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Developing leaders who will help solve California’s water challenges

A conversation with Victor Griego, founder of Water Education for Latino Leaders

At the Water Foundation, we build bridges among diverse leaders and catalyze powerful partnerships to get things done while helping shape these collaborations into lasting networks. Victor Griego, founder of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) is focused on educating and developing those leaders who will help solve California’s water challenges. Elizabeth Soderstrom, the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships officer, recently spoke with Victor about California’s future water leaders.

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Water, the Bay, and 7 million people

Bay Area Council's Adrian Covert talks the business side of water conservation

Most urban businesses don’t have to worry about high water costs—it’s just not a huge part of their bottom line. That fact has enabled members of the Bay Area Council to engage in the sustainable water management conversation in an innovative way. Elizabeth Soderstrom, the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships officer, recently talked with Adrian Covert, vice president of public policy for the Bay Area Council, about opportunities for the business community in advocating for improved storm water capture, creating viable water markets, and how smart land use planning can result in significant water conservation.

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At the Intersection

Luis Olmedo of Comite Civico talks air, water and environmental justice

For the last 30 years, Comite Civico del Valle has been advocating to improve air quality and public health in Imperial County. Luis Olmedo, executive director of Comite Civico, talked with the Water Foundation’s strategic partnerships officer, Elizabeth Soderstrom, about the tools Comite Civico has employed to clean up the air in their community and why their sights are now trained on improving water quality in Imperial County.

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A More Resilient and Reliable Water Future

Water experts and business leaders applaud California’s new water conservation plan.

SACRAMENTO— Water experts and business leaders across the state today are praising the release of California’s new plan to create a more resilient and reliable water future, “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.” In January 36 scientists from throughout California wrote a letter to Governor Jerry Brown applauding the governor’s leadership and urging common sense steps to increase the reliability of the state’s water supply. The Water Foundation issued the following statements,

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The End of the California Drought

Water Foundation Statement

SACRAMENTO—Water Foundation Chief Executive Officer Wade Crowfoot released the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to lift the drought emergency:

“This drought devastated communities and natural places across California, so the Governor’s announcement after a wet winter is a very welcome milestone.

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A New Paradigm

American Rivers' John Cain talks flood management in California

Elizabeth Soderstrom, Water Foundation Strategic Partnerships Officer, sat down with John Cain, conservation director for California floodplain management for American Rivers, to talk about their work on river management. After a winter of heavy rains and flooding, Elizabeth and John discussed a new paradigm for flood management in California and how that can be integrated with groundwater recharge, river and habitat restoration, and greater protection from floods for our communities.

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