Community Water Academy
Join the City of Cedar Rapids' First-Ever Community Water Academy
Are you curious about Cedar Rapids water? The City is hosting the first-ever Community Water Academy this fall! Join us for a four-part series designed to educate and empower our community with essential knowledge and skills related to water resources and conservation in the Cedar Rapids area. Through expert-led programming and tours, participants will gain an understanding of water management, sustainability, and the roles we play in preserving the vital resource that is water. It's free to join, but spots are limited! Find out more and apply to the Community Water Academy!
Community Water Academy Session Dates for 2023:
Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Please note: Filling out an application does not guarantee a position in the academy, and the City of Cedar Rapids Community Water Academy staff reserve the right to accept applicants based on available space and other considerations.
The Cedar Rapids Community Water Academy takes a "One Water" approach. "One Water" means we take all of the water in our community into consideration with water management, knowing that all forms of water are equally important in the water cycle. This means drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, source water, industrial water, watersheds, and all water quality efforts. All water has value and is critical to life, and we use the full water cycle: Our water flows down to us from upstream, and we pull our drinking water from a source. This water is treated for drinking, is used and discarded, is treated again as wastewater, is expelled, and flows downstream, where another community starts the process all over again. Contributing to the process is stormwater that runs off yards and streets into storm drains, as well as all water in the watershed that runs off and flows from many sources, including farm fields. All water has value, and we work together to provide the best water quality we can. We believe that everyone is entitled to clean and safe water. The Community Water Academy will explore all aspects of water in the Cedar Rapids community, and we will look at why the "One Water" approach is so important.