Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus

Across the country, communities face mounting threats to their water security. Increased climate-change related flooding, sea level rise, and drought threaten people's homes, lives and the ecosystems they rely upon. Millions of Americans live in communities that do not have access to reliable safe drinking water. Many live in areas where the cost of water is unaffordable, and children across the country attend schools where their drinking water is contaminated with lead.

As a result of these conditions, there has been significant movement in the calls for new equity-focused climate-resilient investment to address the water threats to low income communities and communities of color.

With support from the Kresge Foundation, PolicyLink launched the national Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus in April 2018 to build a national network of organizations working to address water equity and climate resilience — centering frontline communities of color and low-income communities. The role of the Caucus is to build a shared analysis and understanding of the problems, codify policy strategies, and enable members to deliver on water equity results for their communities. The Caucus will do this through peer learning, tool & knowledge development, and shared local, state, federal and tribal advocacy.   

Working groups of the caucus focus on: Access to affordable safe drinking water and sanitation; Resilience-investments that address climate-related water management; Educational, Workforce, and Business Pathways to Resilient Water Management.

Interested in joining or learning more? Keep up with the Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus by contacting Axel Santana, coordinator for the Caucus. 

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