Santa Ana Watershed Ambassador Program

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About the Santa Ana Watershed Ambassador Program

The Local Government Commission is hosting a workshop series to equip local policymakers in the Santa Ana River watershed with practical strategies and accessible tools to implement innovative solutions to their community’s water challenges

The Certified Watershed Ambassador Program is offered at no-cost to local government staff and officials in the Santa Ana Watershed. This three-part program will provide valuable opportunities for participants to: connect with regional leaders; learn how California’s natural drought, fire, flood cycle has impacted water and land-use decisions; and strategize innovative solutions to their community’s water challenges. Each round will address a different topic and include lectures and skill-based exercises to help participants frame better public policy questions and strengthen relational skills.

Who should attend?

Mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, county commissioners, tribal representatives, elected board members of water districts, city and/or county staff, and other civic leaders involved in water and land-use planning within the watershed.

Workshop series
Getting to Know Your Watershed
  • San Bernardino County: September 10, 2019
  • Riverside County: September 12, 2019
  • Orange County: September 16, 2019
Collaborative Planning in the Face of Uncertainty

1. Riverside County – January 15, 2020 Riverside City Hall – Mayor’s Ceremonial Room; 3900 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

2. Orange County – January 21, 2020 Donald Dungan Library – Adams Room; 1855 Park Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

3. San Bernardino County – January 22, 2020  Chino Police Department – Community Room; 5450 Guardian Way, Chino, CA 91710

Communicating the Value of Water to Your Constituents
  • San Bernardino County: April 21, 2020 (tentative) 
  • Riverside County: April 23, 2020 (tentative) 
  • Orange County: April 28, 2020 (tentative) 
Program Content

Ambassador Program for Local Policymakers

Individuals that attend all three rounds will be recognized by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) as “Santa Ana Watershed Ambassadors,” demonstrating informed leadership, a commitment to healthy and resilient communities, and dedication as a public representative of the watershed.

Round One Workshops: Getting to Know Your Watershed

September 2019

During this workshop, participants learned about the history of conflict and reconciliation in the watershed and how this relates to current integrated planning approaches. We identified key water risks and opportunities facing the region, and explored the role of historically underrepresented communities in watershed planning.

Round Two: Collaborative Planning in the Face of Uncertainty (January 2020)

During the second round of workshops, participants will dive into the complexity of California’s natural cycle of droughts, fires, and floods.

Attendees will learn best practices for water and land-use integration, with a focus on coordinated planning, multi-benefit projects, and cross-sector leadership development

Each workshop session will conclude with strategies to advance integrated planning to prepare communities to address the uncertainty of future climatic conditions.

1. Riverside County – January 15, 2020 Riverside City Hall – Mayor’s Ceremonial Room; 3900 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501

2. Orange County – January 21, 2020 Donald Dungan Library – Adams Room; 1855 Park Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

3. San Bernardino County – January 22, 2020  Chino Police Department – Community Room; 5450 Guardian Way, Chino, CA 91710

During these workshops, you will:
  1. Explore the relationship between water land-use planning as it relates to community resilience;
  2. Identify the key local agencies responsible for water and land use planning within each jurisdiction;
  3. Determine best practices for ensuring coordination in local planning processes, with a focus on collaboration techniques to engage underrepresented communities.
Riverside County – Local Host

Mayor Rusty Bailey – City of Riverside

Riverside County Guest Speakers:

Jason Uhley, General Manager, Riverside County Flood Control

Patricia Lock-Dawson, President and Owner, PLD Consulting

Rafael Guzman, Assistant City Manager, City of Riverside

Edwin Quinonez, Chief of Planning, Riverside County Flood Control

Orange County – Local Host

Council Member Arlis Reynolds – City of Costa Mesa

Orange County Guest Speakers:

Greg Woodside, Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources, Orange County Water District (OCWD)

Beatrice Musacchia, Senior Environmental Resources Specialist, County of Orange

Keith Linker, Principal Civil Engineer, City of Anaheim

San Bernardino County – Local Host

Mayor Eunice Ulloa – City of Chino

San Bernardino Guest Speakers:

Susan Longville, Division 3 Director, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Susie Kirschner, Programs Manager, Inland Empire Resource Conservation District 

Round Three: Communicating the Value of Water to Your Constituents (April 2020)

The final round of workshops will build on the skills and knowledge gained through the previous sessions to help elected leaders strategize how to most effectively communicate the value of water to their constituents and be culturally sensitive in addressing local water needs.

  1. San Bernardino County: April 21, 2020 (tentative) 
  2. Riverside County: April 23, 2020 (tentative)
  3. Orange County: April 28, 2020 (tentative)
During these workshops, you will:
  1. Explore the relationship between water land-use planning as it relates to disaster response and community resilience;
  2. Identify the key local agencies responsible for water and land use planning within each jurisdiction;
  3. Determine best practices for ensuring coordination in local planning processes, with a focus on collaboration techniques to engage underrepresented communities.
Region

Santa Ana Watershed Region

One Water One Watershed (OWOW) Program
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The “One Water One Watershed” (OWOW) Plan is the Santa Ana River Watershed’s integrated regional water management (IRWM) plan. This plan reflects a collaborative planning process that addresses all aspects of water resources in the watershed over a 20-year time horizon. A new suite of innovative approaches, lead with a water demand reduction strategy, instead of relying solely on continued imported water deliveries.

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These approaches include multi-beneficial projects and programs that are linked together for improved synergy, proactive innovative, and sustainable solutions, using regional solutions supporting local reliability and local prioritization, watershed based project and programs that effectively leverage limited resources, promote trust and produce a greater bang for the buck, and integrates water supply, water quality, recycled water, stormwater management, water use efficiency, land use, energy, climate change, habitat, and disadvantaged communities and tribes.

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Partners

This program would not be possible without our partners on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority Prop 1 Disadvantaged Communities Involvement (DCI) Program.

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Contact

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you!

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Emily Finnegan

Water Project Manager

Local Government Commission

efinnegan@lgc.org

916-448-1198 x303

Santa Ana Watershed Ambassador Certification Program

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) will offer three levels of certification for all local policymakers who attend the Watershed Ambassador Program, recognizing their informed leadership, a commitment to healthy and resilient communities, and their dedication as a public representative of the watershed.

  • Individuals who attend all three workshops will be certified as a Watershed Ambassador.
  • Individuals who attend two workshops will be certified as a Watershed Champion.
  • Individuals who attend one workshop will be certified as a Watershed Steward.