Visalia team last month as an Administrative Assistant. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!


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:

Communications Manager - Sacramento: The bilingual (English and Spanish) Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will work closely with CWC’s Policy Director and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact to Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org.  

Community Organizer - Visalia: 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 San Joaquin Valley. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Marquez, Administrative Assistant at christina.marquez@communitywatercenter.org. 

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia or Sacramento Office: The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org. 

 

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

We hope these resources support your involvement in groundwater planning. If you are new to the SGMA process, there is still time to get involved. Click here for a step-by-step process for how to get involved in your local area.

 


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 Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Kathryn Gilje, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

 

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

Luisa Medina, Dorothy Osak, Allison Harvey Turner, Sarah Murdoch

 

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


June 2019 eNews

June 2019

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Dear Friend,

In June, community members impacted by unsafe water in their homes, schools and communities gathered in a powerful call to action at the steps of the Capitol joined by residents from the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, Dolores Huerta, and allie organizations. Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-20 budget, which included more than $160 million to begin addressing decades of drinking water contamination and inadequate water system infrastructure throughout the state. Finally, we are thrilled to share that this week, at long last, California made history by passing SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund on a strong bipartisan vote. This will provide over $1.4 billion in sustainable funding over the next 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all! See more information below!

 

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS

JULY 26, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working to secure safe bottled water delivery and next steps in working toward obtaining safe drinking water directly from the tap. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the efforts of the Comité. Please contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org with any questions.


CWC in the news

NowThis: California’s Contaminated Water Crisis. An excellent overview of the CA drinking water crisis and experiences of valley leaders including AGUA member Josie Nieto and CWC Executive Director Susana De Anda.

Associated Press: California Lawmakers Agree to Tap $130M of Clean-Air Funding to Pay for Drinking Water. California legislative leaders agreed to spend $130 million a year to improve water systems in communities where people can’t drink from their taps. To pay for it, the state would tap a fund dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Natural Resources Defense Council: Progress in the Fight for Safe Drinking Water. The California Budget agreement would fund $1.4 billion in stable safe water for all funding over 11 years. A big thank you to NRDC for supporting the safe water budget proposal! 

Valley Public Radio: With Updated Budget, Safe Drinking Water Fund Inches Closer to Reality. For the first time in two years, legislators in Sacramento may have paved the way toward establishing a statewide safe drinking water fund. Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest state budget allocates over $100 million this year to a fund that would support drinking water projects in impacted communities. The current language calls for roughly $1.4 billion over the next 11 years. 

California Healthline: A Million Californians Don’t Have Clean Drinking Water. Where Do They Live? Julia Mendoza wants the tap water she pays for to be clean and safe, but it hasn’t been for nearly a decade. “If we want clean water for bathing, that’s not for us,” she said in Spanish. “That’s for rich cities, not for us.” Mendoza, 42, and her family live in Cantua Creek in western Fresno County, a town of about 100 homes that is inextricably tied to the farmland surrounding it. 

Bloomberg: Editorial: California Needs Clean Water. In 2012, former California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Human Right to Water Act, recognizing that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water.” At least 1 million Californians are still waiting to exercise that right. Although the vast majority of the state’s water remains clean, some areas are struggling to solve serious supply and pollution problems. Without sustained action by the state, these dire challenges threaten to grow worse. 


See the latest CWC news coverage here.


CENTRAL COAST COMITÉ ORGANIZES FOR BOTTLED WATER IN THEIR COMMUNITY! (BLUFF/JENSEN/SPRINGFIELD)



Community members of El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica (Committee for Safe, Clean and Affordable Drinking Water) have been advocating for funding to cover delivered bottled water for their whole community after many residents participated in a well testing program. The results showed very high and unsafe levels of nitrate and 123-TCP. Comité members attended a board meeting of their local community services district, Pajaro Sunny Mesa, to request that the CSD apply for the state grant for bottled water delivery for impacted residents. The Board unanimously voted to apply for the program, demonstrating strong leadership. This is a short-term plan to protect the health of residents now while we work in partnership with residents and others for a long-term solution for safe water. Community members are eligible to start receiving bottled water in early July. 

 

Contact Cesar Garcia Lopez at (831) 288-0450 or cesar.garcia@communitywatercenter.org for more information.  

 


CIVIC ENGAGEMENT TEAM REACHES THOUSANDS OF LATINO VOTERS

Last month, we launched our Spring Civic Engagement Program (CEP) with a team of eight canvassers. Our team of canvassers will be calling Tulare County Latinx voters to share important information about drinking water concerns and accountability. So far we have reached more than 2,400 Latinx Voters from Tulare County! We will be continuing our program through early July, and hope to reach 1,500 more voters. We will continue to follow up with contacted voters throughout the year, and include them in key CWC work and campaigns that will impact their community’s access to safe and affordable drinking water.


PASSAGE OF CA BUDGET REPRESENTS A MAJOR VICTORY IN THE FIGHT FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER

As a result of our multi-year campaign to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, the Governor and Legislative leadership announced a safe water budget detail in early June that would provide targeted funding for vulnerable communities.

Then in late June, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-20 budget, which included more than $160 million to immediately begin addressing decades of drinking water contamination and inadequate water system infrastructure throughout the state. 

We are thrilled to share that this week, at long last, California made history by passing SB 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund on a strong bipartisan vote! This will provide over $1.4 billion over the next 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all! This represents a historic victory and is a testament to the years of work by impacted community members alongside ally groups representing environmental justice, health, education, business, agriculture, and more. 

We are so proud that this victory was secured by the direct advocacy, over the course of years and decades, of impacted communities themselves. Together we -- and you -- persevered and built a movement for water justice and never gave up. Through it all, we remained thirsty for justice -- and this week justice has finally been achieved. 

We thank Senator Monning, who made his office a welcoming space for our communities, for his tireless work to pass the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. We also thank the Governor, the Speaker and Pro Tem, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and the many other legislative supporters and coalition organizations who joined hands together in partnership with environmental justice organizations to make history. 

We now urge a swift signature of SB 200 by Governor Newsom so that California can begin the necessary work of implementing safe and affordable drinking water projects for the communities that desperately need them -- and thereby finally achieve the California promise of safe and affordable drinking water for all.

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member! Wendy Avila joined the Visalia team last month as a Community Organizer. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!

 


KATHRYN GILJE JOINS CWC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our team is excited to introduce you to our newest member of the Board of Directors. She is director of Ceres Trust, a foundation that supports healthy and resilient farms, forests and communities; and the ecosystems upon which we all depend. Kathryn works with institutional philanthropy to shift money, hearts and minds to organizing and movement–building for a just and regenerative economy. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!

 


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:

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia Office

The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org. 

Communications Manager - Sacramento:The bilingual (English and Spanish) Communications Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing media relations, organizational communications (eblasts, web presence, social media), and supporting CWC’s fundraising efforts. The Communications Manager is a full-time position based out of our Sacramento office and will report to the Director of Strategic Partnerships. This position will work closely with CWC’s Policy Director and the Executive Director, as well as other CWC staff, community members, ally organizations and agencies, and various interns. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Garcia-Grazier at natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org.  



RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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, Brandon Hill, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David & Ide Weinsoff, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Gilje, Kat Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, 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 May and June! 

Mari Amend, Alf Brandt, Michael Grazier, Linda Kida, Teri Marsh, Joanna Waen, Rob Weidner

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


May 2019 eNews

May 2019

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Dear Friend,

We have a historic opportunity to pass a sustainable source of funding for safe water next week. For decades, community members have led the fight against the continued, direct violation of California's Human Right to Water law which passed in 2012. We are launching a water strike to call attention to CA's ongoing safe water crisis. This strike will continue until we pass the June 15 budget deadline. Join communities impacted by unsafe water at the State Capitol on all of next week to secure a sustainable funding source because the one million Californians without safe water don’t deserve to wait any longer. See more information below!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tune in next week!

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE 10-14, 12-1 PM. Water Strike at the State Capitol. Community members impacted by unsafe water in their homes, schools and communities will be rallying in a powerful call to action at the steps of the Capitol now through to next week in the run-up to the June 15 budget deadline. Join impacted residents from the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast, Dolores Huerta, local leaders, and allies on June 10th. Residents will continue to rally through June 14th at the State Capitol.

 

JUNE 28, 5-6 PM. Central Coast Comité Platica. Comité members will be sharing their experience working with the Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Service District (CSD)  to secure safe bottled water delivery. This is an interim solution for drinking water contamination of private wells. All residents of the Bluff Rd., Jensen Rd, and Springfield Rd. area in north Monterey County are invited to this meeting to learn more about the safe water program. A special thanks to the Pajaro Sunny Mesa CSD for stepping up to apply for state funds for water delivery!

 

JULY 2, 5-8PM. Roundtable on Protecting Drinking Water in Groundwater Markets. Across the state, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) are developing plans for how they will manage groundwater using “groundwater markets,” which would limit the amount that each user can pump, and would allow individuals to buy and sell their allotment of groundwater. Attend to learn more about what groundwater markets are, and how they could impact drinking water supplies for disadvantaged communities. Meeting organizers will present a new Community Guide to Groundwater Markets, host a short panel discussion, and practice groundwater market scenarios. Dinner and Spanish translation will be provided. To RSVP, please fill out the short form here.

 

JULY 27, 4-7 PM. An Evening of Art and Justice at Runnymede Farm. Join us on Saturday, July 27 for our second annual fundraiser featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, a lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more! RSVP to reserve your spot here.


CWC in the news

New York Times: They Grow the Nation’s Food, but They Can’t Drink the Water. CWC’s Susana De Anda sheds light on the relationship between clean water and money. Despite producing the nation’s food, residents in the Central Valley, predominantly Latinx residents, face toxic water in their homes, schools, and clinics.

San Francisco Chronicle: 1 million Californians use tainted water. Will state pass a clean-water tax? CWC’s Kelsey Hinton calls into question the distribution of resources and attention the state gives. Solutions exist for the clean drinking water crisis in the Central Valley and across the state through the proposed Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

Sacramento Bee: ‘We couldn’t even take showers’: Californians with unsafe drinking water appeal for fixes. Community residents traveled to Sacramento to hold a water strike outside the Capitol in support of secure, sustainable funding for solving CA’s drinking water crisis.

Kion 5/46 News: Monterey County leaders rally support for state safe drinking water fund. Community partner and water activist, Horacio Amezquita, informed the public of the agricultural practices that continue to pollute groundwater with nitrates. CWC’s Susana De Anda spoke on the health effects of nitrate contamination through short term and long term exposure, such as vomiting, blue baby syndrome, and cancer.

Visalia Times Delta: Dolores Huerta condemns ‘toxic taps,’ supports proposed water tax at Valley rally. Community activists gathered outside of Senator Melissa Hurtado’s Bakersfield office to call on elected officials to support the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The community activists were joined by Dolores Huerta and members of CWC.

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


Pajaro Sunny Mesa Water Board Unanimously Supports Bottled Water Grant for Nearby Households Impacted by Unsafe Drinking Water

This past Wednesday, members of El Comité para tener agua sana, limpia, y economica alongside CWC’s Central Coast Organizing team attended the Pajaro Sunny Mesa Community Service District (CSD) board meeting to advocate for  bottled water for a community located north of Moss Landing in Monterey County with high levels of nitrate and 1,2,3-TCP in their water. All of the Comité members had the opportunity to share their personal experience of living with contaminated water. he Pajaro Sunny Mesa CSD board unanimously voted to approve the CSD applying for the Clean up and Abatement Act Grant for emergency bottled water! Our Central Coast Organizing team will be working with the Comité, CSD, and the State Water Board to start the bottled water delivery as soon as possible.

 


Historic Week for Safe Drinking Water

For three years, a campaign to pass a secure, sustainable source of funding for solving the state’s drinking water crisis has been led by community residents, CWC, and other organizations throughout the state – but the fight for safe and affordable drinking water has gone on for decades. Next week has the potential to be historic step towards ending this crisis once and for all.

With the state budget deadline next week, legendary farmer worker rights leader Dolores Huerta will join Californians living without safe drinking water for a Water Strike calling attention to the urgent public health crisis of contaminated drinking water in communities across California. The Water Strike was launched last week at the Capitol, with impacted residents forgoing drinking water for one hour in 100+ degree heat to join in solidarity with the more than one million Californians who lack access to safe water. Community members, local leaders, and environmental justice advocates will continue to urge our decision makers to secure a sustainable funding source by June 15 that provides the greatest level of certainty possible for universal, permanent access to safe water in CA, and that is protected from inevitable economic downtowns. California must put such a solution in place this month, because the one million Californians without safe water don’t deserve to wait any longer. Many have lived their entire lives without access to clean water.

Join us next week at the Capitol in support of safe water for ALL!

 


Patty Avila-Garcia joins the CWC team

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member! Patty Avila-Garcia joined the Sacramento team last month as a Program Associate. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!


Join us in Woodside, CA on July 27th

Join us July 27th at our upcoming fundraiser in Woodside, An Evening of Art and Justice, featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more. RSVP to reserve your spot here.

Where: Runnymede Farm

     980 Runnymede Rd

     Woodside, CA 94062

 

When: Saturday, July 27th

            from 4-7 PM

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:

Administrative Assistant - 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 Administrative Assistant 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.

 

Water Leadership Strategist - Visalia Office: The Water Leadership Strategist is primarily responsible for coordinating the Community Water Leaders Network (CWLN) and supporting efforts to build regional power. CWLN is a network of 22 elected representatives from city councils, county board of supervisors, local water boards, public utilities districts, community service districts, school boards who have made a commitment to securing safe, clean and affordable water for their communities. The network is designed to support local elected decision makers by connecting leaders to each other for peer support and mentorship, providing accurate information and water expertise, and by sharing information on opportunities to secure safe and affordable drinking water. If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Renteria at adriana.renteria@communitywatercenter.org.

 


RESOURCES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  • 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.

 

 


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, Donald Zimmerman, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Julian De Anda, Kavita Vora, Kat Wuelfing, Kathryn Gilje,  Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce & Patience Milrod, Renata Brillinger, Sandra Hocker, Vicki Woods

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


April 2019 eNews

April 2019

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Dear {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}},

Next Monday kicks off National Drinking Water Week around the US. Each year we like to use this time to bring new supporters into the water justice movement by sharing community partner stories and resources on the CA drinking water crisis. We will be holding space across our social media channels to lift up community activism happening throughout the state to ensure safe water is accessible to all, as well as providing an inside look at what the CWC team is up to across all of our organizing, policy and communication strategies. On Thursday, May 9th the AGUA Coalition is hosting a celebration in Orosi, which is the perfect way to wrap a week focused on drinking water -- celebrating progress with those that are leading the movement. See more information below!

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tune in next week!

Adelante,
Susana De Anda


UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY 9, 5:30-8 PM. AGUA Celebration at Orosi Memorial Hall (41645 Rd 128, Orosi, CA 93647). The AGUA Coalition is hosting its annual Celebration on May 9th at the Orosi Memorial Hall from 5:30-8:00 PM. This event is happening during National Drinking Water Week, and will be the culmination of a week of educational events on access to safe drinking water in the San Joaquin Valley. At the event, we will have food, music, and a program recognizing the work oAGUA has accomplished in the last 13 years. For more information or to RSVP please call our Visalia Office: 559-733-0219

JULY 27, 4-8 PM. An Evening of Art and Justice at Runnymede Farm. Join us on Saturday, July 27th for our second annual fundraiser featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, a lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more! RSVP to reserve your spot here.


CWC in the news

Our Valley Voice: Solution identified for East Orosi after 10 years of unsafe water. CWC’s Ryan Jensen sheds light on East Orosi’s drinking water crisis and what is being done to solve it.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


East Orosi Consolidation Championed by Local Water Board and Community Activists

Last month, the State Water Board held a public hearing at Orosi High School for residents of East Orosi and Orosi to discuss the potential drinking water consolidation between the two communities. CWC has been conducting outreach to residents to provide accurate information and opportunities to engage in the process. This engagement has been key given attempts to spread misinformation and discourage residents from participating from some who do not favor an equitable, fair sharing of power.  East Orosi residents made it very clear that they’re ready for a sustainable solution to their drinking water contamination and wastewater crisis and want to have services taken over directly by Orosi Public Utility District (PUD) as soon as possible. The State Water Board is required to present the finding that all voluntary consolidation efforts have been exhausted before moving forward with the order for mandatory consolidation. A clear answer has not been given to frustrated residents on how long they will allow this voluntary process to continue before issuing the mandatory order.

Community Water Center has worked with residents in both Orosi and East Orosi to collect more than 140 signatures on a petition in support of the consolidation. This petition shows the broad public support in both communities for a fair, comprehensive, and long-term solution! Members of the public are highly encouraged to express their opinions about this consolidation by attending and making public comments at meetings of both local water boards in Orosi and East Orosi. Public pressure to move forward with a comprehensive and fair consolidation agreement is key to bringing long-term relief to the community of East Orosi as quickly as possible.


Safe and Affordable Drinking Water for Californians is Within Reach

This summer, we have the chance to make sustainable drinking water solutions accessible to millions of low-income Californians for the first time by passing the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.  Are you ready to join the movement? Sign-up here to receive email alerts when key opportunities to take action are happening! Together, we can make the Human Right to Water a reality for ALL Californians.


Thank you for joining us this April!

Thank you to those who joined us for our briefing on California’s Drinking Water Crisis! A huge thank you to our panelists, Lucy Hernandez, Susana De Anda, Jennifer Clary and Todd Robins for the great conversation, as well as the Brower Center for being a great partner and host! See photos from the evening here and a recording of the full panel discussion here. It was a great evening, prompting important conversations for how new supporters can become involved in the water justice movement.

We also were excited to connect with our Central Coast partners and friends at our Watsonville Open House! A special thank you to Steven Jimenez (center) from Assemblymember Rivas’ office who attended our event and presented the team with a certificate of recognition for the new office. The drinking water challenges in this region are significant, and we are looking forward to working alongside residents, allies and other supporters to advance access to safe and affordable drinking water to those impacted by this crisis.


Support the AGUA Coalition Today

The Peace Development Fund is highlighting the important, ongoing work of the AGUA Coalition this week:

"AGUA represents the inspiring and effective voice of 26 communities with limited access to safe drinking water in California. As low-income and predominantly Latino communities, they speak to the structural and economic disparities that impede their ability to realize their human rights. 

AGUA has advocated for the equitable distribution of clean water in times of plenty – and most recently, in ensuring the safety and sufficiency of water in times of drought. They understand the impact of contaminants from factory farms and chemical fertilizers on human health.  They effectively communicate the short and long-term implications of lack of access to clean water and the need to preserve our aquifers as part of respecting and protecting the global commons for future generations." 

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Join us in Woodside, CA on July 27th

Join us July 27th at our upcoming fundraiser in Woodside, An Evening of Art and Justice, featuring a tour of a private collection of sculptures, lively discussion on drinking water in CA, outdoor dinner and more. RSVP to reserve your spot here.

Where: Runnymede Farm

980 Runnymede Rd, Woodside, CA 94062

 

When: Saturday, July 27th from 4-7 PM

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:

Administrative Assistant - 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 Administrative Assistant 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.

Community Organizer - Visalia Office: 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 San Joaquin Valley. All employees at CWC are “at will.” This position will report directly to the Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Fernandez at erica.fernandez@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.


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.
  • 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

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


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

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