(323) 349-0661 info@latinosforwater.org

UnTapped 2019 Final Session

June 10, 2019

June 6th and 7th marked the end of the 2019 UnTapped Fellowship for the WELLos. They visited Sacramento to meet with their State Legislators and discuss the Legislative Water Workshops project, for which they will co-sponsor, along with WELL and State officials, a one-day workshop to examine water challenges in their regions.

On Thursday June 6th, the WELLos met with State Legislators Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (AD-4), Rudy Salas (AD-32), Anthony Rendon (AD-63), Anna Caballero (SD-12), and Steve Glazer (SD-7).

They discussed the opportunity to cosponsor a local water workshop with other elected officials in their Districts to examine local water challenges and action plans. These workshops will take place in the fall and will culminate in an in-depth evaluation of regional water issues for California.


That same day, WELL hosted a graduation ceremony to honor the time and dedication the UnTapped Fellows have given to learning about water governance, challenges, science, finance, and infrastructure throughout the state. Additionally, they have developed leadership and interpersonal skills to make a lasting impact on California water policy.

During the ceremony, they welcomed guest speaker Marc Grossman from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, who spoke about the history behind organizing farm workers in California and the importance of staying in touch with affected communities when designing policy. He also mentioned parallels between the United Farm Workers’ strategies to train farmworkers in California and WELL’s efforts to educate Latino elected officials on state water issues.

The following day, WELLos embarked on a tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). They learned about the complexities behind managing such a vital water source and heard from speakers Jonas Minton, from the Planning and Conservation League; Mike Moran, Supervising Naturalist at the Big Break Regional Shoreline; as well as MWD’s Delta expert, Curt Schmutte; and Inspection Trip Manager, Al Mendez.

Congratulations, WELLos!

To learn more about the UnTapped Fellowship and apply to be part of the 2020 cohort, please visit latinosforwater.org/UnTapped.


#Latinos4Water                  #WELLos2019

Related Articles

UnTapped 2019 Session 5: Bakersfield

UnTapped in Kern County!0 Comments On May 3-4, 2019, National Chavez Center hosted the UnTapped Fellows (WELLos) in Keene, CA. The #WELLos welcomed special guests, including Paul Chavez, President of the Cesar Chavez Foundation; award-winning author and Assistant...

Careers: Summer Intern

Summer 2019 Intern Job Description About WELL Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL), established in 2012, is on a mission to educate local Latino elected officials on water policies to promote timely and equitable actions that ensure a robust economy, healthy...

UnTapped 2019 Session 4: San Jose

On April 12 and 13th, WELL’s 12 UnTapped Fellows explored important issues faced by the Northern California community, including water distribution, purification and desalination costs, water rate controls, and stormwater storage.

Read more about the WELL UnTapped trip to San Jose.

Stay Up to Date With The Latest News & Updates From WELL