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Citizens Water Academy
The application and nomination period for the Spring 2017 class has closed. The application and nomination period for the next class will open in mid-March 2017.
The award-winning Citizens Water Academy is open to future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region who want to learn about critical projects and programs related to water.
Through the academy, the Water Authority is expanding and sustaining a diverse network of influencers who are willing to serve as outreach ambassadors on water issues and refer others to future academy classes.
The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed.
The academy includes two weeknight classroom sessions, along with a weekend classroom session and facilities tour. The Spring 2017 dates and times are:
- Thursday, March 2, 2017: 5-8:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 5-8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 18, 2017: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Participants must commit to attend each session and tour.
There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply or attend the academy; however, there may be a reportable value, as food, beverages and other items will be provided.
The nomination period for the Spring 2017 class is now closed.
The application period for the Spring 2017 class is now closed.
Participants will be selected the week of Feb. 13.
Participant Testimonials and Photo Gallery
Fall 2016 Citizens Water Academy participants on top of Olivenhain Dam
“The presentations and discussions were great. We talked about real time situations and problems that are being dealt with today."
"It's impressive to meet and hear the material from the people who actually run the show."
"I plan to ensure folks understand how critical water conservation and education are."
The Water Authority received a Silver Bernays Mark of Excellence Award for the Citizens Water Academy from the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at its annual gala on October 20, 2015. The award was given for Community Relations - Non-profit/Government/Association.
The program also received a Communications Initiative Award from the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association at its annual awards event on May 5, 2016.