Join valley leaders to learn about water!

The Water Counts Academy is a program offered once a year to current and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about the lifeblood of our community—its water resources.

Session One: Introductions, Local Water Overview, Conservation in the Coachella Valley
February 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
See the presentation here.

Session Two: Agriculture & Water-Efficient Techniques, Groundwater & Long-Term Sustainability
February 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
See the presentation here.

Session Three: Water Quality, Golf & Recycled Water
February 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
See the presentation here.

Session Four: Imported Water Supplies State Water Project Water, Imported Water Supplies Colorado River Water, Economics of Water Rates
February 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Tour: Valleywide Water Infrastructure
March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The program is offered to selected applicants with no tuition/fees. Classes are held in Palm Desert and meals will be provided.

Water Counts Academy 2018 Roster:

  • Kelly A. Basoco, Encompass Consulting
  • Encarnacion “Chon” Becerra, CVUSD
  • Christian Braun, Cote to Coast
  • Gary Burns
  • David Carter, Albert Management
  • Jorge Diaz
  • Yvonne Franco, Coachella Valley Resource Conservation District
  • Joshua A. Friedes
  • Charisse Garrido, Michael Baker International
  • Desiree Garza, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Timothy Lee Grott, Hospitality
  • Gregg Herrell , Gregg N Herrell Inc.
  • Michael Hirschbein, City of Palm Springs
  • Richard W. Hobbs, Strategic Design, Inc.
  • Lindsay Holt, City of Palm Desert/The Holt Group/COD
  • Christian Inzunza, Solteris
  • Oliver Inzunza
  • Barbara Kay-Levin, Riverside County Master Gardeners
  • Rogelio Mandez, CVUSD
  • Donna Maul, Master Gardener, UCANR & Esq.
  • Steve McDonald
  • Jim Newell, Desert Adventures
  • Christopher Nielsen, Lavender Bistro
  • Carey Organ
  • Ivan Ortiz, TKD Landscape Architects
  • Oscar Ortiz
  • Danny Powers, Vintage Associates
  • Joseph Pritchard, Down to Earth Landscaping
  • Michael Raubolt, Miragescape
  • Joe Rice, Indian Ridge HOA
  • Juan R. Segoviano, USDA-NRCS
  • Martin Stone
  • Monica Telles, Riverside County EDA
  • Roger Volzer, House Design & Build
  • Myra Wenzel
  • Rick Wenzel

Click here to see the 2017 program graduates.