CV Water Counts Academy

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.

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

The 2024 Water Counts Academy will be held once a week, over the course of 5 weeks. The first four classes will be 1 ½ hour sessions in Palm Desert on Tuesday, January 30, February 6, 13, and 20 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, with the fifth class being a half-day morning tour on Saturday, March 2.

Dates and times are subject to change. The class is limited to 50 students. Applications are now being accepted until Friday, January 12th.

Click here to see the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 program graduates.

Click here to view the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 presentations.

In 2017, CV Water Counts, in conjunction with UCR-Palm Desert and CVEP, hosted Water Counts 2017: How the Drought Changed California and Our Valley. View the presentations here.