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).
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.
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.
Each year, the Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) Annual Conference brings together California’s mayors, city council members, county supervisors, school board members and water district directors to share resources and best practices on water management and environmental justice advocacy. The 7th Annual WELL Annual Conference, held on March 28-29th, welcomed 130 guests aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach to explore the theme: Water Resiliency in a Changing Climate – Leaving No One Behind.
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