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San Joaquin Valley parents, teachers, health advocates press state to suspend chlorpyrifos

Health advocates from the San Joaquin Valley called on the Central Regional Office (CRO) of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to urge the State to suspend agricultural use of brain-harming chlorpyrifos. The November 1st rally was led by members of Tulare County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (CAPS) and the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN) outside DPR’s Central Regional Office in Clovis…

How Water Agencies Are Tackling Inequity

Millions of Americans lack safe, affordable drinking water. But more water agencies are developing equitable and inclusive approaches to water management, says the U.S. Water Alliance’s Radhika Fox…

New California Groundwater Sustainability Guide Bridges Gap Between Technical Experts and Community Members

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new guide for nonexperts to better understand the science and political processes behind groundwater management. The guide is called Getting Involved in Groundwater; A Guide to California’s Groundwater Sustainability Plans and is available in English and Spanish…

Rep. Raul Ruiz backs bill strengthening environmental protections for low-income communities

Democratic members of Congress are supporting a bill that aims to strengthen environmental protections for low-income communities and would enable people who are disproportionately affected by pollution to sue under the Civil Rights Act. Rep. Raul Ruiz of La Quinta and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker introduced the bill this week, saying it represents a major step toward addressing environmental injustices…

It’s about time. Neglected west Fresno gets $38m boost in education, retail, green energy

Thanks to our hard work and diligence, and in partnership with many agencies and groups like Fresno Building Healthy Communities and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, more than $38 million will be used to transform southwest Fresno and finally connect our neighborhood with Chinatown, downtown Fresno and the rest of the city…

Small Communities Can’t Solve Toxic Water Problems Without Help

Millions of California residents have tap water that doesn’t meet safe drinking water standards, but an NBC Bay Area investigation found significant obstacles stand in the way of cleaning it up…

2017 Legislative Wins and looking forward!

As we have shared before, CWC’s top legislative priority is SB 623 which would create a new Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to ensure all California communities and those on domestic wells can have access to safe drinking water…

Fresno’s Poorest Neighborhoods Give City a Plan for $35 Million in State Funds

On Oct. 4, residents like Moreno wrapped up a participatory budgeting process on how to spend more than $37 million in state funds to improve environmental conditions and job prospects in Southwest Fresno. About 125 Southwest Fresno residents voted that the money, which was allocated to the city as part of California’s Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program, should go toward 25 local projects that would create (pending City Council approval) community gardens, new parks, better sidewalks and a community college — the first higher education space to call 93706 home….

Clean Energy Investments Act is signed into law

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed AB 523, the Equity in Clean Energy Investments Act, which was authored by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino)…

Volunteer Canvassers Needed October 28th!

This month, CWC will be talking with thousands of Tulare County voters about their water. We’ll be inviting them to join us at an upcoming community meeting to learn more and get involved in the movement for water justice…