Water Education Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Event included a Water Leaders reunion

The Water Education Foundation marked it 40th Anniversary at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento. The celebration was kicked off with a reunion reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of our popular Water Leaders program.

The program featured talks by:

  • Rita Schmidt Sudman, the Foundation’s former Executive Director, speaking on highlights of the past 40 years.
  • Mike Chrisman, former California Natural Resources Secretary and Foundation Board Member, speaking about his father, Ira “Jack” Chrisman, the Foundation’s founding president.
  • Scott Morris, Foundation Vice President and graduate of our Water Leaders class in 1998, speaking about the impact of that popular program 20 years later.
  • Grant Davis, Director of the California Department of Water Resources, speaking on the importance of water education.
  • Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s current Executive Director speaking on what’s to come in the future.

The Foundation opened its doors in 1977 when California was in the second year of a major drought. The Foundation’s articles of incorporation were filed on Feb. 27 of that year, creating a nonprofit, nonpolitical, tax-exempt educational organization.

Today, the Sacramento-based Foundation remains a vital source of nonpartisan, in-depth information about water resource issues in California and the West.

Taking a steady pulse of the water world, the Foundation provides a vast repertoire of educational materials, products and services such as our water tours, lectures, our flagship quarterly magazine, Western Water, and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).

Sterling Hotel
Sacramento, CA

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