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Left to Right: Vicente Lara (EJCW), Carolina Balazs (UCD Post-Doctoral Scholar), Sergio Carranza (Pueblo Unido CDC), Colin Bailey (EJCW), Jonathan London (CRC Director), Luis Olmedo (Comite Civico del Valle)
How can California meet its obligation to respect the Human Right to Water mandate by providing clean, accessible, and affordable drinking water to the state's most disadvantaged communities? CRC post-doctoral affiliate, Dr. Carolina Balazs, recently co-led a three-day workshop on this topic with community and public agency leaders to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations on ways to enhance California's Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plans (IRWMP) to engage and benefit residents in disadvantaged communities. This event builds on collaborative research by Dr. Balazs and CRC Director, Jonathan London, with additional support from Mark Lubell, UCD Professor of Environmental Science and Planning, assessing seven IRWMP pilot projects in disadvantaged communities. This project is funded through the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Water Policy Center and will result in a range of academic and policy-oriented publications over the next year. The project is also linked to the CRC's collaborative work, led by CRC Geographic Information Systems Analyst Sara Watterson, to develop a series of maps for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water's IRWMP pilot project on disadvantaged communities in Santa Cruz County.