Past Events


Archive of Past Events

Foundation Event

Test-Run a User’s Guide to Delta Restoration

The Delta Landscapes Project (funded by California Department of Fish & Wildlife) offers new insights into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, examining how to achieve better restoration outcomes by understanding how the natural systems originally functioned.

Given the complexities of the restoration efforts and the large number of agencies and stakeholders involved, in-person dialog among restoration practitioners, landowners and regulators is necessary to adapt the scientific findings into a usable framework for on-the-ground decision-making.

Civic Center Galleria
1110 West Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691

2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference examined pressing issues key to the watershed that spans Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The daylong event was held on May 25 at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario.

Participants heard about the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, the region can find resilient solutions to  improve the quality and reliability of the local water supply.

Ontario Convention Center
2000 E Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Foundation Event

Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit

This half-day workshop in Sacramento brought together regional water and land use leaders from across the state to discuss challenges and opportunities related to:

  • Establishing governance for groundwater management
  • Developing groundwater management and other water management plans
  • Improving regulatory processes and securing sustainable funding – all necessary ingredients for achieving sustainable water balance
Sacramento Convention Center, Room 202
1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2017 Executive Briefing
Sen. Robert Hertzberg gave keynote lunch address; experts addressed Oroville spillway, dam safety and flood management

With a theme focusing on “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing was held March 23 in Sacramento. The event examined new approaches to water management, tools to extend supplies, plans to prepare for drought, and the intersection between politics and policy.

This premiere water conference offered participants the opportunity to hear from top policymakers and leading stakeholders on key water topics:

Foundation Event

2017 Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond

One of our most popular events, Water 101 details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.

Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop with an optional second half-day gave attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

Foundation Event

Drought and the Delta

Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers, reservoirs and groundwater. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural center and a crucial ecological resource – hasn’t been immune from the impacts of the prolonged drought.

More than 120 people attended this free one-day briefing held in Stockton on Oct. 25, 2016. The event was cosponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy.

International Groundwater Conference
Karen Ross, Gordon Burns among the more than 150 speakers at #AgGroundwater conference linking science and policy in San Francisco

Organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair, Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy provided scientists, policymakers, agricultural and environmental stakeholders, government officials and consultants with the latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world.

Check out the UC Davis website for more information and a program for the 2016 conference. You can also read the abstracts here. On Twitter, check the hashtag #AgGroundwater for tweets about the conference.

Groundwater is the lifeline for many rural and agricultural regions and their associated cultures and populations around the globe and a cornerstone of global food production. Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world’s drinking water and much of the world’s irrigation water supply.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010
Foundation Event

Water Year 2016: San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Conditions

Although water year 2016 is an improvement over the previous four severely dry years drought conditions persist, with low water allocations for many San Joaquin Valley agricultural water users. Valley groundwater levels continue to decline as surface water shortages are made up by groundwater pumping.

University Business Center
CSU Fresno
Fresno, CA
Foundation Event

Drought-Tolerant Landscape Workshop

This free one-day workshop in Southern California was aimed at improving linkages between water agencies - water districts, and city water departments and utility districts – and the nursery industry to facilitate implementation of urban low-water use landscaping.

The workshop included a field trip to a local wholesale/retail nursery known for its water-wise plants and demonstration gardens.

Speakers covered many topics including:

Foundation Event

Water Year 2016: The Challenges of Water Project Operations

Water year 2016 follows the four-year drought period of 2012-2015. State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project allocations were reduced last year as result of the severely dry hydrology. What are the plans for this year?

Hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, water project operations, and groundwater conditions were discussed at a special free briefing held April 26, 2016. Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation in cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology, the event was held at the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) in the University Business Center at CSU Fresno.

Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191)
University Business Center
CSU Fresno
Foundation Event

2016 Anne Schneider Lecture

Pat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and drought, was the guest speaker at the 2016 Anne Schneider Lecture on April 6.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Foundation Event

2016 Executive Briefing

The Water Education Foundation’s flagship event, the 33rd annual Executive Briefing, was held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento. The theme was “Defining the New Normal.” 

This is the go-to conference for water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county government officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.

Confirmed speakers included State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird.

Foundation Event

Dry, Wet or Average? The Challenges for Water Project Operations

Water year 2016 began with the potential for heavy El Niño rains that captured the attention of the public. State and federal officials knew that California’s drought-stricken reservoirs would not recover that quickly. 

Hydrologic conditions, precipitation patterns, the need for fishery flows, and forecasts of state and federal water project operations were all discussed at a special FREE briefing held February 23, 2016. Sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation, the briefing was held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Room 202.

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Room 204
Foundation Event

Water 101 Workshop
Learn the Basics and Beyond of this Critical Resource

Participants had an opportunity to learn from top experts at our popular Water 101 Workshop in the Sacramento area, held on February 4-5, 2016. This daylong workshop with an optional second, half-day offered the opportunity to learn about California water basics, hot topics and water district board member governance.

Foundation Event

The Challenges of the 2015 Drought: Water Project Operations

March 19 Briefing Cosponsored by California Department of Water Resources and Water Education Foundation

In cooperation with Center for Irrigation Technology at Fresno State

Water year 2015 follows the record-dry three-year period of 2012-2014. Last year’s severely dry hydrology resulted in water allocation cutbacks to State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project contractors. As we approach the end of 2015’s rainy season hydrologic conditions are better than last year, but drought impacts remain.

Fresno State
Fresno, CA
Foundation Event

2015 Water 101 Workshop: The Basics and Beyond
West Sacramento

This day-and-a-half course, typically offered once a year in Northern California, offered the opportunity to learn the California water basics, hot topics and water district board member governance.

Water 101 is open to anyone interested in learning more about the history of and the management structure of water in California, and about the key water issues facing the state – including the ongoing drought, the new groundwater law and the 2014 water bond.