Keynoting the Water Education Foundation’s Executive Briefing March 23 will be Frances Spivy-Weber, who is retiring from the State Water Resources Control Board after 10 years. … Spivy-Weber’s presentation will kick off a day of day of lively discussions about key water issues from Delta flows to Colorado River drought contingency plans to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Most conferences and all tours of key water sites in California and the Southwest that are held by the Water Education Foundation are eligible for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits required by the State Bar of California. We have been an approved MCLE provider for decades and are a valued source of up-to-date information for attorneys who attend our conferences and water tours.
The San Joaquin Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket, is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States. During our three-day Central Valley water tour, you will meet farmers who will explain how they prepare the fields, irrigate their crops and harvest the produce that helps feed the world. We will also drive through hundreds of miles of farmland and visit the sources of the water – rivers, dams and wells.
Student teams controlling underwater robots from the United States, Canada and Russia were the winners Saturday in a global competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.
“For Joshua and about 30 other kids who participated in a trout hatchery program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the fish release was a reward of sorts for performing well in department’s 29th annual Nature Bowl last month.”
“As Helene Dillard wraps up the first four months as dean of UC Davis’ College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, she must realize how rare an opportunity she has as head of the top agriculture school. With climate change reshaping the world, ag sciences haven’t been at the apex of the public’s interest since the Dust Bowl era.”
From EPA Connect: The Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership, in a post by Bob Perciasepe:
“The EnviroAtlas combines hundreds of separate data layers developed through a collaboration between EPA researchers and their partners from around the country, including the U.S Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, states, and a number of non-profit organizations and universities.”
“The Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, which opens May 10, is designed to be a haven for tourists and a center for education programs promoting the protection of the region’s flora and fauna.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Amir Alexander:
“Only a few thousand specialists in the world are qualified to offer deeply informed opinions about climate change, but this has not prevented millions of us from taking a stand on both sides of the issue.”
From the Red Bluff Daily News, in a commentary by Sen. Jim Nielsen:
“There are some programs our tax dollars support that infer/bestow a variety of broad-based economic and social benefits to the state that make them worthy of preservation. The Agricultural Education Incentive (AEIG) Program is a prime example.”
“As water agencies wrestle with California’s drought emergency, and lawmakers pass bills seeking relief from a third consecutive dry year in the state, another institution, the public university system, is continuing to play a critical role in water conservation.”
“On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will kick off National Park Week with a visit to Crater Lake National Park, highlighting this year’s ‘Go Wild!’ theme that encourages people to connect with the nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage through events and programs at 401 national park units across the country. National Park Week runs from April 19 to April 27.
“On her way to visit the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier on Monday, University of California President Janet Napolitano got a bird’s eye view of California cropland and rivers dry from the drought — a sight she hopes the universities can help fix through continued research and outreach.”