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Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement (DACTI) Summit: Ensuring Equitable Involvement in Regional Water Planning
The Local Government Commission, the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, and the California Department of Water Resources organized a statewide summit to share strategies for engaging marginalized communities in regional water management, as learned through local implementation of the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement Program.
The Summit highlighted best practices and resources developed through this program, and elevated how lessons learned from IRWM underrepresented community engagement can be shared across other water planning efforts. The summit occurred virtually on October 8th, 13th, and 14th, 2020 from 8:30am to 1pm each day.
For more information and recordings of the event, visit the DACTI Virtual Summit website.
Water Agency Education
California Rural Water Association hosted water agency operator trainings for employees of under-resourced water systems to obtain certification for maintaining water infrastructure in their communities. The following virtual webinars were provided in Fall 2020:
- Leak Detection: October 15th, 7 am – 10:30 am
- Drought Preparedness: October 29th, 8 am – 12:30 pm
- Regulatory Updates: November 5th, 7 am – 10:30 am
- Well Diagnostics: November 19th, 10 – 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm
- Water Conservation: December 10th, 8 am – 12:30 pm
For more information, visit the CRWA website, and download the Course Flyer and Registration Form here.
Watershed Ambassador Program for Local Policymakers
The Local Government Commission hosted a workshop series equipping local policymakers in the Santa Ana River Watershed with practical strategies and accessible tools to combat local water issues.
The Certified Watershed Ambassador Program was offered at no-cost to local government staff and officials in the Santa Ana Watershed. This three-part program provided valuable opportunities for participants to: connect with regional leaders; learn how California’s natural drought, fire, flood cycle has impacted water and land-use decisions; and strategize innovative solutions to their community’s water challenges.
The workshop series occurred in three rounds: September 2019, January 2020, and June 2020. Each round addressed a different topic and included lectures and skill-based exercises to help participants frame better public policy questions and strengthen relational skills. For the first and second rounds, LGC hosted day-long, in-person workshops once in each County (San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside). In response to the COVID-19 lockdown, LGC hosted the third round workshops twice as half-day online webinars, available to all policymakers in the Watershed.
For more information and past recordings, visit the Watershed Ambassador Program website.
Community Dialogue and Feedback Sessions
The Newkirk Center for Science and Society hosted three Community Conversation Events across the Watershed as a follow-up to the Community Listening Sessions held for the ethnographic assessment:
- September 9, 2019 in Big Bear
- September 24, 2019 in Quail Valley
- October 15, 2019 in Orange County