Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) received a $50,000 grant this week from the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) 2016 Environmental Justice Small Grants program to promote safe water consumption in Merced County communities.
California currently has 7,642 water systems, 63 percent of which have 200 or fewer connections. Sen. Bob Wieckowski has introduced Senate Bill 1263 to require applicants to coordinate efforts with nearby water agencies before creating a new agency.
RCAC is looking for enthusiastic applicants with water and wastewater experience to work with California communities. Safe drinking water and properly managed wastewater systems are critical to communities’ health, safety and economic stability.
California’s groundwater, researchers say, is more plentiful than they thought. The water had eluded them because they weren’t searching deep enough, according to an assessment published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It has been nearly a year since a massive wildfire burned through Middletown in Lake County, California, enough time it would seem for some rebuilding and renewal. But the breadth of the devastation in this rugged area, says John Hamner, Callayomi County Water District (CCWD) general manager, has left seemingly irreversible scars.