WATER WE WAITING FOR?
What am I about?
A FRESH VOICE
FOR CLEAN WATER
In our home we believe that everyone should be treated with respect.
We value kindness, science, critical thinking, compassion, and above all, being true to oneself, even when it’s uncomfortable.
Especially when it’s uncomfortable.
Why am I running?
CLEAN WATER IS A RIGHT,
NOT A SERVICE
Santa Claritans should be able to trust that our water is clean, affordable, sustainable, and safe.
I believe that our government should represent We The People, not corporate interests.
I will fight to make sure that our Water Board serves our community, protects our environment, and that the decisions we make are transparent and clear to all.
These last few years have been challenging to say the least. Our country is struggling.
Not only have we been dealing with a complete lack of leadership, we are also facing a new wave of racism, science denial, and hate.
Over the last few months we’ve seen more clearly than ever how dangerous and damaging these reckless policies are.
And I’m pissed.
I’m done sitting on the sidelines.
We simply can’t afford to let this go on.
All the water that will ever exist - exists now.
Just 3%of our earth’s water is fresh, and only a fraction of it is drinkable due to contamination.
Most of our water comes from rivers, lakes, and ground water. It is pumped into pipes and is replenished by the water cycle.
The water cycle we were taught in school is currently not working….
When we make surfaces less permeable due to erosion or paving, we don’t allow our water to soak back into our ground and it is often lost into the sea.
What happens when an area needs more water than it naturally has?
Water prices go up.
Because water needs to be transported from a different location.
The groundwater gets replenished by rain and other forms of precipitation.
This is not currently at the point of being drinkable (potable). We mainly use this water for irrigation, and we return it into the Santa Clara river with hopes of replenishing our ground water.
About half of our water comes from the Sierra Nevada range. Rain fall and, most importantly, snow fall are brought to us via the state water project aqueduct.
SCV Water stores water in Kern County for use in times of need.
In Santa Clarita, we get our water from several sources.
Climate change and contamination are the greatest threats to our water.
In the last few years we’ve had to close approximately 40% of our wells due to contamination, and climate change is deeply impacting the Sierra Nevada snow packs.
Ignoring science, climate change, and other environmental impacts will just make the challenges we face worse.
AND DIRTY POLITICS
Who am I?
EDUCATOR MOTHER FARMER
I am Beth. I married my high school sweetheart when we were 18, and we have 5 amazing kids together.
I always dreamed of living on a farm, so a few years ago we moved to Canyon Country and did just that. We now have 4 dogs, 42 chickens, sheep, goats, and a burro named Potter.
He’s a sweetheart.
Homeschooling our children has given me the privilege to walk with them on their journey, and it challenges me to open myself up to constant change.
I’m often humbled by how brave and sincere my kids are. I’ve learned more from them than I can ever teach.
I love it here. I love our community, tending to my animals, and fostering dogs. So many dogs.
I care deeply about the environment. I fight passionately for equality, representation, and for those who don’t have a voice.