Upcoming Events

Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement (DACTI) Summit: Ensuring Equitable Involvement in Regional Water Planning

Local Government Commission, the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, and the California Department of Water Resources are organizing 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 will highlight best practices and resources developed through this program, and elevate how lessons learned from IRWM underrepresented community engagement can be shared across other water planning efforts. The summit will occur on October 8th, 13th, and 14th, 2020, and will be virtual webinars from 8:30am to 1pm each day. More details will be forthcoming.

Water Agency Education

California Rural Water Association is planning to host water agency operator trainings for employees of under-resourced water systems to obtain certification for maintaining water infrastructure in their communities.

Details including locations and times are forthcoming.

Community Water Education

Community water education events will be held throughout the Watershed to communicate the findings of the Community Water Ethnography Strengths and Needs Report.

Details including locations and times are forthcoming.

Past Events

Watershed Ambassador Program for Local Policymakers

The Local Government Commission is hosting a workshop series to equip local policymakers in the Santa Ana River watershed with practical strategies and accessible tools to implement innovative solutions to their community’s water challenges.

The Certified Watershed Ambassador Program is offered at no-cost to local government staff and officials in the Santa Ana Watershed. This three-part program will provide 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 round, LGC hosted a day-long, in-person workshop 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.

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