[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | CSU to Provide Water Management Assistance to Disadvantaged Communities | 01-11-2017
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
42°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
February 25
1936 - U.S. release of Charles Chaplin film "Modern Times," partially shot in SCV [story]


File

The State Water Resources Control Board has awarded the California State University $2.3 million to support the university’s effort to help California’s underserved and disadvantaged communities manage their water more effectively.

The funding will help to establish a statewide Disadvantaged Communities Center, which will bring students and faculty experts together to provide water management assistance to the state’s most vulnerable communities. The program will help California’s underserved communities to become sustainable in ongoing drought conditions while offering experiential learning opportunities for students.

The center will operate under the CSU Chancellor’s Office charter for the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI), which leverages the expertise of about 250 researchers from throughout the CSU to help solve the state’s complex water issues.

The State Water Board will be identifying disadvantaged communities in need of assistance and assigning them to the center, which will work with local campuses, environmental justice groups and subcontractors to develop solutions to their individual needs.

“These needs range from septic to sewer line hookups to identifying and evaluating solutions to contaminated groundwater supplies,” said WRPI Director Boykin Witherspoon. “When water experts from local CSU campuses collaborate with community leaders, we can develop solutions to these and other water management problems and improve the lives of thousands of Californians during our current drought and well into the future.”

Students and faculty from many different departments including social sciences, public administration, engineering, economics and accounting will also be lending their expertise. The multi-disciplinary approach allows for technical assistance across the life cycle of a project by helping communities manage associated duties including grant writing, pre-engineering, construction, equipment maintenance, economic analysis and audit preparation.

A portion of the three-year grant, part of California’s Proposition 1 State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Bond Technical Assistance Funding Program, will fund paid internships for students.

“Many of our students come from the very communities this new center is designed to serve,” said Witherspoon. “The opportunity to train the next generation of water leaders to be empowered to return to their communities and help develop long-term, sustainable solutions to water and energy needs of these communities is unprecedented.”

The Disadvantaged Communities Center is currently assisting communities in California and is prepared to work with them and others for years to help ensure proposed solutions are more sustainable through stable governance and improved community outreach.

The center is located on the campus of CSU San Bernardino, which also houses WRPI. Through WRPI, the CSU is changing the way California manages water. Since the group was created in 2008, it has spearheaded a number of grants and initiatives aimed at educating California’s future water professionals, expanding industry and university partnerships, and advancing water technology.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    LOCAL SCHOOL LINKS
    Related Content
    LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
    Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that annual Advanced Placement® (AP) results released today show that the number of California public high school graduates taking and demonstrating success in AP courses continues to climb.
    Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
    Fifth graders from Castaic Elementary School, Live Oak Elementary, Germain Charter Academy, Plum Canyon Elementary, and Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary are attending the Blue Ribbon Children's Festival at the Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.
    Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
    The Saugus Union School District Measure EE Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Caulfield Room at the SUSD District Office. Agenda topics include approval of minutes, a hearing session and a Measure EE update from staff.
    Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) announced that applications for the California Dream Act are down significantly and urged all eligible students to apply for the program, which allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college.
    Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
    REGULAR MEETING of the GOVERNING BOARD Sulphur Springs Union SD February 22, 2017 7:00PM Sulphur Springs Union School District District Administrative Offices 27000 Weyerhaeuser Way Santa Clarita, CA 91351 661-252-5131
    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    -->
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1936 - U.S. release of Charles Chaplin film "Modern Times," partially shot in SCV [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, LASD announces the Inaugural Trail Ride benefiting local youth. Plus, make sure to get your vote by mail ballot before the March election. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Friday, February 24, 2017
    Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley is currently offering sponsorship opportunities as well as individual tickets for its 2017 LUNAFEST,®, a festival of short films by, for and about women.
    Zonta Offers Sponsorships,Tickets for 2017 LUNAFEST
    Twenty-one outstanding community volunteers have been nominated by local non-profit organizations to be honored at the annual Women in Service Celebration sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley.
    21 Nominated for Zonta’s Women in Service Celebration
    In support of Augie's Quest, LA Fitness announced plans to host its seventh annual in-club event, Action for ALS, across the company's over 690 locations on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Augie's Quest is a nonprofit research initiative dedicated to finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
    LA Fitness Supports Augie’s Quest, Research for ALS Cure
    Princess Cruises, the top North American cruise line in Japan, today announced its longest Japan cruise season yet with an array of voyages from Tokyo and Kobe in 2018 that circumnavigate the country, visiting top-rated cultural ports.
    Princess Cruises Unveils 2018 Japan Cruise, Cruisetour
    Everyone is invited to Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship to see Pastor Harper, his wife Cecile and congregation of SCCF honor Bishop Henry Hearns, author of "How Odds Even Through Grace," former Chief of Environmental Planning for Edwards Air Force Base, and the first African American mayor of Lancaster.
    Feb. 26: SCCF to Honor Revered Engineer, Mayor, Author Bishop Hearns
    Seniors who have saved up for years to take a vacation abroad could arrive at their dream destination only to find that they have been conned.
    Fraud Friday: Watch Out for Tourist Visa Scams
    Join Providence Holy Cross Foundation at Six Flags Magic Mountain for A Day in the Park and Picnic on Saturday, March 18.
    March 18: Join Providence for A Day in the Park and Picnic at Magic Mountain
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Inaugural Trail Ride will be honoring Sergeant Steve Owen, who was killed in the line of duty in early October 2016, on Saturday, April 29 in Castaic.
    April 29: LASD Inaugural Trail Ride to Honor Sgt. Steve Owen
    Shakti Fest returns for its seventh season, this year on Mother’s Day weekend itself: May 12 to 14 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, in Joshua Tree, CA.
    May 12-14: Shakti Fest in Joshua Tree National Park
    Stevenson Ranch Crime Report: Week of 02/13/17- 02/18/17
    Crime Blotter: Petty Thefts in Stevenson Ranch
    JAM session, 10 by 10, SENSES, Revved Up, more.
    Upcoming Arts & Culture Events for March
    The County Interim Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Feb. 25-28: Cold Weather Alert Issued for SFV, Mountains, AV
    1956 - Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray born in Los Angeles; later SCV resident & car dealer [story]
    Over the next eight years, the company plans to move approximately 650 positions from its Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., to other Lockheed Martin locations in the U.S.
    Lockheed Martin to Move Missile Program Out of California
    Hart High soccer faced off against Desert Mirage Wednesday afternoon, leading Desert Mirage to a 2-1 win and sending them to the next round of CIF Southern Section Playoffs.
    Desert Mirage Beats Hart High 2-1
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, local supporters of Measure H rallied for the measure at Bridge to Home. Plus, a new art exhibit is headed to the First Floor Gallery at City Hall. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, February 23, 2017
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that annual Advanced Placement® (AP) results released today show that the number of California public high school graduates taking and demonstrating success in AP courses continues to climb.
    California AP Students Test Scores Continue to Improve
    Santa Clarita Water (SCWD), a division of Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA), received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Operating Budget Excellence Award for its FY 2016/17 Budget.
    SCWD Earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
    Hosted by Agua Dulce Town Council/Acton Town Council/Pacific Legal Foundation Community Meeting: Private Property and Water Rights
    March 2: Agua Dulce, Acton Leaders Host Meeting About Water Rights
    Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan reminds L.A. County voters to request a Vote by Mail ballot by Tuesday, February 28th for the March 7th Election.
    Feb. 28: Deadline to Request Vote by Mail Ballots
    A public reception celebrating the art exhibit “It’s All in the Numbers,” will be held in the First Floor Gallery at City Hall on Saturday, March 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Residents are invited to join the Santa Clarita City Council, City of Santa Clarita’s Arts Commission and Arts and Events division for light appetizers, entertainment and a chance to mingle with the artists. The First Floor Gallery at City Hall is located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard.
    March 4: City Art Exhibit ‘It’s All in the Numbers’ Opens
    Oswaldo Rafael Cabrera, owner and operator of immigration services business Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional (CLI), was sentenced to prison for five years and two months for defrauding immigrants.
    Fake Immigration Attorney gets Five-Year Prison Sentence Following DCBA, A.G. Investigation
    Spring is in the air at the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Gift Shop. The Santa Clarita Valley community is invited to attend a Spring Boutique on Tuesday, March 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in front of the main hospital building entrance, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia.
    March 7: Spring Boutique Blooms at Henry Mayo Gift Shop on March 7
    On February 23, 2017, at the conclusion of the Board of Equalization (BOE) February Board Hearing in Culver City, Member Diane Harkey became the new Chairwoman and Member George Runner became Vice Chair.
    Harkey to Chair CA State Tax Board & Join Franchise Tax Board
    President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769 — which limits entry to the United States for all refugees and individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries — has been legally challenged. What does this mean for the U.S., its citizens and visitors to the country, including students?
    CSUN Panel to Explore President Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’
    Santa Clarita Water (SCWD), a division of Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA), received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) Operating Budget Excellence Award for its FY 2016/17 Budget.
    Santa Clarita Water Receives GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
    In a continued effort to reduce college costs, College of the Canyons will launch the First Year Promise (FYP) program, a pathway that will provide increased opportunities for new full-time college students to achieve their educational goals, through a $667,000 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).
    COC Receives $667,000 Grant to Cut Students’ College Costs
    Thursday, Senate leadership unveiled the Preserve California legislative package to insulate the state from dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections.
    State Lawmakers Pushing Environmental, Whistleblower Protections
    There is no way you can provide the balanced diet the animals will find in the wild, so do not try to feed any wildlife - even if they look sooo cute.
    Animal Rescuing | Commentary by Evelyne Vandersande
    1998 - Worst day of record-setting 1997-98 El Nino storm season [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, L.A County Fire Air Ops rescued a stranded hiker Wednesday morning . Plus, have you seen Katy Perry's newest music video? You might notice a familiar place. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Fifth graders from Castaic Elementary School, Live Oak Elementary, Germain Charter Academy, Plum Canyon Elementary, and Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary are attending the Blue Ribbon Children's Festival at the Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.
    Fifth Graders from SCV Schools Heading to Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival
    Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations located and rescued an adult male trapped on a cliff in Placerita Canyon Natural Area late in the night on Wednesday.
    Man Rescued in Placerita Canyon Natural Area
    The Saugus Union School District Measure EE Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Caulfield Room at the SUSD District Office. Agenda topics include approval of minutes, a hearing session and a Measure EE update from staff.
    Feb. 23: SUSD Measure EE Oversight Meeting