(WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – June 23, 2022) The Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have launched the 2022 Water Leadership Institute for communities in the Tule Sub-Basin in Tulare and Kern Counties to acquire skills and knowledge to make informed, innovative and equitable water decisions.
The Institute seeks to empower underrepresented and disadvantaged communities to participate more effectively in local groundwater management and water decision-making. Such community involvement is critical as California’s groundwater-dependent regions finalize plans to manage their groundwater supplies more sustainably to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Through a series of 10 free training sessions beginning in August, the Institute will help participants develop their leadership skills and ability to engage more effectively in water-related decision-making and develop solutions. fair. Participants will explore topics such as local history and vision, water laws and water board management, leadership styles, strategic planning, communication and storytelling.
“Water scarcity is a community problem that needs new teams of leaders and activists to solve it. The Leadership Institute is a great place to develop leadership skills and gain deep water knowledge to take a more active role in addressing water scarcity issues and building a better future for your community” , said Joseph Gallegos, a 2021 graduate of the Water Leadership Institute and business leader.
The Water Leadership Institute 2022 will run from August 6 to October 22, 2022, with eight online sessions and two in-person sessions on Saturday. Experience in water management or leadership is not a prerequisite; all that is required is a commitment to fully participate in all sessions and a strong motivation to serve the community. Residents of the Tule River Reserve and communities in the Tule sub-basin are encouraged to attend, including but not limited to Angiola, Allensworth, Alpaugh, Ducor, Earlimart, East Porterville, Pixley, Poplar , Porterville, Quality, Richgrove, Rodriguez Camp, Teviston, Terra Bella, Tipton and Woodville.
Participants will receive a meal allowance for each session.
Residents, community leaders, water managers and other stakeholders interested in participating in the Water Leadership Institute should apply by July 25, 2022 at www.edf.org/waterleadership or www.edf.org/agualiderazgo.