Learn about the people, places and plans behind regional water management at the Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit to be held April 12 in Sacramento. The keynote speaker is California Water Commissioner David Orth, principal of New Current Water and Land, LLC. Check out the rest of the agenda here.
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 foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout California.
A new Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Delta is now available from the Water Education Foundation. This 24-page publication provides readers with the facts about the past, present and future of this once-vast wetlands area at the end of the Colorado River near the Gulf of Mexico.
Also now available to the readers of this acclaimed series: a revised and updated Layperson’s Guide to Groundwater. Expanded to 28 pages, this version of this popular title now includes more information about groundwater overdraft and subsidence, and explains efforts underway to implement California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Robert B. Maddow, a distinguished attorney known in California for his work in water rights, water supply and recycled water, will give the annual Anne J. Schneider Lecture on water law and policy April 12 at the Crocker Art Museum.
Maddow will speak on “Anne’s New Paradigm for Sound Water and Natural Resources Policy – Creative Thinking Needed.” A discussion following the lecture will be led by State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus.
Recently, flood waters have torn through residential neighborhoods, roads and both spillways of our largest dam, which has led to many Californians asking the obvious questions – Isn’t the drought over and why hasn’t the state lifted the drought restrictions?
Join us to discuss the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, we can find resilient solutions to improve the quality and reliability of the region’s water supply.
Leading water experts from across the watershed and California will discuss:
Since 2000, the Colorado River Basin has experienced an historic, extended drought causing reservoir storage in the Colorado River system to decline from nearly full to about half of capacity. For the Lower Basin, a key point has been to maintain the level of Lake Mead to prevent a shortage declaration.
A healthy snowfall in the Rockies has reduced the odds of a shortage this year, but the basin states still must come to terms with a static supply and growing demands, as well as future impacts from climate change.
On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 5-7, you will meet with water managers from the three Lower Basin states: Nevada, Arizona and California. Federal, state and local agencies will update you on the latest hydrologic conditions and how recent storms might change plans for water supply and storage.
Highlighting the Water Education Foundation’s annual Executive Briefing on March 23 is a lunch-time address by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
The committee is the California Senate’s main policy venue for what is currently a substantial slate of legislation, from a proposed water bond (which the committee approved this week), to bills related to new storage, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, groundwater and flood management infrastructure in the wake of the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam.
Attending our annual Executive Briefing on March 23 is more than just hearing in-depth discussions on the hottest water topics.
Mingle and network with attendees at the hosted reception after the conference, and bid throughout the day on some fun outings and baskets of California products during an auction that benefits our Water Leaders program.
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.