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See Water Storage, Pumps and Other Key California Infrastructure on Bay-Delta Tour May 16-18
Tour stops at Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County to learn about expansion efforts

Go deep into California’s water hub on our Bay-Delta Tour May 16-18, and see water conveyance, pumps and storage systems, including components of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project.

Among the stops is a reservoir expansion project recently deemed eligible by the California Water Commission for sought-after state bond funds.

Los Vaqueros Reservoir, managed by the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), was declared eligible last week to receive Prop. 1 bond funds to expand capacity from 160,000 acre-feet to 275,000 acre-feet.

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Join Us For An Open House and Reception May 3 at the Foundation
Check out what we do at open house held in conjunction with Sacramento region's Big Day of Giving

The Water Education Foundation has been around in California for more than 40 years! Have you ever been curious about our Water Leaders program, our tours or workshops, and Western Water news?

Join us for a reception at our midtown Sacramento office from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 to meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and check out what we do. Sign up here for the open house so we have a head count.

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Explore the Sierra’s Upper Watershed this Summer on Our Headwaters Tour
Two-day tour examines the role of upper watersheds in water supply and quality; overnights at Lake Tahoe

Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada.Thus, the state’s water supply is largely dependent on the health of Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality.

Join us as we head into the Sierra foothills and up to the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout California.

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Latest Western Water Examines How California Strives to Protect Water Amid a ‘Green Rush’ of Legal Cannabis

For decades, cannabis has been grown in California – hidden away in forested groves or surreptitiously harvested under the glare of high-intensity indoor lamps in suburban tract homes.

In the past 20 years, however, cannabis – known more widely as marijuana – has been moving from being a criminal activity to gaining legitimacy as one of the hundreds of cash crops in the state’s $46 billion-dollar agriculture industry, first legalized for medicinal purposes and this year for recreational use.

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Bay-Delta Tour Is A Don’t-Miss Opportunity to Explore California’s Vital Water Hub May 16 – 18
Hear diverse views and go behind the scenes on our popular tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay

Experts will present at scenic and historic locations throughout the Bay- Delta estuary system.The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the West Coast’s largest estuary and a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system. It’s also a rich farming area, an important wetlands – and an ecologically troubled region. 

On our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, participants will hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance. The controversial tunnels project, which would carry water beneath the Delta, got a boost last week when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to cover nearly $11 billion of the construction cost.

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Learn How New Data Can Strengthen Drought Preparedness at April 19 Workshop in San Pedro
Event to feature new research on tree rings and sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting; a few tickets still left

Lake Cachuma in droughtThis winter’s wild swings in weather – an early lack of rain, then late-season Sierra snowstorms, followed by a torrent of subtropical moisture – shows the need in California for long-range tools to better manage water supply.

At a Paleo Drought Workshop in San Pedro on April 19, six experts will discuss research on centuries-long precipitation and streamflow records, new forecasting tools and planning strategies to help reduce Southern California’s vulnerability to drought. 

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Explore California’s Vital Water Hub on Our Popular Bay-Delta Tour
Early bird price for the May 16-18 tour ends Monday

A lecture at a stop on the Water Education Foundation's Bay-Delta Tour.The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast, is a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system as well as a rich farming region, an important wetlands area – and often, a source of conflict.

Our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, will allow participants to hear from a diverse group of experts, including water managers, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists who will offer different perspectives on the proposed tunnels project, efforts to revitalize the Delta, and risks that threaten its delicate ecological balance. (The controversial tunnels project got a boost this week when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to cover nearly $11 billion of the construction cost).

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Water Education Foundation’s 35th Annual Water Summit Set for Sept. 20
Mark your calendar and grab a coveted sponsorship spot for the Water Summit

Formerly known as the Executive Briefing, this year’s Water Summit will feature top policymakers and others sharing the latest information on key issues affecting water in California and the Southwest.

The day-long event on Sept. 20 is the Foundation’s premiere event of the year, and will be held at the Westin Riverside in Sacramento. Look for more details and speaker announcements coming soon!

In the meantime, secure a sponsorship opportunity and gain publicity for your organization by sponsoring lunch or the evening reception along the beautiful Sacramento River.

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Latest Western Water Examines Two Multibillion-Dollar Water-Related Bonds Heading to 2018 Ballots
Bond measures would set aside money for vexing water issues, but no money for new surface storage

California voters may do a double-take this year when they step in the voting booth. Two separate water-related bonds are headed to the polls – one in June, another in November.

Western Water writer Gary Pitzer sifts through the two bond measures, totaling $13 billion, to explain what they would fund, who’s behind them and how they came together.

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Learn What New Tree-Ring Studies Reveal about Drought Patterns in Southern California
Also hear about efforts to improve weather forecasting, drought preparedness at April 19th workshop in San Pedro

University of Arizona research professor removes tree core sample from bigcone Douglas fir tree.Learn what new tree-ring studies in Southern California watersheds reveal about drought, hear about efforts to improve subseasonal to seasonal weather forecasting and get the latest on climate change impacts that will alter drought vulnerability in the future.

At our Paleo Drought Workshop on April 19th in San Pedro, you will hear from experts at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Arizona and California Department of Water Resources.

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Learn About Efforts to Improve Weather Forecasting at San Pedro Drought Workshop
Agenda for April 19 event just posted; check out other topics, speakers

Dramatic swings in weather patterns over the past few years in California are stark reminders of climate variability and regional vulnerability. Alternating years of drought and intense rain events make long-term planning for storing and distributing water a challenging task.

Current weather forecasting capabilities provide details for short time horizons. Attend the Paleo Drought Workshop in San Pedro on April 19 to learn more about research efforts to improve sub-seasonal to seasonal precipitation forecasting, known as S2S, and how those models could provide more useful weather scenarios for resource managers.

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Enjoy Water History, Cultural Treats and Locales During Lower Colorado River Tour
Three-day tour of the ‘lifeblood of the Southwest’ starts April 11

Enjoy a guided boat cruise through Copper Basin on our Lower Colorado River Tour.On our upcoming Lower Colorado River Tour, you will not only meet water experts across the Southwest and tour key infrastructure such as Hoover Dam, but also enjoy recreational and cultural attractions.

Have you ever tasted a date shake? This treat is exclusive to California’s southeast corner, where the Coachella Valley is known as the nation’s largest date-growing region. You’ll have the chance to enjoy one as we make a pit stop at a farm store.

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Latest Western Water Talks Salton Sea, Clean Water With New State Board Member; Explores the Historic Delta

State Water Resources Control Board member Joaquin EsquivelOne year into the job, State Water Resources Control Board member Joaquin Esquivel has been struck by the complexity of the board’s work and how difficult it is to set statewide policy that accounts for the geographic and stakeholder diversity of California. 

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Expand Your Water Knowledge and Save Money Today on World Water Day
Special one-day discount offered for water maps, layperson's guides and more

Three water mapsWorld Water Day is today, March 22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special 20 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, layperson’s guides and other water publications.

Use the promo code WORLDWATERDAY when checking out of our online shopping store.

Our Colorado River Basin map explores the many water supply uses – and challenges – along the “Lifeline of the Southwest.” We also have Layperson’s Guides to the Colorado River and the Colorado River Delta.

Our California Water Map highlights the dams, reservoirs, canals, rivers, lakes and other water bodies throughout the state and shows how water moves through California. Another recently updated map is the California Groundwater Map, which illustrates how groundwater works, the locations of groundwater basins around the state and the challenges from overuse.

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Meager Snowfall in the Rockies Extends Drought Conditions Along Colorado River
Experts offer updates on latest conditions and forecasts during Lower Colorado River Tour April 11-13

A drought has lingered in the Colorado River Basin since 2000, causing reservoir storage to decline from nearly full to about half of capacity. So far this year, a meager snowpack in the Rocky Mountains hasn’t helped much.

In fact, forecasters say this winter will likely go down as the sixth-driest on record for the river system that supplies water to seven states, including California, and Mexico.

On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, you will meet with water managers from the three Lower Basin states: Nevada, Arizona and California. The three states are working to finalize a Drought Contingency Plan to take voluntary cuts to keep Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, from hitting critical levels and causing a shortage declaration.

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Predicting Climate Change and Drought Patterns – New Tools for Water Managers
Learn the latest about climate change and precipitation forecasting at April 19th workshop in San Pedro

Drought conditions on display in reservoirCalifornia mandates, such as Executive Order B-37-16, require urban water agencies to develop contingency plans for more frequent and severe drought conditions. How can Southern California agencies most effectively do this in the face of uncertainty?

Researchers and climatologists are constantly improving their ability to predict weather patterns such as atmospheric rivers. Participants at the April 19th Paleo Drought Workshop in San Pedro will learn the latest in seasonal and sub-seasonal precipitation forecasting from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Researcher Mike Deflorio.

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Expand Your Water Knowledge and Save Money Tomorrow on World Water Day
Special one-day discount offered for water maps, layperson's guides and more

World Water Day is March 22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special 20 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, layperson’s guides and other water publications.

Use the promo code WORLDWATERDAY when checking out of our online shopping store.

Our Colorado River Basin map explores the many water supply uses – and challenges – along the “Lifeline of the Southwest.” We also have Layperson’s Guides to the Colorado River and the Colorado River Delta.

Our California Water Map highlights the dams, reservoirs, canals, rivers, lakes and other water bodies throughout the state and shows how water moves through California. Another recently updated map is the California Groundwater Map, which illustrates how groundwater works, the locations of groundwater basins around the state and the challenges from overuse.

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Improve Drought Preparedness By Digging into the Past at April 19th Workshop in San Pedro
Learn new details about historic droughts in Southern California watersheds and how they provide insight on water management today

Cracked dirt as in a droughtCalifornia’s 2012-2016 drought revealed vulnerabilities for water users throughout the state, and the long-term record suggests more challenges may lie ahead.  

An April 19 workshop in San Pedro will highlight new information about drought durations in Southern California watersheds dating back centuries.

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Explore Ecological Challenges Facing the Salton Sea on our Lower Colorado River Tour April 11-13
Participants see important stop on Pacific Flyway and hear experts on efforts to aid state’s largest inland body of water

Shore birds at the Salton SeaThe Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, is struggling ecologically and shrinking as water is transferred from surrounding desert farms to San Diego County.

On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, we will visit this fragile ecosystem that harbors 400 bird species and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea, including managers of the Imperial Irrigation District, the Salton Sea Authority and California’s appointed “Sea Czar,” assistant secretary on Salton Sea policy Bruce Wilcox.

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Latest Western Water Looks at Giving the Homeless a Voice On Water, and Rafting Down the Colorado River
Southern California ethnographic study believed to be one of the first of its kind in California

Angel Stadium homeless encampmentThe homeless face myriad challenges, not the least of which is gaining access to clean water for drinking and sanitation. Western Water writer Gary Pitzer takes a look at a new effort in Southern California that could help water agencies find solutions to the vexing challenges the homeless face in gaining access to clean water.

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