Últimas noticias - California Water Service https://www.calwater.com Martes 23 de abril de 2019, 22:41:20 +0000 ing.-EE.UU. por hora 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Comienza la renovación de la infraestructura de agua en Redondo Beach https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0419-redondo-beach-main/ Viernes 19 de abril de 2019, 18:15:40 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6549 Cal Water will begin a water main upgrade in the El Nido neighborhood of Redondo Beach that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency while also enhancing fire protection in the area. The installation, which begins Monday and will take approximately eight weeks to complete, includes the installation of 5,400 feet of new 12-inch…

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NoticiasCal Water will begin a water main upgrade in the El Nido neighborhood of Redondo Beach that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency while also enhancing fire protection in the area.

The installation, which begins Monday and will take approximately eight weeks to complete, includes the installation of 5,400 feet of new 12-inch ductile-iron water main on Inglewood Avenue, from 190th Street North to Artesia Boulevard, to replace aging main along this street. The utility will also replace six fire hydrants and eight service connections.

"This water infrastructure upgrade will ensure we can deliver a reliable supply of safe, high-quality water to Redondo Beach residents and businesses for their everyday needs, as well as a sufficient supply for firefighters to protect our community in an emergency," said District Manager Dan Armendariz. "This project is just one part of our proactive investment in the water system infrastructure so we can keep providing quality, service, and value to our customers, both now and for years to come."

Construction will be performed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction. After construction has been completed, Cal Water will conduct water quality tests and tie all individual water services to the new main after test results confirm the water is safe to drink. All streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction will be restored to as close to the previous condition as possible.

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Jeremiah Mecham fue seleccionado como gerente de distrito para el área de servicio de Stockton https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0404-stk-mecham/ Jueves 04 de abril de 2019, 19:14:00 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6541 Cal Water announced today that it has selected Jeremiah Mecham to lead the utility's Stockton District as its new District Manager. Mecham succeeds John Freeman, who is now heading operations for Cal Water's Livermore District. Mecham, who has worked in the water industry for 18 years, has extensive hands-on knowledge of water distribution, operations, and…

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NoticiasCal Water announced today that it has selected Jeremiah Mecham to lead the utility's Stockton District as its new District Manager. Mecham succeeds John Freeman, who is now heading operations for Cal Water's Livermore District.

Mecham, who has worked in the water industry for 18 years, has extensive hands-on knowledge of water distribution, operations, and treatment systems. He started with California Water's sister utility in New Mexico two years ago as the General Manager of New Mexico Water Service (New Mexico Water). Prior to joining New Mexico Water, Mecham was the Water Plant Operations Superintendent at EPCOR Water and Project Director at CH2M.

Mecham holds Water Distribution Grade Four, Water Treatment Grade Four, Wastewater Treatment Grade Four, and Wastewater Collections Grade Four certifications in Arizona and New Mexico. He also has a degree in industrial water/wastewater treatment.

“Jeremiah's strong technical background and hands-on operations experience will serve the residents and businesses of Stockton well into the future,” said Cal Water Director of Operations Mike Jones. “He will ensure that Cal Water continues to provide the quality, service, and value our customers expect and deserve, both for their everyday and emergency needs.”

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Cal Water recibe el premio de Proyecto de agua destacado de la American Society of Civil Engineers https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0401-project-award/ Lunes 01 de abril de 2019, 20:43:53 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6538 The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9 awarded Cal Water the "Outstanding Water Project" award for its 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) treatment and compliance project at the ASCE Region 9 banquet Friday evening, March 29. The utility previously accepted "Water Project of the Year" awards by ASCE's Los Angeles Section and San Joaquin Branch; Region…

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Cal Water Receives Outstanding Water Project AwardThe American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9 awarded Cal Water the "Outstanding Water Project" award for its 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) treatment and compliance project at the ASCE Region 9 banquet Friday evening, March 29. The utility previously accepted "Water Project of the Year" awards by ASCE's Los Angeles Section and San Joaquin Branch; Region 9, which encompasses all of California, is one of 10 regions that cover the world.

Before a standard was ever set for TCP, Cal Water began efforts to prepare to treat the water supply in anticipation of an eventual regulation. After the State of California determined in July 2017 that a water quality standard for TCP would be set at 5 parts per trillion, Cal Water needed to install treatment at 36 impacted well sites in its Central Valley districts before the compliance monitoring deadline of January 2018. The timeline gave the utility six months to ensure the drinking water delivered to more than 450,000 people met the new state standard.

The standard became effective in December 2017; however, because the utility had already been actively monitoring its groundwater supplies, researching best available treatment technologies, designing and permitting treatment facilities, and securing equipment suppliers and contractors to construct and install treatment ahead of the regulation being set, Cal Water was able to install granular-activated carbon treatment at 21 well sites with the highest TCP concentrations in Bakersfield, Selma, and Visalia and begin monitoring one month later, by the January 2018 deadline. The remaining 15 impacted well sites were taken offline until treatment was installed by summer 2018. While a significant amount of work needed to be completed simultaneously across many sites spanning three counties, the project still came in under budget and on schedule, according to Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO.

"Protecting our customers' health and safety is our highest priority, so we proactively monitor and respond to changes both in water quality technology and in state and federal standards, to ensure our customers continue to receive safe, high-quality water," Kropelnicki said. "We are pleased to be recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers' statewide region for our efforts to continue providing quality, service, and value to our customers, and I want to congratulate the Cal Water team for its outstanding work on this critical water quality project."

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La clase de cuarto grado de Chico es la ganadora del premio mayor del Desafío H2O 2019 https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0328-h2o-challenge-winner/ Jueves 28 de marzo de 2019, 20:58:29 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6531 From Ashes of Camp Fire, Resilient Sierra View Elementary Students Planted Seeds of Hope Emily Akimoto's fourth-grade students from Sierra View Elementary School (Chico, Calif.) learned today that their project to restore their ecosystem and community after the Camp Fire won the 2019 Cal Water H2O Challenge. The grand prize includes a $3,500 grant for…

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From Ashes of Camp Fire, Resilient Sierra View Elementary Students Planted Seeds of Hope

2018 H2O Challenge winnersEmily Akimoto's fourth-grade students from Sierra View Elementary School (Chico, Calif.) learned today that their project to restore their ecosystem and community after the Camp Fire won the 2019 Cal Water H2O Challenge. The grand prize includes a $3,500 grant for the classroom and a tent-camping trip for all class students to Yosemite National Park in partnership with NatureBridge, an environmental science education program.

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a collaboration between Cal Water and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) that asks students to solve a local or global water issue. The annual competition is open to fourth- through sixth-grade students and teachers in schools served by Cal Water.

Akimoto's students felt a call-to-action after the Camp Fire, California's most destructive fire in recorded history, devastated parts of the Chico community and entire neighboring towns including Paradise, Calif. The students changed their initial competition project to "Protecting Paradise" to reflect their desire to help the community. This project included researching and testing local watersheds, installing wattles and plants to preserve Butte Creek, and creating pamphlets to inform the Paradise community how to effectively rebuild. The impact: cleaner water, fresh greenery, an informed community, and an outlet for student growth and recovery.

This is Akimoto's second time winning the Cal Water H2O Challenge (her class was the grand-prize winner in 2017), but this year's project was even more impactful. "Never has a project brought so many tears, taught so much resilience, or promoted so much healing. It is what we all needed," Akimoto said.

"The winners of this year's Cal Water H2O Challenge are remarkable," said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Cal Water President and CEO. "The Camp Fire impacted our customers, employees, and neighboring communities in a way that we haven't seen in the 90 years we've been providing water service. Seeing these students' dedication to their community gives me great hope for future generations."

"What is even more remarkable is that Ms. Akimoto is a repeat winner with one of her classes in this statewide competition," Kropelnicki added. "We applaud her ongoing commitment to tackling and helping solve important water issues."

According to Christiane Maertens, NAAEE H2O Challenge Program Director, classrooms like this support NAAEE's National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education goals. "Ms. Akimoto and her fourth-graders are a powerful example of how teachers and students can feel empowered after a major tragedy and create real-world solutions by understanding their community and environment, and take action," said Maertens.

By integrating water-efficiency, educational programs, and school curriculum, NAAEE and Cal Water's partnership positively impacts California's environment. The partnership has brought STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and NGSS (Next-Generation Science Standards) into the classroom to equip students with the skills they need to succeed. This format helps students intellectually and emotionally, because, as Akimoto said, "My students needed control, and knowledge could give that to them."

Other Cal Water H2O Challenge winners are:

2nd place: Rachel Lenix's sixth-grade class from Downtown Elementary in Bakersfield, Calif., developed strategies to collect rain water for an edible garden in their school. The produce collected from the garden will be served in the school's cafeteria. Esta clase ganó una subvención de $2,500 para el aula con una fiesta de pizza y un paquete de premios de Cal Water para cada estudiante de la clase.

3rd place: Mike Buckley's fifth-grade class from Murdock Elementary in Chico, Calif., monitored their school's water usage to learn how to reduce their reliance on groundwater. The students then created a garden that relies solely on rainwater. Estos ganadores recibieron una subvención de $2,000 para el aula más un paquete de premios de Cal Water para cada estudiante.

4th place: Keri Wohlford's fifth-/sixth-grade class from Robert Hill Lane Elementary in Monterey Park, Calif., revived their school garden by planting a water conservation garden and educating their peers and community on water conservation. The class received a $1,000 grant and Cal Water prize pack for each student in the class.

5th place: Kristen Thomas' fourth-/fifth-grade class from Little Chico Creek Elementary in Chico, Calif., tested the water quality of Little Chico Creek and educated the community on how to take care of the creek. The class received a $500 grant and Cal Water prize pack for each student in the class.

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Los estudiantes del sexto grado de la escuela primaria Downtown obtienen el segundo lugar en el Desafío H2O de Cal Water https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0327-h2o-challenge-second-place/ Miércoles 27 de marzo de 2019, 19:04:49 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6528 Thirty-three students from Rachel Lenix's sixth-grade class at Downtown Elementary in Bakersfield, Calif., brought their water conservation practices and solutions to three schools and their school district board to take second place in the 2019 California Water Service H2O Challenge. They took home a $2,500 grant for their classroom, won a pizza party, and received…

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Desafío H2OThirty-three students from Rachel Lenix's sixth-grade class at Downtown Elementary in Bakersfield, Calif., brought their water conservation practices and solutions to three schools and their school district board to take second place in the 2019 California Water Service H2O Challenge. They took home a $2,500 grant for their classroom, won a pizza party, and received a Cal Water prize pack for each student.

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a collaboration between Cal Water and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) that asks students to solve a local or global water issue. The annual competition is open to fourth- through sixth-grade students and teachers in schools served by Cal Water.

Lenix's students wanted to create a long-term, research-tested conservation solution for their community garden. They launched their project, "Rain, Rain, Fuel Our Plants," by dividing into two research teams: rainwater collection and edible plants. Once they proved that tap, rain, and reclaimed water grew radishes with similar results, it was time to engineer a solution. They created buckets that could capture rainwater outside and in which students could discard their unused water in the classroom. This water was then recycled and used in their community garden. From there, the students introduced the program to clubs, classrooms, and principals at Downtown Elementary, William Penn School, and McKinley Elementary School, and to community members such as parents, and school board members.

From the start, the class wanted to ensure that their water conservation efforts were "…not a sixth-grade project but a school project," said Lenix. The flexibility of the Cal Water H2O Challenge gave her students that opportunity. She said, "Students who participate in inquiry-based projects become stronger students…there is a level of excitement that cannot be obtained with other teaching methods." It was that excitement that energized their peers, other schools, and community members to implement their water conservation solution.

"The dedication Ms. Lenix's class gave to this project is a reminder of the great potential of our future leaders," said Ken Jenkins, Director of Drought Management and Conservation at Cal Water. "We are proud to recognize this inspiring classroom for their efforts in building a community-centered water conservation project. We know their passion will inspire increased community engagement in sustainable water management."

According to Christiane Maertens, H2O Challenge Program Director, classrooms like this support NAAEE's National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education goals. "This project shows how teachers and students can take real-world problems and create real-world solutions by understanding their community and environment, and taking action." said Maertens.

By integrating water-efficiency, educational programs, and school curriculum, NAAEE and Cal Water's partnership positively impacts California's environment. The partnership has brought STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) and NGSS (Next-Generation Science Standards) into the classroom to equip students with the skills they need to succeed.

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Publicación de informes sobre conservación de agua locales anuales https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0326-conservation-reports/ Martes 26 de marzo de 2019, 20:44:14 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6526 Although California is no longer in a drought, Cal Water customers have continued using water efficiently across the state, as shown in the utility's 2018 conservation reports for each of its service areas. Each local "Making a Splash in Conservation" report highlights annual and lifetime savings that conservation programs utilized by Cal Water customers achieved.…

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NoticiasAlthough California is no longer in a drought, Cal Water customers have continued using water efficiently across the state, as shown in the utility's 2018 conservation reports for each of its service areas.

Each local “Making a Splash in Conservation” report highlights annual and lifetime savings that conservation programs utilized by Cal Water customers achieved. Additionally, company-wide, nearly all Cal Water districts are below the per-capita urban water demand targets set by the state for 2020. Copies of each local report are available online at www.calwater.com/wcr.

Cal Water offers multiple water-use efficiency programs to its residential, commercial, and industrial customers to help them reduce water use. Program details are available at www.calwater.com/conservation.

"We have enjoyed a record winter, but our customers' water-use efficiency demonstrates a recognition that water is a precious, finite resource, whether we are experiencing drought conditions or not," said Martin A. Kropelnicki, Cal Water President & Chief Executive Officer. "Efficient water use will help us meet the state's impending, long-term water efficiency standards."

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Los alumnos del quinto grado de la escuela primaria Murdock Elementary obtienen el tercer puesto en el Desafío H2O https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0326-h2o-challenge-third-place/ Martes 26 de marzo de 2019, 17:48:08 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6522 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Maggie's Mallard Garden at Murdock Elementary is 100-Percent Renewable Mike Buckley's fifth-grade students at Murdock Elementary (Willows, Calif.) learned today that they won third place in the 2019 Cal Water H2O Challenge for their project to conserve water and create a 100-percent renewable, 7,500 square-foot garden at their school. For their project…

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Maggie's Mallard Garden at Murdock Elementary is 100-Percent Renewable

Desafío H2OMike Buckley's fifth-grade students at Murdock Elementary (Willows, Calif.) learned today that they won third place in the 2019 Cal Water H2O Challenge for their project to conserve water and create a 100-percent renewable, 7,500 square-foot garden at their school. For their project the class received live and editorial news coverage, will take home a $2,000 classroom grant, and will receive a Cal Water prize pack for each student.

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a collaboration between Cal Water and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) that asks students to solve a local or global water issue. The annual competition is open for fourth- through sixth-grade students and teachers in schools served by Cal Water.

Buckley's 25 students wanted to know where their drinking water came from and how much they were using. They realized that most of the water in their region is pumped from underground, and that their community garden used approximately 11,000 to 12,000 gallons per year. With that information, they calculated how to cut their water consumption in half using mulch and vermiculite, increase their rainwater collection from 300 to 7,000 gallons annually, and use solar-powered pumping systems to make their water solution 100-percent renewable. Their community noticed and came out to help; The students built their pump system with adults and explained their project to 17 classrooms, and Action News Now and Glenn County Gazette covered their story.

Their results match their goal. According to one of Buckley's students, the class wanted "…to help our earth by collecting rainwater and to inspire people to make a rain harvesting structure at their homes, too."

While his class made 100-percent renewable solutions look simple, their results came from their dedication. Buckley said, "We worked in the cold, we worked in the wet mud, and we worked several hours in a row several times." In the end, the hard work was worth it. Buckley says that the Cal Water H20 Challenge "was a meaningful, real-life, two-month journey that goes straight to the long-term memory and should stay there for many years to come."

“The dedication Mr. Buckley's class gave to this project is a reminder of the great potential of our future leaders,” said Ken Jenkins, Director of Drought Management and Conservation at Cal Water. “We are proud to recognize this inspiring classroom for their efforts in building a community-centered water conservation project, and we're pleased to see how their passion has inspired increased community engagement in sustainable water management.”

According to Christiane Maertens, H2O Challenge Program Director, classrooms like Buckley's support NAAEE's National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education goals. "This project shows how teachers and students can take real-world problems and create real-world solutions by understanding their community and environment, and taking action," said Maertens.

By integrating water-efficiency, educational programs, and school curriculum, NAAEE and Cal Water's partnership positively impacts California's environment. The partnership has brought STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) and NGSS (Next-Generation Science Standards) into the classroom to equip students with the skills they need to succeed.

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Comienza el proyecto de mejora de la infraestructura en Bakersfield https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0325-bk-main/ Lunes 25 de marzo de 2019, 21:56:37 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6520 Cal Water está comenzando un proyecto de reemplazo de tubería principal de agua en Bakersfield que fortalecerá la confiabilidad en el sistema de agua y la resistencia de la infraestructura, y también mejorará la protección contra incendios en el área. El proyecto comienza esta semana y llevará aproximadamente ocho semanas en completarse. Las cuadrillas instalarán 2,700 pies de nueva tubería principal de agua de hierro dúctil de 12" a lo largo de Stockdale Highway,…

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NoticiasCal Water está comenzando un proyecto de reemplazo de tubería principal de agua en Bakersfield que fortalecerá la confiabilidad en el sistema de agua y la resistencia de la infraestructura, y también mejorará la protección contra incendios en el área.

El proyecto comienza esta semana y llevará aproximadamente ocho semanas en completarse. Crews will install 2,700 feet of new 12-inch ductile-iron water main along Stockdale Highway, from McDonald Way to Real Road, to replace the aging water main and replace four fire hydrant service connections.

“The upgrade will ensure we can continue to deliver safe and reliable water service to our customers for their everyday needs and sufficient supplies for firefighters to protect our community in an emergency,” said District Manager Geoff Fulks. “This project is part of our proactive investment in our infrastructure so we can continue to provide quality, service, and value to Bakersfield residents and businesses, both now and for decades to come.”

Construction will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction.

Cal Water will conduct water quality testing at the completion of the project, and all individual water services will be connected to the new main after test results are returned. At the conclusion of the project, all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction will be restored to as close to the previous condition as possible.

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Los alumnos del quinto y sexto grado de la escuela primaria Robert Hill Lane Elementary obtienen el cuarto puesto en el Desafío H2O https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0325-h2o-challenge-fourth-place/ Lunes 25 de marzo de 2019, 19:11:45 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6514 Students' renovation of school garden and efforts to educate their peers on water conservation earns prize in fifth annual project competition. Thirty students from Keri Wohlford's fifth- and sixth-grade class at Robert Hill Lane Elementary in Monterey Park, Calif., used water conservation practices to revitalize their school garden, while learning and teaching others about water-use…

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Students' renovation of school garden and efforts to educate their peers on water conservation earns prize in fifth annual project competition.

Desafío H2OThirty students from Keri Wohlford's fifth- and sixth-grade class at Robert Hill Lane Elementary in Monterey Park, Calif., used water conservation practices to revitalize their school garden, while learning and teaching others about water-use efficiency, to take fourth place in the 2019 Cal Water H2O Challenge. The students took home a $1,000 grant for their classroom and Cal Water prize pack for every student.

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a collaboration between Cal Water and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) that asks students to solve a local or global water issue. The annual competition is open to fourth- through sixth-grade students and teachers in schools served by Cal Water.

Wohlford's students started their project with the goal of helping fellow students understand the benefits of saving water. They decided to tend to the school garden, which was in need of repair. Guided by research questions, the students created a blueprint for the garden and consulted with the school facilities team for supplies. While constructing the new plot with reclaimed wood, they tested various forms of stabilization for the soil and tracked unused water in their classroom. This water was then recycled and used in their community garden. From there, the students met with TreePeople, a California-based, nonprofit environmental advocacy group, for advice on how to improve their garden with as little water as possible. With this advice and supplies, the students have been able to grow California poppies, lavender, and marigolds.

"The educational benefits of this challenge [have] made my students more aware of the wasting [of] water that is going on in and out of our classroom. They were made [aware of the] importance of water conservation," said Wohlford. The class hopes to continue working on the garden and that future Robert Hill Lane Elementary students will take interest in growing the garden as well. Wohlford, who plans to install new fixtures in the garden, said, "My students developed an ownership of their learning and the pride that they demonstrated in their finished project is why I teach."

“The dedication Ms. Wohlford's class gave to this project is a reminder of the great potential of our future leaders,” said Ken Jenkins, Director of Drought Management and Conservation at Cal Water. “We are proud to recognize this inspiring classroom for its students' efforts in building a water conservation project that engages their peers and community in sustainable water management.”

According to Christiane Maertens, NAAEE H2O Challenge Program Director, classrooms like this support NAAEE's National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education goals. "This project shows how teachers and students can take real-world problems and create real-world solutions by understanding their community, their environment, and taking action," said Maertens.

By integrating water conservation, educational programs, and school curriculum, NAAEE and Cal Water's partnership positively impacts California's environment. The partnership has brought STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) and NGSS (Next-Generation Science Standards) into the classroom to equip students with the skills they need to succeed.

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Los alumnos del 4° y 5° grado de la escuela primaria Little Chico Creek Elementary obtienen el 5° lugar en el Desafío H2O https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0322-h2o-challenge-fifth-place/ Viernes 22 de marzo de 2019, 17:20:11 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6510 ¿Su arroyo está a salvo? Solo tiene que preguntárselo a los macroinvertebrados de la zona. Kristen Thomas' fourth- and fifth-grade class at Little Chico Creek Elementary School took home fifth-place in the 2019 Cal Water H20 Challenge today, after surveying the safety of their community's water after the devastating Camp Fire last fall. The class will receive a $500 grant, and…

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¿Su arroyo está a salvo? Solo tiene que preguntárselo a los macroinvertebrados de la zona.

Desafío H2OKristen Thomas' fourth- and fifth-grade class at Little Chico Creek Elementary School took home fifth-place in the 2019 Cal Water H20 Challenge today, after surveying the safety of their community's water after the devastating Camp Fire last fall. The class will receive a $500 grant, and each student wins a Cal Water prize pack.

The Cal Water H2O Challenge is a collaboration between Cal Water and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) that asks students to solve a local or global water issue. The annual competition is open to fourth- through sixth-grade students and teachers in schools served by Cal Water.

Little Chico Creek, with its location in the backyards of students' homes and near the local junior high, is a community resource. Students take monthly trips to visit the creek, which is why Thomas' 27 students were concerned about its safety after the Camp Fire.

After seeking professional advice, Thomas' students set out to test the water to see if it was impacting their health, nearby plants and animals, and macro-invertebrates. Test results showed that the water was safe; the Camp Fire had increased the charcoal in the water, but no amount of rain increased it to unsafe levels. From there, they shared their results with the school, with parents and guardians through a newsletter, and with thousands of people through an Action News Now television broadcast.

The 2019 Cal Water H20 Challenge gave students an outlet to affect their community and employ skills beyond research and evaluation, according to Thomas. The students divided into groups to address aspects of their project, which Thomas believes gave her an opportunity to lead "class lessons and discussions about what it means to be a leader and how to be inclusive and build consensus." Thomas found it particularly rewarding when a girl took a "leadership role and capitalize[d] on her organizational and project management skills to help her team," Thomas said. Her students recognized the integral position Little Chico Creek holds in their community and, through the Challenge, were able to "connect their study and exploration of several standards to a real-world problem."

“The dedication Ms. Thomas' class gave to this project is a reminder of the great potential of our future leaders,” said Ken Jenkins, Director of Drought Management and Conservation at Cal Water. “We are proud to recognize this inspiring classroom for the students' efforts in turning one part of a devastating situation into an educational opportunity that engages their peers and community in sustainable water management.”

According to Christiane Maertens, NAAEE H2O Challenge Program Director, projects like this support NAAEE's National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education goals. "This project shows how teachers and students can take real-world problems and create real-world solutions by understanding their community, their environment, and taking action," said Maertens.

By integrating water-efficiency, educational programs, and school curriculum, NAAEE and Cal Water's partnership positively impacts California's environment. The partnership has brought STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) and NGSS (Next-Generation Science Standards) into the classroom to equip students with the skills they need to succeed.

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