OCEJEF’s mission is to forge permanent lines of communication and collaboration between disadvantaged communities, local governments, and Indigenous nations while continuing to document water pollution across the region. Building Community Capacity with Photovoice is a project in which residents of disadvantaged communities throughout the Santa Ana River Watershed document point and nonpoint water pollution sources as well as advocate for improved water quality. OCEJEF previously completed a PhotoVoice pilot project which culminated in a report and policy brief identifying numerous water pollution concerns. With this grant, OCEJEF will continue to document water pollution across the region, while facilitating a resident-led coalition to engage with local officials and the Regional Water Board to ensure implementation of community-proposed water quality policies. Concurrently, OCEJEF will host focus group sessions with members of the Acjachemen and Tongva Nations to document their perspectives on the health and custodianship of the Santa Ana River Watershed. The findings will be presented to elected officials and Regional Water Board members with the goal of building co-governance of water systems with Indigenous nations.
Orange County Environmental Justice Education Fund
Building Community Capacity with PhotoVoice (BCCP)
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2022
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice
Los Angeles Area (incl. Orange County)