Don’t miss out as the most provocative water issues will be cast center stage on March 23 during the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” in Sacramento.
Our tours are famous for not only being packed with diverse educational opportunities about California water, but showcasing local culture. Our Central Valley Tour on March 8-10 lets you unwind at a few San Joaquin Valley treasures and hear stories that go back generations.
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.
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.
During that time, there have been a plethora of changes for the State Water Board, including its assumption of drinking water safety regulations and a stepped-up enforcement regime aimed at protecting the environment and other water rights holders.
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.
Our upcoming 2017 events that offer MCLE credits are:
Our water tours give a behind-the-scenes look at major water issues in California. On our Central Valley Tour, March 8-10, you will visit wildlife habitat areas – some of which are closed to the public – and learn directly from the experts who manage them, in addition to seeing farms, large dams and other infrastructure.
These are not the best of times for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The center of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed WaterFix, the Delta suffers from an array of maladies that offer a gloomy prospect for its ecological future and continued role as hub of the state’s water supply.
Tickets are now on sale for the Water Education Foundation’s April 5-7 tour of the Lower Colorado River.
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit key sites along the “Lifeblood of the Southwest,” including a private tour of Hoover Dam, Central Arizona Project’s Mark Wilmer pumping plant and the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The tour also visits the Salton Sea and farming regions in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.
Sixteen years of drought on the Colorado River, a key water supply for California, have increased the chance that Lake Mead will fall low enough to trigger a shortage declaration in the not-too-distant future. It seems a matter of when and not if. The reservoir now sits at 40 percent capacity and federal officials say there is a 48 percent chance of a shortage declaration in 2018.
Last year, representatives from the federal government, California and the other Lower Basin states, and Mexico came close to an interlinked, multi-party agreement on how to slow the reservoir’s decline to better prepare for a reduction in water supplies. They failed to finalize a drought contingency plan before the end of the Obama administration, leaving stakeholders wondering what will happen now.
Californians continue to receive optimistic news that parts of the state will see significant drought relief in 2017. One positive development is a strong likelihood that San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos will be full by April 1 – the first time since 2011.
As of Tuesday, the 2 million acre-feet reservoir was at 78 percent of capacity. This is a stark contrast to last August when the reservoir was at its lowest level in 25 years.
The Water Education Foundation is known for its colorful, poster-sized maps detailing California water, the lower Colorado River and the Delta, and its Layperson’s Guides examining such topics as California water, water rights, groundwater and twelve other subjects.
Data, data everywhere but what to do with it all? Water wonks have long known there are reams of information about water available from a multitude of sources. Databases contain information about water supply, water quality, water rights and other issues. But the information is scattered and not easily accessible.
Now, a new state law aims to corral all the dates, places and numbers into a useful platform that is expected to make California’s water management system more effective.
California’s San Joaquin Valley produces 25 percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country. Despite this winter’s deluge, many farmers in the San Joaquin Valley will face another season amid changing drought conditions. Challenges that still face California’s agricultural heartland include reduced surface water allocations, overdrafted groundwater basins and decreasing water quality.
Experts from around the state will discuss groundbreaking ways to create additional water sources at the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” on March 23 in Sacramento.
Topics addressed by speakers on the panel “Tapping New Sources: Water for the 21st Century” will include stormwater capture, water recycling and potable reuse, and water neutrality ordinances.
The recent deluge has led to changes in drought conditions in some areas of California and even public scrutiny of the possibility that the drought is over. Many eyes are focused on the San Joaquin Valley, one of the areas hardest hit by reduced surface water supplies. On our Central Valley Tour, March 8-10, we will visit key water delivery and storage sites in the San Joaquin Valley, including Friant Dam and Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River.
Among the hot topics on tap for the May 25 conference in Ontario are efforts to map water use to make the watershed resilient, a look at Proposition 1 funding and the region’s ambitious integrated projects, and a focus on underserved and disadvantage communities.
Finding new sources of water for the future and implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act are two of the key topics to be addressed at this year’s Executive Briefing, the Water Education Foundation’s flagship conference of the year.
The 34th annual event, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” will feature key speakers and top experts in their fields. The Briefing will be March 23 at a new location this year – the Hilton Sacramento Arden West hotel, 2200 Harvard Street in Sacramento.