CV Water Counts Announces the First Class of the Water Counts Academy
News from CV Water Counts:
CV Water Counts (CVWaterCounts.com), a collaborative of the valley’s six water agencies, is accepting applications for the first class of the Water Counts Academy, beginning this November at the University of California Riverside – Palm Desert campus.
“The Water Counts Academy is designed for future and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about projects and programs related to water,” notes John Soulliere, spokesperson for CV Water Counts, and Mission Springs Water District’s Conservation and Public Affairs Officer. “We are excited to offer this comprehensive course that will cover the history, use and management of water here in the Coachella Valley,” adds Soulliere.
The class will consist of three weekday sessions, held on Wednesdays, November 1, 8 and 15 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and one final full-day session on Saturday, November 18, which will include a session, tour and graduation ceremony.
Local water and industry experts will lay out the curriculum. A UCR horticulturalist, Janet Hartin will talk about the current water use of landscape horticulture (including golf courses) in the desert. UCR professor, Amir Haghverdi will cover smart irrigation technologies.
There is no tuition/fee, and food and refreshments will be provided during the class periods.
The sessions will cover a variety of topics. Session One will include: Overview of Agencies, Groundwater Basin, Community Water Needs, and From Source to Tap. Session Two will cover: State Water Project/CA WaterFix, Colorado River, Water Quality, Recycled Water and Stormwater. Session Three will address water and Golf, Agriculture, Drought/Conservation and Water Rates. The fourth and final Session, a full day tour, will include: Whitewater Hydro, Percolation Ponds, Turf Conversion, Well Site, Reservoir, Treatment Facility, Farm, Lab, and Recycled Water.
The 2017 Water Counts Academy is limited to 30 students. Visit CVWaterCounts.com to apply. Applications are being accepted from September 15, 2017 to October 15, 2017 for the November 2017 class.