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Support Water Education in California Through Workplace Giving
Foundation is now part of federal, state and private programs allowing donations through payroll deductions

It’s workplace giving season, the time of year when anyone in the workplace can show their support for the organizations and causes they love.

If you have come on one of our water tours, participated in our Water Leaders program or are a loyal reader of our Western Water articles or weekday Aquafornia water news feed, you can now support us though a payroll deduction at your workplace, whether it’s a federal or state agency or in the private-sector.

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Join the Waitlist for our Virtual Bay-Delta Tour to Get Priority ‘Seating’ for Encore Event
First of our fall virtual journeys has sold out; Save the dates for engaging online water events that remain

Virtual Bay Delta Tour scenes from shooting videoOur virtual Bay-Delta Tour set for tomorrow (Oct. 8) has sold out, but you can still join the waitlist and receive priority access to an encore Bay-Delta Tour event later this fall if there’s enough interest!

In addition to the Bay-Delta Tour, you can join us later this fall for other engaging virtual journeys into key water regions across California

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Applications for 2021 Water Leaders Class Coming Soon!
Program gives big-picture view of California, fosters deeper understanding of water and pairs class members with mentors

Water Leader alums (clockwise, from top left) Newsha Ajami, Martha Guzman Aceves, Dave Mooney, Sean MaguireFun, friendship, invaluable contacts, exposure to different viewpoints, core knowledge and a big-picture view of California water are all elements of our popular and respected Water Leaders program aimed at early to mid-career professionals.

Alums include Sean Maguire, State Water Resources Control Board member; Newsha Ajami, director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University’s Water in the West; Dave Mooney, Bay-Delta office manager, Bureau of Reclamation; and Martha Guzman Aceves, a commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission.

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2019 Annual Report Recaps Water Education Efforts in California And the West
Water Education Foundation report highlights year of accomplishment; gratitude to supporters

The Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2019 Annual Report takes readers along to see the array of educational events, trainings and articles we produced last year to create a better understanding of water resources in California and the Southwest.

The Annual Report, whose release was delayed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, recaps the Foundation’s efforts for the year in words and photos.

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Join the Waitlist for our Virtual Bay-Delta Tour to Get Priority ‘Seating’ for Encore Event
First of our fall virtual journeys has sold out; Save the dates for engaging online water events that remain

Virtual Bay Delta Tour scenes from shooting videoOur virtual Bay-Delta Tour set for Oct. 8 has sold out, but you can still join the waitlist in case ’seats’ open up.

Those who have signed up for the waitlist will receive priority access to an encore Bay-Delta Tour event later this fall if there’s enough interest!

In addition to the Bay-Delta Tour, you can join us later this fall for other engaging virtual journeys into key water regions across California. As part of each event, participants will receive one of our popular Layperson’s Guides and be entered into a drawing to win one of our beautiful water maps

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Grab Your Ticket for Virtual Journey into California’s Water Hub
See dates for all fall virtual journeys that include overview presentation, exclusive video tour screenings and live Q&A with experts

Join us this fall for engaging virtual journeys into key water regions across California, including our Oct. 8 Bay-Delta Tour.

Virtual Bay Delta Tour scenes from shooting videoEach tour event will include:

  • An overview presentation of the region’s critical topics
  • A guided video tour of key locations — farms, wetlands, dams and reservoirs, wildlife habitats — to gain a stronger understanding on a variety of water supply issues and the latest policy developments
  • Live Q&A with experts featured in the video so attendees can dive deeper into the topics

As part of each event, participants will receive one of our popular Layperson’s Guides and be entered into a drawing to win one of our beautiful water maps.

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Registration Open for Virtual Journey into Key California Water Region
Bay-Delta Tour includes overview presentation, exclusive video tour screening and live Q&A with experts on the state's vital water hub

Aerial view of a part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.Join us for an Oct. 8 virtual journey into California’s most critical and controversial water region in the state: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals, supports the state’s two large water systems – the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project – and together with the San Francisco Bay is an important ecological resource. 

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Project WET Offers Oct. 3 Hybrid Workshop for Educators in Sacramento Region
Check out other fall workshops on water science, geography, technology and more!

There’s still time for K-12 educators in the Sacramento region to sign up for an Oct. 3 workshop exploring activities to engage students in the study of local watersheds and their connections to the Pacific Ocean.

The workshop is part of Project WET (now called Water Education Today), an international, award-winning nonprofit water education program and publisher of materials geared toward K-12 educators. The Water Education Foundation is the coordinator for Project WET in California.

Register here by Sept. 25 for the Oct. 3 workshop that includes an online study at your own pace and a socially distanced field trip at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center along the American River. Cost is $18.00 (plus a nominal Eventbrite fee) and includes a copy of the Project WET 2.0 and Aquatic WILD guides.

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Latest Western Water Article Examines Major Report That Tries to Make Sense of Science Vital to the Colorado River’s Management
Report could improve understanding of Colorado River hydrology and aid water managers as they rewrite river's operating rules

Practically every drop of water that flows through the meadows, canyons and plains of the Colorado River Basin has reams of science attached to it.

Snowpack, streamflow and tree ring data all influence the crucial decisions that guide water management of the iconic Western river every day.

Our latest article in Western Water news examines a new report that synthesizes and provides context for that science and could aid water managers as they prepare to rewrite the operating rules for a river system so vital to the Southwestern United States and Mexico.

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Foundation Unveils New Water Equity Page and Newsfeed, Publishes Disadvantaged Communities Handbook
Handbook aimed at helping with engagement to solve water problems

water faucet with a drip of waterIn California and across the West, some people face persistent challenges in trying to gain access to safe, reliable and affordable water to meet their everyday needs. In some cases, people are left without water as wells run dry during drought or they have no access at all to running water – a troubling deficit when hand washing is touted as necessary to protect against the coronavirus pandemic. Communities of color are most often burdened by these challenges.

Layperson's Guide to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
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From Virtual Tours to Instagram to a New Layperson’s Guide, Our Team Is Adding Ways to Learn About Water In California and the West

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Water Education Foundation team has been busy continuing to provide educational opportunities, adding to our social media channels and making it easier for graduates of our Water Leaders program to connect.

And, as we continue to work remotely, you can find out here how to email our team for various questions.

Here’s a recap of the last few months and what’s available for you:

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Join Your Favorite Tour Guide on a Virtual Journey of a Sierra Watershed
Aug. 6 Headwaters Tour includes exclusive screening and live Q&A with scientists, water managers and others

Our water tours are lauded because they are both fun and educational. You can still experience both Aug. 6 when your favorite tour guide Nick Gray takes you on a virtual journey across a Sierra watershed during our Headwaters Tour.

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Registration Open for Virtual Journey of Sierra Watershed
Join us Aug. 6 for an exclusive screening and live Q&A with scientists, water managers and others

The American River Registration is now open for our virtual Headwaters Tour with an exclusive screening of a video that takes viewers on a journey across the upper watershed of a major Sierra-fed river to learn the important role forests play in California’s water supply.

You’ll go to the crest of the Sierras to learn how the state measures snowpack, to a meadow restoration deep in the forest and along the American River in the foothills where water is diverted for homes. 

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Follow Us on New Instagram Page, Other Social Media Channels
Posts keep you up-to-date on water news, events and issues critical to water in California and across the West

Instagram iconFollow us on social media channels, including a just-launched Instagram page to learn about issues key to understanding water and what the Water Education Foundation is up to.

We regularly post on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Now we are hosting an Instagram page to cast a wider net in our efforts to educate the public about critical water resource information.

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Latest Western Water Examines State’s Effort to Preserve Salton Sea, California’s Largest Lake
Dust suppression, habitat are key elements in long-term plan to aid sea, whose ills have been a sore point in Colorado River management

Birds gather at Red Hill Bay in the southern end of the Salton Sea.The Salton Sea in California’s far southeast corner has challenged policymakers and local agencies alike to save the desert lake – a vital stopover for migrating birds – from becoming a fetid, hyper-saline water body inhospitable to wildlife and surrounded by clouds of lung-choking dust.

The state of California, long derided for its failure to act in the past, says it is now moving full-bore to address the sea’s problems, with ambitious plans for wildlife habitat expansion and dust suppression.

The latest article in Western Water examines the state’s efforts, the longstanding concerns of people living and working around the Salton Sea and how those concerns are affecting Colorado River management. 

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Headwaters Tour of Sierra Watershed Transitions to Virtual Journey
Join us Aug. 6 for an exclusive screening and live Q&A with speakers

Behind the scenes with the Foundation team capturing video for the tourOur Headwaters Tour is going virtual next month with an exclusive screening of a video that takes viewers across the upper watershed of a major Sierra-fed river to learn the important role forests play in California’s water supply.

You’ll go to the crest of the Sierras to learn how the state measures snowpack, to a meadow restoration deep in the forest and along the American River in the foothills where water is diverted for homes. 

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Updated Layperson’s Guide Explores Vital Role Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plays For State’s Water, Ecology & Farms
Newly updated, the tenth edition of the Guide offers a "mini-textbook" to history, key issues and challenges

Our popular Layperson’s Guide to the Delta has just been updated to reflect the latest information about efforts to reconcile ecosystem needs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with its role as California’s vital water delivery hub as well as its place as an important agricultural region and a popular recreation destination.

The Delta is the largest freshwater tidal estuary on the West Coast and is a unique resource and distinct feature of Northern California’s landscape. The water that flows through the Delta provides a significant portion of drinking water for more than 29 million Californians, serves a $50 billion agricultural industry, is home to native and nonnative plants and animals and is a crucial part of the state’s two largest surface water delivery systems – the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

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Water Leaders Alumni: Stay In Touch With Each Other and The Foundation
Join LinkedIn alumni group for networking, program news and more!

Since 1997, more than 430 engineers, farmers, environmentalists, lawyers, and others have graduated from our William R. Gianelli Water Leaders program. We’ve developed a new alumni network webpage to help program participants connect and keep in touch.

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Learn More About Key Upper Colorado River Basin Water Manager in Latest Western Water Q&A
Meet Becky Mitchell of Colorado, the headwaters state for a major water source for California

Becky Mitchell, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.Colorado is home to the headwaters of the Colorado River and the water policy decisions made in the Centennial State reverberate throughout the river’s sprawling basin that stretches south to California, Arizona and Mexico.

The task of working with interstate partners to address the challenges of the Colorado River Basin while balancing competing water demands within the state of Colorado rests largely with Becky Mitchell, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

In the latest article in Western Water, Mitchell talked about her state’s plan to address an expected water supply shortfall, climate risks and the prospects for future Colorado River operations as the river system deals with prolonged drought.

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Join Online Groundwater Short Course Starting May 21st
See our events calendar for details & register today!

An online short course starting Thursday will provide registrants the opportunity to learn more about how groundwater is monitored, assessed and sustainably managed.

The class, offered by UC Davis and several other organizations in cooperation with the Water Education Foundation, will be held May 21 and 28, June 4, 18, and 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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