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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2018      

Water Solutions Network Names Inaugural Cohort

Sacramento, CA - The Water Solutions Network announces its first cohort of leaders focused on cross-sector collaboration for California's water future. Timing is critical, because over the next ten years, California will make decisions that define our ability to manage water through extreme hydrological conditions. Now more than ever, the state needs leaders who can cross boundaries, connect resources, and choose bold action that serves California’s communities, farms, and nature. The 24 member cohort represents multiple sectors and communities across California and a variety of stakeholder groups in the water system, including farm bureaus, water districts, environmental advocacy nonprofits, and others.

The Water Solutions Network is guided by its Advisory Council, a group of recognized leaders dedicated to strengthening the experience of network participants by serving as informal mentors, sharing their experiences at network events, and connecting participants with broader professional circles.

“Climate change means that we will have to better manage prolonged dry spells and unpredictable, out of season deluges,” said Celeste Cantu, CEO of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). “Zero-sum thinking and water-policy making in silos has exacerbated the problem. The Water Solutions Network can reset the table by cultivating networks of leaders who understand that solutions to California’s water challenges must be collaborative.”

This era of water management calls for people skilled in working across sectors and with multiple stakeholders. As such, the Water Solutions Network selected leaders who embody these traits and are committed to solving California’s most pressing water management issues. The cohort will tackle issues from activating a systems-based approach to water management to pursuing an equitable water future for all Californians, and will participate in an immersive six-session leadership and network development experience.

The The Water Solutions Network is a partnership of Coro Northern California, DIG IN, and Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL), with sponsorship from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. The Water Solutions Network will continue to hold sessions for the cohort throughout California, and deliver experiences designed to enhance their policy knowledge and professional network. The Water Solutions Network will continue to share news and updates, and more information can be found at www.watersolutionsnetwork.org.

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For more information contact: Water Solutions Network Program Manager Angela Pang at apang@coronorcal.org.