Field Trip to Water Museum- Vista del Lago, Lebec, California
The youth group enjoyed the oppurtunity to learn the history of water in California.
Water Quality Experiment
Water project participants conducted an experiment to learn the quality of the water in their household.
Madera Community for Sustainable Water
Madera Coalition for Community Justice has been awarded a grant to establish an organizational framework to ensure water security in terms of quality and quantity in Madera County. The grant coordinator for this project is Mariela Mendez.
Water is a valuable resource that we take for granted. Together, as a community, we can learn about the water issue and ways to promote quality water. Our goal is to raise awareness by educating and empowering the community about ways to ensure water security in terms of quality and quantity by providing tools and resources about the water issue.
Community meetings will take place in different areas of Madera County. Please visit our community calendar to stay up to date with our meetings and events.
This project is being funded by a grant from the Rose Foundation For Communities and the Environment.
Over 65% of our body is made of water
97% is salt water
2% is water frozen in glaciers
Only one percent is fresh water we can use (ground water - .4%; surface water - .022% &, .001 atmosphere)
American uses 98 gallons of water a day (People in Madagascar uses 1.5 gal.)
The U.S. uses 341 billion gallons of water a day
Humans can live less than 2 weeks without water but a month without food
25 million people die each year from water contamination
California's Water System
California is tied together in an intricate plumbing system- both legal and literal- that transports water from the north, where it is plentiful, to the south, where it is scarce.
Where Water Comes From
California receives 193 million acre-feet of water as rain or snow, three-quarters of it falling North of Sacramento. Most of the moisture -122 million acre feet- either soaks into the ground, is consumed by plants or evaporates. The balance of 71 million acre-feet runs off into streams and rivers.
Capturing And Controlling The Water
More than 150 major reservoirs have been constructed to capture a little more than half of the 71 million acre feet of the typical water runoff. California each year consumes 34 million acre-feet, some of that coming from the Colorado and other rivers that originate outside the state. Three-quarters of that annual demand is met with surface water, and the balance with water from beneath the ground.
Who Uses The Water
Below are the three broad categories of water consumers and the percentage of the total water supply that they consume.
Industrial, government and commercial: 5%
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
HOW TO CONSERVE WATER:
Low volume toilet, replace with water - saving flush kit
Low-flow, water-saving shower heads
Repair leaks in faucet and toilets immediately
Use dishwasher and clothes washer only when full load
Attach pistol-type sprayer to end of garden hose
IS YOUR WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
Contact: Madera County Public Health Laboratory (Environmental Laboratory)
14215 Rd 28
Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559) 675-7893
Contact: Madera County Environmental Health Division
2037 W Cleveland Ave
Madera, CA 93637
Phone: (559) 675-7823
Some Madera youth and parents join the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ) for their 15th Annual Clean Air Action Day in Sacramento.
The Coalition was awarded a mini grant from California ReLeaf and the U.S. Forest Service to plant a total of 12 trees at 3 elementary schools. We are planting at Monroe, Madison, and Washington. It's a short-term grant which goes until May 15th.
A bike and walk fest was held on March 10th at Rotary Park as part of the “Bike Madera Project”. We operated a free bike repair table and handed out bike safety information to all participants and everyone who entered the park.
The Madera Tree Planting Project begins.
Our first tree planting event took place on October 13th at Pan American park, and it was very successful! We had 23 volunteers from the community, MYL, and the Madera High Science Club. Planting continued at more parks and schools in the month of October.
Cal Fire Prepares MYL for Tree Planting this Fall.
Repair Clinic at Bike To School Event to Celebrate National Bike Month
Youth in Madera Plant at Inspirational Roots Community Garden to Celebrate Arbor Day 2016
Madera Youth Leaders presenting findings of their environmental projects to Madera City Council.
Our youth group, Madera Youth Leaders (MYL) are currently working on various environmental projects. They recently gave a report to Madera City Council on some of the work they have done. Issues they work on include: transportation, water use in the Central Valley, urban sprawl and it’s alternative: Smart Growth city planning.
This is part of a larger environmental program the youth have been working on which also includes activities like a bike to school day event, a bike lane study, a public water forum, and public workshops around Madera on sprawl, transportation and air quality. In the process, they surveyed over nine-hundred community members on various issues. This is all leading up to a presentation of their findings to the Madera City Council at their public meeting Thursday, December 16th, 2015.
At the end of their projects, MYL sat down to write articles about their experiences and all the things they learned. All of their stories were submitted and published in the Madera Tribune on November 14th! Here is a sample of one of those articles:
Madera Tribune article: A youth leader's lesson in urban issue
By Cristal Salgado
16 years old, Madera High School
The Madera Coalition for Community Justice staff gave Madera Youth Leaders an opportunity to share our ideas about smart growth, urban sprawl, and their impacts.
Early on Oct. 3, our group had set up tables and poster boards to present to the community, in Rotary Park. This occurred because we want the community to get involved and to know what is arising in our city. No resident should be left without knowing what is going on in his or her community.
Personally, I had no idea about urban sprawl, smart growth or its impacts. However, it made a difference when staff were explaining the information to us. When the time came to reach out to the community about what we’ve learned, we felt prepared to pass it along. We also had to interpret in Spanish to many community members.
Urban sprawl is when a community starts to build schools, houses, roads, etc., and it affects the main city, because money is being diverted out from our little community. One of the impacts of sprawl is when people don’t have access to hospitals because the hospital is too far away for most to walk. Here in Madera there are fewer options of transportation. Consequently, some people are not able to travel.
The opposite of sprawl, smart growth, is chracterized by mixed land use. We had to present what we learned about smart growth and sprawl, and spread awareness to the community.
My group had the opportunity to present what urban sprawl was. At times it was difficult to present in Spanish but we all came together and did great.
A Madera resident said, “I had no clue about this urban sprawl situation, but I am really thankful this organization informed me of this issue.”