The virtual Summit,“Ensuring Equitable Involvement in Regional Water Planning,” was held over three half-day sessions (October 8, 13, and 14,2020) for attendees to share strategies for engaging Tribes and marginalized communities in regional water management, as learned through local implementation of the Proposition 1 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement (DACTI) program.
The Summit was sponsored by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and facilitated by CivicWell (formerly the Local Government Commission), with support from the California Department of Water Resources and the IRWM Roundtable of Regions.Community leaders, water experts,Tribal representatives, and government staff shared lessons learned from 10+ years of engaging marginalized groups in regional water planning, and participants strategized how to apply these approaches and best practices within their regions and across other statewide water planning efforts.
Each day addressed a new theme:
❊ Day 1 focused on setting the stage and reviewing lessons learned from 10+ years of the DACTI program;
❊ Day 2 then took a deep dive into regional strategies for engaging marginalized communities and Tribes; and
❊ Day 3 challenged presenters and participants to identify how IRWM efforts can inform other state water programs to collectively advance marginalized community and Tribal engagement.
Each day included expert panels and interactive, small-group discussions to help participants coordinate and collaborate in real-time.