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February 2020 eNews

February 2020

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Dear Friend,

It's been a busy month!

  • We partnered with Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg on new drought legislation.

  • We supported the Tulare County Board of Supervisors in calling for action in getting the East Orosi community access to safe and clean water.

  • About 200 people joined the launch of our interactive Drinking Water Tool!

  • And we added new CWC team members!

Save the date for the 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards taking place on March 10th in Sacramento. We’ll be recognizing leaders who have worked tirelessly to make the human right to water a reality for all Californians.

See below for more information.

Adelante,

Susana De Anda


CWC in the news!

People en Español: Activist Susana de Anda on Environmental Racism and Her Fight for Safe Drinking Water. Susana De Anda, the co-founder and executive director of California's Community Water Center, talks about her mission to provide safe drinking water to low-income Latinx families in the state.

Capital Public Radio: California May Be Sliding Back Into Drought, Lawmakers And Advocates Warn Now Is The Time To PrepareNew federal data show that California may be sliding back into drought, just as the Legislature is starting to pursue ways to make sure residents are prepared for water shortages.

KSBW 8: New online interactive tool helps Californians prepare for future drought. This rain-year has brought an alarmingly dry winter in California so far, according to climate change experts. Now, there's a new tool to help Californians navigate your water supply.

Capital and Main: As Droughts Ebb, California’s Water Issues RemainLast July 27 was a big day for Cristobal Chavez. That’s when the 62-year-old, who lives on a small farm outside Porterville in Tulare County, met California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Yubanet.com: New CWC Drinking Water Tool to Prepare for the Next DroughtHere’s a fact: California WILL experience longer, more severe droughts due to climate change. This will cause drinking water supplies for vulnerable communities to run dry or become contaminated — and as a result will directly threaten California’s ability to secure access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. That’s why the Community Water Center has created a NEW interactive drinking water web tool!

Foothills Sun-Gazette: Online tool assesses drought risk for residents on private wells, public water systemsCalifornia is doing more to preserve its groundwater levels than ever before, but a new, interactive tool by a local water advocacy group suggests it may not be enough.

See the latest CWC news coverage here.



Upcoming Events - Come join us!

Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30 pm - 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards
Join us in Sacramento for the 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards. We’ll honor water justice leaders for their leadership to make the human right to water a reality. This event will be an opportunity to recognize leaders who have worked tirelessly, often against great odds, to ensure the human right of safe drinking water in California.

This year, we are proud to share this year’s honorees, which include: 

  • Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the Newsom Administration
  • Melynda Metheney, member of the AGUA Coalition, and West Goshen community leader
  • Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please see our sponsorship opportunities here and contact Natalie Garcia-Grazier, our Director of Strategic Partnerships at (559) 301-8224 or natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org. All sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the event, their logo on event materials and shout outs via email and social media!

April 3- 5, 2020. CWC invites you to experience The Water Project. A powerful collaboration between five departments at Santa Clara University, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today. Our Community Organizer, Mayra Hernandez, will join a panel following the April 4 presentation to discuss water quality issues with the audience. More info here

April 2020 - Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Advisory Group Meeting
To be held in the Southern California Area. Date, time, and location to be determined.


Tulare County BOS urges State Water Board to help East Orosi families get safe, clean drinking water

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 11 approved sending a letter to the State Water Board in support of moving a long-overdue water consolidation project forward, which would provide badly needed safe drinking water to the East Orosi community.

East Orosi is an unincorporated community of Tulare County of about 700 people, who are mostly low-income Latino families. Their drinking water system has received recurring violations for unsafe levels of nitrates and bacteria for years, and a long-pending solution to consolidate their water source with neighboring Orosi Public Utilities District (OPUD) has seen little to no action.

"East Orosi has been without access to safe drinking water for far too long,” said Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero (District 4). “The solution is clear. Engineers evaluated the alternatives and recommended consolidation as the most practical and sustainable solution in 2017. State Water Board notice of intent to consolidate these two systems was given in 2018 and the community is still waiting, almost two years later, with little to no evident progress. I felt that it was important for Tulare County to weigh in on the need for the State to take action to overcome this lack of progress and commit to be a partner in the process of bringing reliable drinking water service to the community of East Orosi."

Nydia Medina, Orosi resident and member of La Voz de Vecinos Unidos, voiced her support for moving the consolidation forward at the board of supervisors meeting.

"I am a member of La Voz de Vecinos Unidos, a community group formed by members of East Orosi, Orosi, Dinuba, Cutler, and other communities in the area,” Medina said. “Today I am here to thank the Board of Supervisors for their support to the community of East Orosi to have clean and safe water. Every human being should have this right. Thank you and I look forward to your support."

Read the letter here.

Earlier this month, the first Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Advisory Group (Advisory Group) meeting took place. This meeting marks an important milestone for the implementation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The Advisory Group will advise the Board in developing a fund expenditure plan and other key policies.

CWC was in attendance, along with community members Lucy Hernandez and Horacio Amezquita. Lucy from AGUA Coalition and Horacio from San Jerardo Cooperative Inc. were selected as two of the 19 members of the Advisory Group! Their leadership will help identify needs & community priorities for the Fund. We look forward to attending future meetings in order to ensure that the vision of the Fund to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians is achieved.


Senate Majority Leader Hertzberg proposes law to protect access to clean drinking water
for the next big drought

Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) introduced legislation on Feb. 11 that would help ensure safe, clean, and affordable drinking water for vulnerable communities at risk of being impacted when the next drought hits.

During the 2012-2016 drought, almost 12,000 Californians ran out of water. That historic drought served as an alarming indicator of California’s warmer future, and we expect droughts to continue to increase in severity and frequency, especially in rural communities throughout California, including the hard-hit Central Valley. 

Hertzberg’s bill (SB 971) would facilitate better coordination and drought preparedness for small and rural communities and water suppliers by making various changes to their local drought and water shortage contingency plans. This includes integrating proactive drought planning as part of key existing county planning processes. The legislation would also implement new state measures designed to better plan and support drought resilience for small water systems.

Droughts impact low-income, small and rural communities the hardest,” said Susana De Anda, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Community Water Center, which is co-sponsoring the bill along with the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA). “There’s this gap of drinking water accessibility that needs to be closed. That’s why this bill is so critical. It will require California to bridge the drinking water gap by having plans in place for vulnerable communities throughout the state, including the Central Valley. We applaud Senator Hertzberg for standing up for clean drinking water for all Californians,” De Anda added. “Water is a human right. All Californians must have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.”

TAKE ACTION: Send a letter of support to help ensure drought planning policies benefit communities most at risk and to prevent catastrophic impacts on drinking water. Visit: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/droughtplanning


200 people join launch of CWC's new Drinking Water Tool

Nearly 200 people joined the launch of Community Water Center’s new Drinking Water Tool on Feb. 12!

People viewed the launch online and joined in person in our Visalia, Watsonville, and Visalia offices.

Did you miss it? Download the webinar and watch it here.

CWC designed the interactive web tool to help California prepare for the next drought.

California will experience longer, more severe droughts due to climate change. This will cause drinking water supplies for vulnerable communities to run dry or become contaminated, directly threatening California’s ability to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all.

The Drinking Water Tool is a web-based application that will help you learn: 

  • Where your water comes from based on your address
  • Whether a future drought could impact your drinking water supply
  • About the groundwater quality and supply in your area
  • How to advocate for safe, clean and affordable drinking water
  • How to compare information about your water with your local Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Thank you to UC Berkeley Water Equity and Science Shop (WESS) and special thanks to Dr. Claire Pace, Dr. Amanda Fencl, and Dr. Rob Gailey for their partnership on this project.

Learn more here: https://drinkingwatertool.communitywatercenter.org/

 


CWC urges more community outreach at SAFER Drinking Water Advisory Group meeting

Community Water Center participated in the second SAFER Drinking Water Advisory Group meeting, held on February 19 in Fresno, along with multiple community members -- including AGUA member Lucy Hernandez and Horacio Amezquita with San Jerardo Cooperative, both Advisory Committee members.

CWC urged the State Water Board to consider holding community workshops with, for example, the AGUA coalition. CWC also reinforced the continued need for community engagement and language accessibility as the Board moves forward with implementation of the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program, formerly referred to as the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund.

The SAFER advisory group provides the State Water Board with constructive advice and feedback on the expenditure plan and other related policies and analyses. 

As Regional Water Manager at Community Water Center, Adriana supported efforts to increase access to safe and affordable water for disadvantaged communities in the Tulare Lake Basin by working with local water board leaders, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), and Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) groups to support regional planning efforts.

Earlier this month, Adriana transitioned out of her role and will be joining the State Water Board as Director of the Office of Public Participation. There, she will lead efforts at involving the public in the Board’s decision-making processes and ensure all interested parties can participate in Water Board activities.

 


New CWC team members!

We are excited to introduce our new team member! Reyna Gabriel-Peralta joined the Watsonville team this month as a Community Organizer. Check out her bio and give her a warm welcome!

CWC hired 10 canvassers (not all pictured) to contact thousands of Latinx voters from unincorporated and rural Tulare County about implementing the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program AND ensuring that they get counted in the U.S. Census. Welcome to the team!


 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 Solutions Coordinator - Visalia Office

The Community Solutions Coordinator is a full-time exempt position that will be primarily responsible for providing technical support, analysis, and resources to assist communities in making informed decisions on the best drinking water technical solution(s) for their needs.

Organizing Manager - Visalia Office

The Organizing Manager position is a full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for leading CWC’s organizing, education, outreach strategies and activities to support the implementation of community-driven water solutions in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.
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. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. 
Regional Water Manager - Visalia Office

The Regional Water Manager will lead CWC’s regional water management planning, policy and program development to achieve sustainable and affordable drinking water solutions in low-income communities and communities of color. The Regional Water Manager will report to the Policy Director and also work closely with the Executive Director other staff, people directly impacted by drinking water issues, members of partner organizations and agencies, other stakeholders impacted by groundwater management including representatives from industry, and various interns. This is a full-time, exempt position.
Fund Development Coordinator - Watsonville Office

The Fund Development Associate is primarily responsible for the implementation of organizational and fund development activities from the Watsonville office. This position will require occasional travel and ability to work evenings and weekends to accommodate fundraising activities, such as events, funder tours and funder deadlines. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Partnerships and other CWC personnel, independent contractors, allies and vendors. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position.
Senior Policy Advocate - Sacramento Office

The Senior Policy Advocate will be responsible for leading policy advocacy campaigns designed to address root causes of unsafe drinking water by advancing community-driven legislative, regulatory, and policy changes. This is a regular, exempt, full-time, salary position. This position reports to the Policy Director and is based out of CWC’s Sacramento office.

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 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.

 

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, Arden Wells, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Jose Pablo Ortiz Partida, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavita Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Paul Pierce, Sandra Hocker, Tom Biglione, and Vicente Guerrero.

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

Tim Stroshane, Morgan Jones, and Marlene Dehlinger

 

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


January 2020 eNews

January 2020

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Dear Friend,

Community Water Center has created a NEW interactive drinking water tool available for communities and decision-makers to use to protect drinking water during changing climate conditions. We’ll be hosting a public launch of the tool on Feb 12. Save the date and join us to learn more about using this tool to understand how a future drought could impact your drinking water.

Save the date for the 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards taking place on March 10th in Sacramento. We’ll be recognizing leaders who have worked tirelessly to make the human right to water a reality for all Californians.

See below for more information.

 

Adelante,


Susana de Anda


CWC in the news

The Sun-Gazette: Tooleville gets ear of State Water Board. Four residents with ties to Tulare County will serve on the Advisory Group for the implementation of the state’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The group also will assist the Board in tracking the program’s progress, including its impact on the number of Californians with safe drinking water, the effectiveness of water system administrators, and outcomes of water system consolidations.

Brut: The US Water Crisis Hot Spots. These areas with poor access to clean water reveal who’s taking the hit from the growing water crisis.

CalMatters: California Must Stop Agriculture from Fouling our Drinking Water. Horacio Amezquita, general manager of San Jerardo housing cooperative in Salinas writes, “For almost 30 years, our community has been chasing clean water. Dozens of communities in our area are in the same position. Agriculture must use more sustainable practices to reduce the poisons in our groundwater. When agriculture applies chemicals wastefully, we are forced to drink that waste. If the concentration of contaminants get too high, our wells are closed.”


See the latest CWC news coverage here.



UPCOMING EVENTS - COME JOIN US!

April 3- 5, 2020. CWC invites you to experience The Water Project. “A powerful collaboration between five departments at Santa Clara University, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today.” Our Community Organizer, Mayra Hernandez, will form part of a panel after the performance. More info here


FIRST SAFER DRINKING WATER ADVISORY GROUP MEETING

Earlier this month, the first Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Advisory Group (Advisory Group) meeting took place. This meeting marks an important milestone for the implementation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The Advisory Group will advise the Board in developing a fund expenditure plan and other key policies.

CWC was in attendance, along with community members Lucy Hernandez and Horacio Amezquita. Lucy from AGUA Coalition and Horacio from San Jerardo Cooperative Inc. were selected as two of the 19 members of the Advisory Group! Their leadership will help identify needs & community priorities for the Fund. We look forward to attending future meetings in order to ensure that the vision of the Fund to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians is achieved.


you are invited to our 6th annual water justice Leadership awards!

Join us in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30 pm for the 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards. Join as we honor water justice leaders for their leadership to make the human right to water a reality. This event will be an opportunity to recognize leaders who have worked tirelessly, often against great odds, to ensure the human right of safe drinking water in California.

This year, we are proud to share this year’s honorees, which include: 

  • Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency, on behalf of the Newsom Administration
  • Melynda Metheney, member of the AGUA Coalition, and West Goshen community leader
  • Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia

If your organization is interested in sponsoring this event, please see our sponsorship opportunities here and contact Natalie Garcia-Grazier, our Director of Strategic Partnerships at (559) 301-8224 or natalie.garcia@communitywatercenter.org. All sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the event, their logo on event materials and shout outs via email and social media!


CWC is excited to introduce our new Drinking Water Tool! The Drinking Water Tool is a NEW interactive web tool that provides information about the ways that communities across the state might be vulnerable to groundwater challenges that could affect their access to long-term safe and affordable drinking water. 

The Drinking Water Tool can help you learn:

  • Where your water comes from based on your address
  • Whether a future drought could impact your drinking water supply
  • Information about groundwater quality and supply in your area
  • How to advocate for safe, clean and affordable drinking water
  • How to compare information about your water with your local Groundwater Sustainability Plan

With climate change, California will experience more droughts that will last longer and be more severe. This will cause drinking water supplies for vulnerable communities to run dry or become contaminated -- and as a result, will directly threaten California’s ability to secure access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. Based on an analysis developed for this Tool, 1.6 million Californians live in areas served by private domestic wells. Many of these residents live in the Central Valley and would be affected by future droughts. The Drinking Water Tool estimates that a future drought could negatively impact 4,500 domestic wells in the Central Valley, potentially costing the state about $115 million. This presents a serious public health crisis and undermines California’s efforts to secure the Human Right to Water for all Californians. 


Join us on Wednesday, February 12, at 11 a.m in person or via webinar to learn more about using the Drinking Water Tool to help California better prepare to protect drinking water during these changing conditions! CLICK HERE TO RSVP


ADRIANA RENTERIA JOINS SWB OFFICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

As Regional Water Manager at Community Water Center, Adriana supported efforts to increase access to safe and affordable water for disadvantaged communities in the Tulare Lake Basin by working with local water board leaders, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), and Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) groups to support regional planning efforts.

Earlier this month, Adriana transitioned out of her role and will be joining the State Water Board as Director of the Office of Public Participation. There, she will lead efforts at involving the public in the Board’s decision-making processes and ensure all interested parties can participate in Water Board activities.

Although we are sad to have her leave CWC, we know that she will be an excellent addition to this state agency! 


TWO NEW CWC TEAM MEMBERS
Our team is excited to introduce you to our new team member. Jerry Jimenez joined the Sacramento team last month as a Communications Manager. Check out his bio and make sure to give him a warm welcome!

 

Harrison Ashby joined us this month as the Communications and Data Intern. Check out her bio and make sure to give her a warm welcome!

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

    Current openings:

    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. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. 

    Regional Water Manager - Visalia Office

    The Regional Water Manager will lead CWC’s regional water management planning, policy and program development to achieve sustainable and affordable drinking water solutions in low-income communities and communities of color. The Regional Water Manager will report to the Policy Director and also work closely with the Executive Director other staff, people directly impacted by drinking water issues, members of partner organizations and agencies, other stakeholders impacted by groundwater management including representatives from industry, and various interns. This is a full-time, exempt position.

    Community Organizer - Watsonville 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 Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). This position will report directly to the Organizing Manager based in Watsonville and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

    Organizing Manager - Watsonville Office

    The Organizing Manager position is a full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for leading CWC’s organizing and base-building programs and activities in the Salinas Valley and Northern Central Coast Region. The Organizing & Advocacy Manager will report directly to the Director of Community Solutions in the Watsonville Office and will also work closely with the other CWC staff and organizational partners.


     

    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.

 

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, Arden Wells, Benigna Hernandez, Bessma Mourad, Bill Walker, Bryan Barnhart, Carly Yoshida, Cassie Morgan, David Weinsoff, Edward Bergtholdt, Ellen Rowe, Frank Lukacs, Jill Ratner, Jose Pablo Ortiz Partida, Julian De Anda, Kathryn Wuelfing, Kavit, Vora, Kelsey Hinton, Kristin Dobbin, Leonard Sklar, Nancy Bruce, Natalie Garcia-Grazier, Nimmi Damodaran, Paul Pierce, Sandra Hocker, Tom Biglione, Vicente Guerrero, Vicki Woods

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

George W Davis Fund, Alan Saunders, Brittany Sanders, Caitlin Stanton, Carrie McNeil, Claudia Wrazel, Daniel  Serrano, Dieter Rutzen, Elissa Callman, Jenny Rempel, John Sauceda, Jon LaRosa, Jordyn Wolfand, Khalouk Mourad, Lara Cushing, Lauren Barnum, Linda Harris, Louise Fortmann, Mark Kines, Peter Vorster, Kelly Rayburn, Stephen Gasteyer, Victoria Rome

 

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


December 2019 eNews

December 2019

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Dear Friend,

 

Thank you for joining CWC in support of safe, clean and affordable water for all. This year has been truly momentous, and with your support, we are accelerating change in areas of California that need investment to access safe drinking water. Together, we have passed historic legislation such as the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, established  a new grassroots community-based organization in the Central Coast, and engaged impacted residents in groundwater planning to ensure drinking water sources are protected. Looking ahead to next year, our goal is to set the more than 300 communities with contaminated drinking water on a path to safe water by 2025. We’ll need your support to do that, and have a goal to raise $50,000 before the end of the year. Together, we can solve this crisis. Will you join us or reaffirm your support by donating today?

 

Adelante, 

 

Susana De Anda


CWC in the news

The Bakersfield Californian: OTHER VOICES: Health of our families, communities depends on safe water. California took a historic step forward this summer with the passage of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. This fund will provide new targeted investments to end the state’s drinking water crisis, where one million Californians are impacted by unsafe water each year. Unfortunately, successful implementation of the fund is on a potential collision course with another California law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act — also known as SGMA — which is being implemented in a manner that ignores the safe drinking water needs of our most vulnerable communities.

 

The Guardian: Californians are turning to vending machines for safer water. Are they being swindled? Vended water is many times more expensive than tap water. And there isn’t much evidence to show customers are getting the quality they’re paying for.

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


UPCOMING EVENTS - COME JOIN US!

January 24, 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.

February 19, 5:30-8 PM. CWC’s 6th Annual Water Justice Leadership Awards. Location: Mayahuel (1200 K. St., Sacramento, CA 95814). Every year, we honor leaders who fight for safe and affordable drinking water for low-income communities in CA. Save the date for this celebration you will not want to miss! Get your tickets here: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/wjla2020 

April 3- 5, 2020 CWC invites you to experience The Water Project. “A powerful collaboration between five departments at Santa Clara University, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today.” Our Community Organizer, Mayra Hernandez, will form part of a panel after the performance. More info here.


CENTRAL COAST ORGANIZING YEAR IN REVIEW AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020 

After a year of working with El comité para tener agua sana, limpia y económica, we’re excited to share our achievements in 2019! Since the community-based organization formed, we’ve held over 12 community platicas, facilitated over 22 private drinking well tests in the area, signed up over 59 households to receive a state funded bottled water service, and raised awareness about local drinking water issues through radio interviews on Radio Bilingue and local NPR station KAZU.In 2020, we will continue holding our monthly meetings to build community knowledge and power, recruit new members to join El Comité, sign up more people for the bottled water service, advocate the state to set a health protective legal limit for chromium-6, and continue organizing communities for long-term drinking water solutions for all.

FIRST SAN BENITO COUNTY COMMUNITY PLATICA

CWC community organizers have been out in the community of San Benito County connecting with residents to learn more about the drinking water challenges they are facing. So far, CWC has connected 14 homes to the Central Coast Regional Water Board’s free well testing program. From those tests, we have learned arsenic, nitrates and total dissolved solids are key contaminants impacting drinking water in the area.

TEACHERS AND PARENTS ADVOCATING FOR CLEAN WATER AT OHLONE ELEMENTARY 

We have been advocating for the State Water Board to reinstate a health protective chromium-6 legal limit as soon as possible, so that schools and domestic well owners can obtain short-term and long-term solutions. On December 11th, teachers, parents, CWC and allied organizations gave public comment at the Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Board of Trustees meeting. Teachers and parents requested for PVUSD to provide five gallon jugs of water for all the children and staff at Ohlone Elementary, as an emergency solution to the chromium-6 in their drinking water. They also requested for PVUSD to join them in urging the State Water Board to reinstate a health protective legal limit for chromium-6 and to keep teachers and parents well informed of any action they plan to take to improve access to safe water at schools.


FALL CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM UPDATE

CWC believes in holding elected officials accountable for safe and affordable drinking water and conducts civic engagement projects to educate and engage voters on drinking water issues in their communities. Over the span of 15 days, our project team contacted more than 2,000 Tulare County Latino voters! They talked to voters about the newly passed Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, and what kind of support will be available to address drinking water issues across the state. Many voters reached rely on private wells, who are eligible to benefit from this Fund. We're excited about the team's success and will keep building on this momentum into 2020!


COMMUNITY LEADERS ELECTED TO EAST OROSI COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD

Earlier this month, three community leaders took their oath of office in Tulare County to assume their positions on the East Orosi Community Services District Board (CSD) and CWC was there to show support!  East Orosi has been facing nitrate contamination of their drinking water for over a decade and needs strong leadership to end this long-standing public health crisis.Virgie Nunez, Elvira Camacho and Mayra Castillo (from left to right), stepped up to take a leadership role in their community by running for East Orosi CSD board seats. These leaders believe that, in order to see change happen in their community, they needed to be a part of the solution. On January 9th, 2020, they will take their seats as official Board members for the East-Orosi CSD.Currently, the community is currently receiving bottled water as a short term solution. La Voz de Vecinos Unidos will be working alongside their elected leaders in order to ensure that a long term solution is on its way and to get safe drinking water in their communities.Congratulations! We look forward to working with community leaders to drive water solutions and ensure the human right to water is made a reality for all Californians.


UPDATES ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT ACT (SGMA)

Many Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) made their draft Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) available for public review and are almost done with their 90-Day Public Comment Period. As we wrap up the year, GSAs will be hosting public hearings before deciding whether to adopt and submit their draft GSPs. These GSPs contain important information about how groundwater will be managed, how much pumping will be allowed, and actions the GSA plans to implement in the next couple of years. 

GSAs will be submitting their draft plans to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) by January 31, 2019. From January 31st to March 31st, the public will have another opportunity to comment on the potential adoption of plans. DWR will have three options when they review plans: 1) Accept and adopt plan as is, 2) Conditionally accept plan as long as GSAs do necessary revisions, and 3) Fail plans that do not have a clear path towards achieving sustainability. If plans are failed, the State Water Resources Control Board will implement a provisionary plan on behalf of GSAs. 

As part of their review, DWR will have to consider the Human Right to Water (HR2W) which states that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.” GSPs that do not support access to sufficient and affordable quantities of drinking water, or GSPs that impact access to safe drinking water, may require costly and time-consuming revisions prior to approval from DWR, if not outright failure of the GSP. 

Now is a critical time to participate in public hearings to adopt GSPs to ensure your concerns are being shared and documented. Below are a list of the communities in several San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and dates for their public hearings. If your community isn’t listed below, you can find your GSA by entering your address here

Pixley Irrigation District GSA

Communities included: Pixley and Teviston 

Public hearing to adopt GSP:

  • Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2020
  • Time: 9AM.
  • Location: 357 E Olive Ave, Tipton, CA 93272

Alpaugh GSA

Communities included: Alpaugh

Public hearing to adopt GSP: 

  • Date: Monday, January 13th, 2020
  • Time: 2:30PM. 
  • Location: 5446 Rd. 38, Alpaugh, CA 93201

 

Lower Tule River Irrigation District GSA

Communities included: Tipton, Poplar, Woodville

Public hearing to adopt GSP:

  • Date: Tuesday, January 14th, 2019
  • Time: 9AM. 
  • Location: 357 E Olive Ave, Tipton, CA 93272

You can stay informed about the different opportunities to give your comments and feedback before the plans are submitted to the state in January 2020 by visiting our social media sites and event page: https://www.communitywatercenter.org/events


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.

 

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. This position will report directly to the CWC Director of Organizing and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies. 

 

Organizing Manager - Watsonville Office

The Organizing Manager position is a full-time, exempt employee position that will be primarily responsible for leading CWC’s organizing and base-building programs and activities in the Salinas Valley and Northern Central Coast Region. The Organizing & Advocacy Manager will report directly to the Director of Community Solutions in the Watsonville Office and will also work closely with the other CWC staff and organizational partners. 

 

Community Organizer - Watsonville 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 Northern Central Coast Region (primarily Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito counties and parts of Santa Clara County). This position will report directly to the Organizing Manager based in the Watsonville Office and will work closely with other CWC staff, community partners and allies.

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

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

Alex Porteshawver, Alex and Kate Chen and Kerkering, Anita Chang, Avarelle Silver-Westrick, Iris Biblowitz, Ellen Hanak Valletta, Janet Traub, Kelsey Hinton, Kevin Klug, Linda Kida,  Patti Chang, Thomas Frantz, Natalie Garcia

 

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October & November 2019 eNews

October & November 2019

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Dear Friend,

Now 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 and starting the public comment period. We continue to host community workshops throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast 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. See below for more information! 

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

 

Adelante, 

Susana De Anda

CWC Co-Founder and Executive Director


UPCOMING EVENTS

November 22, 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.

Spring 2020. The Water Project. A powerful collaboration between five departments, The Water Project integrates dance, choral music, animation, and projected imagery. The Water Project explores all things water: its sacred essence and beauty, its positive and destructive power, and humanity’s role in controlling and commodifying water. This performance addresses our strong reliance on water and the impending crisis that could impact life as we know it today. More info here

Get Involved in Protecting Groundwater. Across the state, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have developed Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) that outline how to manage groundwater locally. GSAs will need to submit their plans to the state by January 2020 and 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.


CWC in the news

Visalia Delta Times: Guest column: Poor Central Valley communities deserve safe, affordable water service. La Asociación de Gente Unida por el Agua (AGUA) and Protectores del Agua Subterránea (Protectores), representing over 30 communities around the Valley, made a public appeal to the State Water Board, which on Wednesday, Oct. 16 made a decision that will determine the quality of our water in the Central Valley for decades to come.

Valley Public Radio: Disadvantaged Communities Claim A Stake In State Groundwater Overhaul. Most of the homes in the community of Tombstone, about 40 or so, get their drinking water from shallow domestic wells, which can be vulnerable to both aquifer contaminants and falling groundwater levels. They’re hoping some solutions may lie with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). That’s why Torres Romo and a handful of her neighbors recently attended a community meeting on the law.

 

See the latest CWC news coverage here.


CWC PARTICIPATES IN PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA’S “PREPARING CALIFORNIA’S WATER SYSTEM FOR CLIMATE EXTREMES” EVENT



Earlier this month, Community Water Center had the opportunity to participate in the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Preparing California’s Water System for Climate Extremes event. Jonathan Nelson, CWC’s Policy Director, spoke on a panel before 800 people who attended online and in person, to talk about the progress we've made this year and how to successfully implement the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SB 200). Critical to successful implementation, is the continued inclusion of community member voices in the process. It will continue to be a priority at CWC to make sure the Fund is implemented in a way that meets the safe drinking water needs of impacted Californians. Thank you PPIC for hosting such an important event and providing a space to have these conversations! See a recording of the full event here.

 


DRINKING WATER ADVOCATES SHARE THEIR VISION FOR SUCCESSFUL  IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER FUND

 

Over 20 organizations signed on in support to a letter sent to the State Water Board outlining the vision for a successful implementation of the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. 

The passage of the Fund represents the culmination of a half-century of advocacy from impacted communities and Community-Based Organizations in pursuit of a simple goal -- to secure every Californian’s basic human right to water. The Fund also brought together an unprecedented array of organizational partners that joined hands together with communities to achieve this historic victory. As we now look to the future, our organizations stand ready to do our part to work towards swift and equitable implementation of the Fund, and are committed to being collaborative and engaged partners throughout the entirety of this process. Read the letter here.

 


DANIEL PEÑALOZA JOINS THE CWC TEAM 

Our team is excited to introduce you to our new staff member. Daniel joined the Visalia team last month as a Water Leadership Strategist. 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:

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!

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

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

David Chatfield,  Ettinger Foundation, Belinda Yan, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Rotenberg

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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!


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