Field Trip to Water Museum- Vista del Lago, Lebec, California

The youth group enjoyed the oppurtunity to learn the history of water in California.

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Water Quality Experiment

Water project participants conducted an experiment to learn the quality of the water in their household.

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Madera Community for Sustainable Water


“When the well is dry, we will know the worth of water.
— Benjamin Franklin

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.


WATER FACTS

  • 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.

  • Agriculture: 85%

  • Residential: 10%

  • 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

  • Faucet aerators

  • 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


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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.

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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.

A forestry specialist from Cal Fire visited Madera Youth Leaders to talk about tree planting. He covered topics such as drought tolerant trees, best time of year to plant, and greenhouse gas reduction. Our 3-year long tree planting project begins in October 2016. We are planting several trees at 3 schools, and later at 3 parks. We will be planting Chinese Pistachio, Chinese Elm, and Southern Live Oak trees. In the meantime, we're going to learn more about these topics and recruit volunteers to help us plant. If you would like to volunteer, please call the MCCJ office at (559) 661-1879

A forestry specialist from Cal Fire visited Madera Youth Leaders to talk about tree planting. He covered topics such as drought tolerant trees, best time of year to plant, and greenhouse gas reduction. Our 3-year long tree planting project begins in October 2016. We are planting several trees at 3 schools, and later at 3 parks. We will be planting Chinese Pistachio, Chinese Elm, and Southern Live Oak trees. In the meantime, we're going to learn more about these topics and recruit volunteers to help us plant. If you would like to volunteer, please call the MCCJ office at (559) 661-1879

Repair Clinic at Bike To School Event to Celebrate National Bike Month

To celebrate National Bike Month in May, a series of free bike repair clinics are happening around the community of eastern Madera. The first was held on May 13th at Sierra Vista Elementary. It was combined with their Back to School Night event. MCCJ set up an information table, where we held a bike repair clinic open to the public, and distributed bike safety and event promotion flyers.

To celebrate National Bike Month in May, a series of free bike repair clinics are happening around the community of eastern Madera. The first was held on May 13th at Sierra Vista Elementary. It was combined with their Back to School Night event. MCCJ set up an information table, where we held a bike repair clinic open to the public, and distributed bike safety and event promotion flyers.

Youth in Madera Plant at Inspirational Roots Community Garden to Celebrate Arbor Day 2016

In celebration of Arbor Day, Madera Youth Leaders and kids from the Madera Child Development Center preschool planted their peas and peppers in two plots at our community garden. A group of six volunteers from Madera Collegealso joined us to pull weeds out of the plot along Lake street.

In celebration of Arbor Day, Madera Youth Leaders and kids from the Madera Child Development Center preschool planted their peas and peppers in two plots at our community garden. A group of six volunteers from Madera Collegealso joined us to pull weeds out of the plot along Lake street.

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.

Feb 7, 2015 - Madera Youth Leaders attend the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland, to protest fracking, an important Land Use issue. High school students traveled to the East Bay for the first time in their lives and marched through the streets of downtown Oakland with thousands of people to bring attention to the threat of fracking. Protesters called for a statewide ban on the practice, which involves mining for natural gas by blasting a mix of chemicals deep into the Earth’s crust.

Feb 7, 2015 - Madera Youth Leaders attend the March for Real Climate Leadership in Oakland, to protest fracking, an important Land Use issue. High school students traveled to the East Bay for the first time in their lives and marched through the streets of downtown Oakland with thousands of people to bring attention to the threat of fracking. Protesters called for a statewide ban on the practice, which involves mining for natural gas by blasting a mix of chemicals deep into the Earth’s crust.

March 13/May 1/June 9/Oct. 16, 2015 – The first of many presentations on ‘Smart Growth’ is presented to MYL. In it, we covered the basic principles of what it looks like, the terminology used such as ‘Mixed Use,’ ‘Complete Streets’ and ‘Zoning’. Then we contrasted these ideas with urban sprawl and some the characteristics of each. At the end of the discussion, we connected the many issues that are involved, such as transportation, air quality, inequality, car dependency, and access to services. The youth pointed out the various ways in which one affects the other.

March 13/May 1/June 9/Oct. 16, 2015 – The first of many presentations on ‘Smart Growth’ is presented to MYL. In it, we covered the basic principles of what it looks like, the terminology used such as ‘Mixed Use,’ ‘Complete Streets’ and ‘Zoning’. Then we contrasted these ideas with urban sprawl and some the characteristics of each. At the end of the discussion, we connected the many issues that are involved, such as transportation, air quality, inequality, car dependency, and access to services. The youth pointed out the various ways in which one affects the other.

Apr 15, 2015 - MCCJ staff announce current Smart Growth and bicycle infrastructure projects at a Madera City Council meeting. We brought up the issue of surveying community attitudes about biking, their needs and interest in biking, barriers and most frequented destinations, as well as feasibility studies we will be conducting. These youth-driven activities will be implemented by Madera Youth Leaders, which is made up of high school students from Madera High School, Madera South High School, and Mountain Vista High Schools.

Apr 15, 2015 - MCCJ staff announce current Smart Growth and bicycle infrastructure projects at a Madera City Council meeting. We brought up the issue of surveying community attitudes about biking, their needs and interest in biking, barriers and most frequented destinations, as well as feasibility studies we will be conducting. These youth-driven activities will be implemented by Madera Youth Leaders, which is made up of high school students from Madera High School, Madera South High School, and Mountain Vista High Schools.

Apr 22, 2015 - Earth Day event – A bicycle maintenance demonstration was presented to the public in attendance in order to promote alternative transportation. Earth Day is always a fun community event for youth and families. Youth also planted seeds in the garden and learned about planting, and the issue of food security.

Apr 22, 2015 - Earth Day event – A bicycle maintenance demonstration was presented to the public in attendance in order to promote alternative transportation. Earth Day is always a fun community event for youth and families. Youth also planted seeds in the garden and learned about planting, and the issue of food security.

May 1, 2015 - MYL is given a writing assignment to find out what issues matter most to them , and what their interests are. The question we posed was “What environmental issue is most important to you?”

May 1, 2015 - MYL is given a writing assignment to find out what issues matter most to them , and what their interests are. The question we posed was “What environmental issue is most important to you?”

May 29, 2015 - MCCJ organized a Bike and Walk to School event at James Monroe Elementary to highlight the lack of safe routes to school in that area, as well as promote alternative transportation and improving our air quality. The class with the most number of students who biked or walked, won a free pizza party for their entire class.

May 29, 2015 - MCCJ organized a Bike and Walk to School event at James Monroe Elementary to highlight the lack of safe routes to school in that area, as well as promote alternative transportation and improving our air quality. The class with the most number of students who biked or walked, won a free pizza party for their entire class.

June 15, 2015 – A group of youth attended a workshop about PhotoVoice projects, put on by Fresno Metro Ministry and Better Blackstone Association. Photo Voice is a type of media project in which a photo is taken in a way that tells a story or highlights a need. Our youth put together a Photo Voice project in which they highlighted the need for safer and complete streets in Madera.

June 15, 2015 – A group of youth attended a workshop about PhotoVoice projects, put on by Fresno Metro Ministry and Better Blackstone Association. Photo Voice is a type of media project in which a photo is taken in a way that tells a story or highlights a need. Our youth put together a Photo Voice project in which they highlighted the need for safer and complete streets in Madera.

October 3, 2015 – Youth created poster boards for public presentations on the topics of Smart Growth, urban sprawl and land use. The posters cover four aspects of land use: What is Sprawl, Hazards of Sprawl, What is Smart Growth, and How to get involved in the community on the topics of urban sprawl and its alternative - Smart Growth planning. They set up along four stations throughout the trail, and presented their information to the public..

October 3, 2015 – Youth created poster boards for public presentations on the topics of Smart Growth, urban sprawl and land use. The posters cover four aspects of land use: What is Sprawl, Hazards of Sprawl, What is Smart Growth, and How to get involved in the community on the topics of urban sprawl and its alternative - Smart Growth planning. They set up along four stations throughout the trail, and presented their information to the public..

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

Author(s): 

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.”