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.
Who should attend?
Elected Officials such as Mayors, City Council members, County Supervisors, City Managers, County Commissioners, as well as Tribal Representatives, Elected Board Members of water districts, City and/or county staff, and other civic leaders interested in water and land-use planning within the watershed.
Workshop One: Getting to know the Santa Ana Watershed
During the first full-day workshop, participants will learn about the history of conflict and reconciliation in the watershed and how this relates to current integrated planning approaches. We will also identify key water risks and opportunities facing the region, and explore the role of historically underrepresented communities in future watershed planning.
9:00 AM Optional Breakfast
9:30 AM Welcome
9:45 AM Setting the Scene: Local Governments a Watershed Ambassadors
10:45 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM The Story of the Santa Ana Watershed: How We Got to Where We are Today
12:00 PM Catered Lunch + Networking Hour
1:00 PM One Water, One Watershed: Integrated Regional Water Management 101
2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM Taking Action: Connecting Jurisdictional Needs and Watershed Management
3:45 PM Closing Group Reflections
4:00 PM Adjourn
Attend the workshop date that works for you!
San Bernardino County – September 10, 2019
Riverside County – September 12, 2019
Orange County – September 16, 2019
About the Santa Ana Watershed Ambassador Certification Program: The workshop series will occur in three rounds – September 2019, January 2020, and April 2020. 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. 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.