Santa Ana Watershed Ambassador Program

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Ambassador Program for Local Policymakers

The Santa Ana Watershed Projet 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.

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 dove into the complexity of California’s natural cycle of droughts, fires, and floods. Attendees learned 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 concluded with strategies to advance integrated planning to prepare communities to address the uncertainty of future climatic conditions.

Round Three: Communicating the Value of Water to Your Constituents

We are happy to announce that the final round of the Santa Ana Watershed Ambassador workshop series will be delivered virtually. Choose between two dates: June 2, 2020 or June 4, 2020.

Both workshops will be open to participants from all jurisdictions within the Santa Ana River watershed.

June 2020

The final round of workshops built 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. The third round workshop elevated cross-jurisdictional collaboration to promote effective communication within and across communities.