Safe Clean Water Program - Los Angeles County Hearing

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On Tuesday, July 17, TreePeople, in partnership with several other water, social justice, and environmental organizations in LA County, gathered at the Kenneth Hahn Hall in support of the County’s Safe Clean Water Program. Along with our Founder and our CEO, I gave public comment at the hearing. We’re thrilled to announce that the measure will appear on the ballot in November. My comments is below.

“Hello. My name is Candice Dickens-Russell and I am the Director of Environmental Education at TreePeople and the regional coordinator of environmental education for the CA Dept. Of Education representing LA County and I’m here to speak on behalf of schools, teachers, and children. 

LA County has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the way we address water. The Safe Clean Water Program provides an opportunity for schools to install large-scale stormwater management projects which help Los Angeles to become more water secure, and create sustainable schoolyards resulting in improved student health. The related education component has the potential to help teachers and eco clubs take leadership and ownership of these projects, resulting in rich outdoor classrooms for science education. I’d like to thank the County Board for hearing this issue.”

We have a lot of work to do to get out the vote in November for this important program, but we’re happy to know that it will be on the ballot. Please visit http://safecleanwaterla.org/ for more information.