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Southern California Climate Resiliency Policy Education Initiative 2016-event-recap.pdf

Welcome California Raza, Let's Make a Difference on Clean/Reliable WATER Now and Tomorrow!

In November 2015 at WCVI's 30th Anniversary Conference at the LA River Center WCVI declared its intention to focus on Climate Adaptation as the paramount strategy ProAgua! includes community education and outreach, survey research, leadership development and advocacy! Our goal is to press our state and local officials to make it a high priority to increase the supply and access of clean, safe drinking water in California.

In June 2016 WCVI launched the Southern California Climate Resiliency Policy Education Initiative or ProAgua! in response to the long term drying climate plaguing California -the superstate characterized by an emerging Latino majority.

ProAgua! includes community education and outreach, survey research, leadership development and advocacy! The objective of ProAgua is to mobilize Latino community support for clean water production through diverse strategies. Our goal is to press our state and local officials to make it a high priority to increase the supply and access of clean, safe drinking water in California.

Latinos are overwhelming supporters of resolute climate resiliency action on water as demonstrated by two WCVI surveys in fall 2016 and spring 2017:

http://wcvi.org/files/CA-Seawater-Desalination-388-A.pdf

http://wcvi.org/data/OC-Latino-Water-issues-results-deck.pdf

ProAgua! launched in Orange County a leader in countering recurring droughts through diverse strategies for clean and efficient water use and production. Our Southern Cal Climate Resiliency effort implements our strategic vision, beginning with the "Pro-Agua!" project in Orange County whose goal is to mobilize Latino support for a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach.

ProAgua 2016 activities in OC included four public water forums in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Fullerton, and Orange, as well as numerous presentations to community groups.

On December 9, 2016 WCVI convened the CA Latino Summit on Water Policy at the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Los Angeles. The gathered leaders commented on a proposed resolution on water policy which has been endorsed by dozens of CA Latino elected officials and organizational leaders. Click the Resolution link below to read and endorse the Latino Water Policy Resolution.

California Latin@ Water Summit: A Community Response to California's 100 Year Drought

In 2017 WCVI expanded ProAgua to all Southern California with the goal of educating the community and as advocating for state and local funds for storm water capture, grou water reclamation, and desalination.

During 2017 ProAgua conducted the following:

  • Visits to Orange County Municipal Council Meetings and Latino Elected/Community leaders;
  • March 31 Tour of Carson Groundwater Reclamation Facility (10am-11:30am);
  • April 21 Latino Leadership Tour of Carlsbad Desalination Plant;
  • August 11-12 Latino Academy on Water Policy and Carlsbad Desalination Tour;
  • Launched OC Water Maker -an online and iphone app water game;
  • Petitioned for desalination in Huntington Beach in Sept;
  • Mobilized 40 speakers and supports for the hearing on desalination at the Oct 19 State Lands Board meeting in Huntington Park;

The year culminated in a mobilization in Huntington Beach where ProAgua and its allies from Hermandad Mexicana, LULAC, and Anahuak Youth Sports Association and several Orange County Latino Elected Officials massed to convince the California State Lands Commission to unanimously approve the proposed desalination plant on Oct 19!



Continue the ProAgua Movement in 2018

During 2018 ProAgua is taking on the next step on desalination approval: getting approval at the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Board during the fall.

ProAgua will also conduct educational activities to explain the proposed Storm Water Capture and Reuse June 2018 ballot measure in Los Angeles County.

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Southern California Climate Resiliency Policy Education Initiative