The Water Counts Academy is designed for current and emerging leaders in the Coachella Valley who want to learn about the lifeblood of our valley — its water resources. We are excited to offer this comprehensive course that will cover the history, use and management of water here in the Coachella Valley.

The next class – the 5th Annual Water Counts Academy – will be held in early 2021, and will consist of five virtual/online lunchtime classes from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (on Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, and March 4). This virtual Academy will conclude on Thursday, March 4 with a virtual tour/overview, with segments provided by our six Coachella Valley water agencies.

Participants are required to attend all five classes to receive their certificate. The sessions will cover a variety of topics and although subject to change, may include: Course Overview; Groundwater, Streams and Imported Water; Colorado River and Recycled Water; Water Quality and Regulations; Conservation in the Coachella Valley – A Way of Life; Agriculture; Golf; Cannabis; Building & Development and Water Efficiency; and Sustainability and Groundwater.

Anyone interested in learning about our local water supply, history, conservation, and infrastructure is welcome to apply! There is no tuition or fee to participate. Last year the program received close to 100 applications for 40 spots. This year a total of 50 spots will be available.

To apply, please ensure you are available on all of the above dates, complete every field in the online application form below, and submit. The application period has been extended; applications are being accepted until the end of day, Sunday, January 31. Individuals accepted into the program will be notified between February 1 and February 3.

Click here to see the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 program graduates.

Click here to view the 2018, 2019, and 2020 presentations.

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