2017 Executive Briefing
Sen. Robert Hertzberg gave keynote lunch address; experts addressed Oroville spillway, dam safety and flood management

With a theme focusing on “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing was held March 23 in Sacramento. The event examined new approaches to water management, tools to extend supplies, plans to prepare for drought, and the intersection between politics and policy.

This premiere water conference offered participants the opportunity to hear from top policymakers and leading stakeholders on key water topics:


All About the Delta

From recent news articles to publications, maps and tours, Water Education Foundation has everything you need, including the award-winning Layperson’s Guide to the Delta.

Water News You Need to Know

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Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought? Sierra Nevada snowpack at 164 percent of normal

The biggest blizzards are over. But as state water officials head into the Sierra Nevada on Thursday for the annual April 1 snowpack reading — the most important of the year for planning summer water supplies — California still has a huge amount of snow covering its highest mountain peaks, an avalanche that has buried the state’s punishing drought.

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Flood: Water district says San Jose was warned

In a scathing response to fingerpointing from San Jose about last month’s devastating Coyote Creek floods, Santa Clara Valley Water District leaders say city officials failed to heed multiple warnings about the rising waters from several agencies.

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Lake Oroville rises slowly as spillway flows halted

Water releases down the damaged main spillway at Lake Oroville have been halted in order to work on repairs there, and for now the lake is slowly rising.

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Once feds turn on tap, storm cleanup will create jobs

This winter’s storms and flooding toppled trees, tore up trails and roads, and caused millions of dollars in damage in Shasta County alone. All that has to be cleaned up and repaired — which means new, temporary jobs will likely come to the area.

Online Water Encyclopedia

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Drought— an extended period of limited or no precipitation— is a fact of life in California and the West, with water resources following boom and-bust patterns.

No portion of the West has been immune to drought during the last century and drought occurs with much greater frequency in the West than in any other regions of the country.

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Delta Smelt

The endangered Delta smelt is a 3-inch fish found only in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It is considered especially sensitive because it lives just one year, has a limited diet and exists primarily in brackish waters (a mix of river-fed fresh and salty ocean waters that is typically found in coastal estuaries).


Important People in California Water History

Read about the history people who played a significant role in the water history of California.

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Delta Plan

The Delta Plan is a comprehensive management plan for the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta intended to help the state meet the coequal goals of water reliability and ecosystem restoration.