IVAN REPORTING NETWORK IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
In 2012 CCEJN became the administrator of the IVAN Reporting Networks in Fresno and Kern counties. The two reporting networks have successfully empowered residents to report environmental violations and most importantly, the networks have formed and consolidated taskforces that bring together regulatory agencies, community groups, and residents to investigate and solve reports and to work on advancing health protective regulations. Furthermore, CCEJN has created local and statewide relationships to support the IVAN Fresno and Kern networks.
In conversations with partner organizations in Tulare, CCEJN learned that local groups were interested in participating in a project like this. Their interest stems from the recognition that the IVAN program in Kern and Fresno counties have helped communities identify, monitor, and provide information to government regulators that have been able to follow-up to those community leads with enforcement and/or compliance actions.
Thanks to a grant from CalEPA, CCEJN was able to expand the IVAN Reporting Network to Tulare County in July of 2019.