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

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal agencies greenlight proposed Delta tunnel project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the construction of new diversion points on the Sacramento River and two massive water tunnels would not jeopardize the existence of endangered species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the hub of California’s waterworks.

Aquafornia news E&E Daily

Trump taps Western water veteran to head Reclamation (free trial subscription available)

President Trump announced yesterday that he will nominate a widely respected veteran of Western water issues to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. Trump said he will tap Brenda Burman to be commissioner of the bureau.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Homes along Kings River remain under evacuation from flooding, but there’s new hope

Homeowners along the Kings River forced to evacuated by rising water cannot return yet, but the river is receding and it’s possible they can go back soon. … Army Corps of Engineers data show 12,700 cubic feet per second of water was being released down the spillway of Pine Flat Dam at 2 p.m. Monday, down from a peak of 14,950 cubic feet per second Friday afternoon.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Oroville Dam viewing platform not coming anytime soon

A viewing platform to oversee construction at the Oroville Dam spillway will not be ready anytime soon, despite previous vocal commitments from officials with the state Department of Water Resources.

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.