Cumulative Impacts and Sustainable Solutions for Central Valley Water, Year 2

Year Two: Cumulative Impacts and Sustainable Solutions for Central Valley Water

Grant Type: 

  • Leadership Program

Fellows: 

Award Date: 

January 2013

Amount: 

$20,000

Location: 

Visalia, CA

The Community Water Center (CWC) received a second year of Switzer funding for Dr. Carolina Balazs's position as Research Scientist.  Carolina is developing short- and long-term research projects for CWC that will inform its advocacy efforts for clean drinking water and public health in California's San Joaquin Valley.  Carolina contributes critical scientific and technical expertise to CWC, developing fact sheets for media and policy makers, collecting data for policy papers, and developing important research collaborations.  Carolina's work in the coming year will focus on two high profile state-funded regional projects in which CWC is developing solutions for drinking water issues, providing scientific evaluation of CWC's proposed solutions.  Through these two projects, CWC is a key player in a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder initiative to create a new way of solving the drinking water crisis in California's agricultural communities which suffer disproportionately from a lack of clean drinking water.

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