The Foundation


About Us

Facing the challenges of sustainably managing and sharing water — our most precious natural resource — requires collaboration, education and outreach. The Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit that was founded in 1977 in the midst of a deep drought, has put water resource issues in California and the West in context to inspire a deep understanding of and appreciation for water.

Taking a steady pulse of the water world, the Foundation offers educational materials, tours of key watersheds, water news, water leadership training and conferences that bring together diverse voices. By providing tools and platforms for engagement with wide audiences, our team aims to help build sound and collective solutions to water issues.

The Water Education Foundation garnered Candid, GuideStar’s Platinum Seal, which is awarded to nonprofits that achieve the highest level of transparency for donors.


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Support the Water Education Foundation

The Water Education Foundation is the only impartial organization educating people about water issues in California and the Southwest.

We want to be your resource for in-depth, impartial information on drought, water rights, environmental restoration and water quality. Your annual contribution helps us to publish Western Water news, which examines pressing issues in California and along the Colorado River; continue adding terms to Aquapedia, our online water encyclopedia; maintain our daily news update on Aquafornia; publish new titles in our Layperson’s Guide series and update them; help develop the next generation of water leaders with our leadership programs in California and the Colorado River Basin; conduct tours of key water sites in California and the Southwest, and organize special events. Funds from our contributors also support our K-12 school programs, which annually reach more than 200,000 students.

Contact Us

The Water Education Foundation is located at 2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento CA 95833.

We are open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but please call/email before coming to visit or pick up materials.

Our phone number is 916-444-6240 but the best way to reach us is via email as we continue to work in a hybrid fashion – in the office and remotely from home.

If you have any questions, please see the topics below to find out whom to email: