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Job Training for Water Saving

The Local Government Commission, with financial support from the Employment Training Panel, is offering public and private agencies low-cost training programs to help your employees respond to California’s historic drought.

Training is being offered to employers located in the 24 counties identified by the state as most severely impacted by the drought. Trainings are designed to help local communities:

  • Reduce immediate water waste within agency operations.
  • Identify medium-term water use efficiency opportunities within each jurisdiction.
  • Promote long-term technology adoption and management practices to increase efficiency, stabilize water demand, and improve water supply reliability.

Employer Enrollment

A Certification Statement Form is required by the California Employment Training Panel to determine eligibility for enrollment in the Drought Response Training Program. Once eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a registration link from LGC with link for your employees and more information about the trainings being offered. Use the form to find out if your employer is enrolled.

Completed forms must be emailed to: Danielle Dolan ddolan@lgc.org.

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Upcoming Drought Training Events

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Past Drought Training Events

Groundwater Sustainability Training

With recent legislation going into effect in the new year, you need the background and tools to make informed decisions about sustainable groundwater management.
LGC is offering workshops for local agency staff to gain a better understanding of groundwater management in their region, impacts of recent legislation, and tools for effective stakeholder engagement.


Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Certification Class

The QWEL certification program is back for private and municipal landscape professionals in the San Joaquin Valley! The Base QWEL course is a comprehensive training on drought-tolerant landscaping, irrigation system programming and management, landscape design and maintenance, water auditing, and water efficiency financing options. Once you complete the course and pass the exam (included with registration), you will be US EPA certified WaterSense Practitioners! The training includes 20 hours of class material split over 2 1/2 days.

To view the Base QWEL Curriculum, please visit the QWEL website.

QWEL Graywater

Building on the concepts of Base QWEL, this course trains participants to plan, permit, and install graywater irrigation systems for residential and commercial landscaping. Course-work includes classroom instruction and on-site installation at a demonstration house. QWEL Graywater can be an add-on to Base QWEL or stand-alone (you do not need to be QWEL certified to take the class, but this class alone does not QWEL certify you).

To view the QWEL Graywater Curriculum, please visit the QWEL website.

Watch the Graywater Install Packet Webinar on 6-21-16:

Model Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance (MWELO) Workshop

The Local Government Commission is offering an in-depth workshop on MWELO for Northern California! The workshop will cover components of MWELO, best practices for implementation, reading landscape development plans, and strategies for working with developers for compliance. Stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing landscape of water management.

As an introduction, the pre-webinar will introduce MWELO objectives, review MWELO revisions, and discuss implementation strategies to overcome major compliance challenges. The 4-hour workshop will provide in-depth instruction on water-efficient landscaping principles and how to read landscape plans for compliance with your WELO. To finish the workshop, the post-webinar will discuss how to engage community members to embrace your WELO and give a recap on key points.

Watch the MWELO Post Webinar presented on 5-19-16:

AB 52: Native Americans; CEQA Workshops

Struggling with implementing AB 52: Native Americans; California Environmental Quality Act into your planning process? Uncertain about the expectations for formal tribal consultations according to CEQA?
LGC is here to help! Take part in our special AB 52 training, and learn:
  • Requirements, components, and timelines of AB 52,
  • Relationship between AB 52 and CEQA,
  • Consultation requirements for CEQA,
  • Folding AB 52 requirements into your internal policy & procedures
Click below for the following materials from the training: 
The 8-hour training is broken into three parts and designed to fit around your busy schedule:
  • Part 1: 2hr Webinar (Tuesday, August 2nd, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm)
  • Part 2: 2hr Webinar (Wednesday, August 3rd, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm)
  • Part 3: 4hr in-person Workshop (Thursday, August 4th, 8:30 am-12:30 pm)

WE CAN Drought Tolerant Landscaping Workshop

Did you know that demand is growing for drought tolerant landscapes in the Central Valley?  Be prepared to grow your business and learn to design, install, and secure rebates for drought tolerant landscape upgrades. Join us for a 4-part series to make yourself more attractive to customers!

From this series you will learn about:
  • Turf Removal
  • Irrigation System Design
  • Drought Tolerant Landscape Design
  • New Technology
  • How to qualify for Direct Install Rebates – We pay you directly for landscape upgrades, up to $3,000
  • And More!

Join us for a 3-part drought training workshop series:

Part 1 – Webinar: Tuesday September 20, 2016

5:00-6:30 pm

Part 2 – Webinar: Thursday September 22, 2016

5:00-6:30 pm

Part 3 – Webinar: Monday September 26th, 2016 

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Part 4 – In-person workshop: Tuesday September 27, 2016

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register Here!