Citizens Water Academy

The application and nomination period for the Fall 2019 class is open. Class dates are below.

The award-winning Citizens Water Academy is an opportunity for future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region 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 Water Authority typically receives many more applications than spots available. 

Details

The application and nomination period for the Fall 2019 class is open. Dates and times for the sessions are below. 

Fall 2019 Class (East County - October)

  • Friday, October 11, 2019; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (El Cajon)
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019; 1 to 4:30 p.m. (El Cajon)
  • Friday, October 25, 2019; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Escondido)

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.

Nominations

The nomination period for the Fall 2019 class is open. Click here to nominate a community, civic or business leader by September 9.
 

Applications

The application period for the Fall 2019 class is open. Click here to fill out and submit an application form by September 16.
 
If you want to add your name to the interest list to be notified when the application period for future classes open, click here.
 
If you have any questions about the program or application or nomination process, email us at wateracademy@sdcwa.org.
 

Participant Testimonials and Photo Gallery

Spring 2019 Class Photo

Spring 2019 Citizens Water Academy participants on top of Olivenhain Dam

Testimonials

“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."

 

Awards

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.

 

 

 

 

News Coverage

Next City - Sept. 4, 2015
San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug. 13, 2015
Ramona Sentinel - Feb. 12, 2015
San Diego Union-Tribune - Nov. 7, 2014 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.