“Knowing that I’m making a difference, by protecting a levee and helping a community for the better. I think that’s what makes it a great experience for me,” said Sacramento Corpsmember Echo Rivera.
As winter storms and atmospheric rivers approach California once again, young adults in the California Conservation Corps are ready to respond to any emergencies that arise. Corpsmembers at all 25 CCC centers are trained so they can be called upon to help communities impacted by floods and storms.
Echo remembers all the hard work she put in during the prior flood season. Her crew helped place miles of plastic liner, called visqueen, alongside a levee to combat erosion from rising waters.
“This year, I know what to expect. I’m a bit more familiar with everything, so I’m able to guide my crew and show them how it’s done.”
If you are interested in dipping your toes into emergency response and exploring careers with partners such as FEMA or the California Department of Water Resources, join the CCC by visiting ccc.ca.gov.