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January 29, 2015   
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Future and Emerging Civic Leaders Sought for Citizens Water Academy
Survey Finds Weakening Snowpack
Register Now for WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series
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Future and Emerging Civic Leaders Sought for Citizens Water Academy  

Class series provides in-depth look at regional water issues; applications due Feb. 18  

With water issues continuing to dominate the news, the Water Authority is accepting applications for a unique program that allows future and emerging civic leaders to learn more about efforts to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the San Diego region.

Participants in the spring 2015 session of the Citizens Water Academy will get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Water Authority helps to protect the region's economy and quality of life through its plans, operations and programs, along with information about regional drought response efforts. The academy also will include a tour of world-class water facilities such as the Carlsbad Desalination Project, and participants will have the opportunity to interact with Water Authority executives.



The deadline to apply for the next session of the Citizens Water Academy is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18. The spring series class dates are as follows:

  • March 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • March 11, 5 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • March 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (includes tour)


Applicants must commit to attend all sessions. The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed.


To apply or to nominate someone for the academy, go to www.sdcwa.org/citizens-water-academy.   


Note: The Water Authority keeps an interest list for future academies. People who are interested but cannot attend in March should submit an application and ask to be notified when additional sessions are announced.  

Second Snow Survey Finds
Weakening Snowpack     


The second manual snow survey of the winter, completed today by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), found the state's snow water equivalent was just 25 percent of average for this time of year -- down from 50 percent on Dec. 30.

In normal years, Sierra Nevada snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California's water needs as it melts in the spring and early summer. The greater the snowpack water content, the greater the likelihood California's reservoirs will receive ample runoff to meet the state's water demand in the summer and fall. Today's snow survey indicated it is becoming less likely the state will receive enough rain and snow this winter to break the current drought.

For more information about DWR's snow surveys, go to www.water.ca.gov.

Go to whenindrought.org for information about drought conditions and local water-use restrictions across San Diego County, along with links to water conservation resources.

Register Now for WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series    

Free classes offered to help residents
switch to low-water-use landscaping


The Water Authority and its member agencies offer WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series classes to provide homeowners with a comprehensive overview and basic hands-on skills necessary to turn a traditional lawn into a beautiful climate-appropriate landscape.

The free series includes four classes. Upon completion, participants have an actionable landscape makeover plan. Class topics include performing a landscape analysis, removing turf, selecting WaterSmart plants, and learning irrigation components and best practices.


Classes are offered countywide through May. Participants must commit to attend all four classes and a pre-class assessment at their home.


Registration is still open for the class series beginning Feb. 21 at Southwestern College. Click here to apply. For the full schedule, click here

The San Diego County Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe and reliable water supply to support the region's $206 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.