Strengths and Needs Assessment: The proposal includes the development of a Strength and Needs Assessment which will be completed through the engagement of local water managers and community members including tribal communities. Educational material will be developed and made available to the community. The education material will include translational services, general water education, and a campaign to inform the public to trust their tap water. Technical assistance and project development will be available for projects, plans, and programs that are identified through engagement and outreach activities of the capacity building.
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
The Strengths and Needs Assessment program element will gather a broad understanding of strengths and needs of watershed communities and ensure that the insights of community members are honored. The activities of this effort focus on listening and learning.
The Engagement / Education program element will build a bridge of familiarity between water stakeholders and community members. Water managers and interested partners will learn about the communities of the watershed and the strengths and needs of those communities. The communities will learn about the water management process and how their participation can bring needed change to their communities. And, through facilitated events where learning, networking, and engagement are core principles, the social fabric of the watershed will be strengthened to benefit water governance and community resilience.
The Project Development program element will ensure that solutions to previously documented needs are being advanced, and that newly discovered needs have solutions identified and given every opportunity to achieve future implementation funding. This effort will provide the summation of the work of the DACI Program to the OWOW Plan Update 2018. Documenting the findings, lessons learned, and next steps of the DACI Program, the region will have a road-map to successfully staying engaged and continuing to meet the needs of the members of overburdened and underrepresented communities.
Water Management, Technical Assistance
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):