Time is running out to register
for this week’s Water
101 Workshop, which offers a primer on California’s
water history, laws, geography and politics.
One of our most popular events, this once-a-year workshop will be
held as an engaging online event on the afternoons of
Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23.
California’s water basics will be covered by some of the state’s
leading policy and legal experts, and participants will have an
opportunity to engage with the guest speakers individually
during live Q&A in breakout rooms.
Our two-day Water
101 Workshop begins on Earth Day, when you can
gain a deeper understanding of California’s most precious
One of our most popular events, the once-a-year workshop will be
held as an engaging online event on the afternoons of Thursday,
April 22 and Friday, April 23. California’s water basics will be
covered by some of the state’s leading policy and legal experts,
including the history, geography, legal and political facets of
water in the state, as well a look at hot topics and current
issues of concern.
Registration is now open for our May 20 virtual Lower Colorado
River Tour! Learn about the role this ‘lifeblood of
the Southwest’ plays in the three Lower Basin states of Nevada,
Arizona and California, and how its water helps to sustain
their cities, farms and wildlife areas.
The 24-page guide explores the history of the Central Valley
Project, from its roots as a state water project that stalled
amid the Great Depression to its development as a federal project
that stretches from Shasta Dam in far Northern California to
Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
Join us in early May for a
virtual open house and happy hour event to meet our staff, learn
how we pivoted last year amid the coronavirus pandemic and find
out what we have planned for later this year to foster
understanding of California’s most precious natural resource -
During the May 6 open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m., you will be
able to enter chatrooms and speak to our executive director and staff
about our water tours, conferences, maps, publications and
training programs for teachers and up-and-coming community
leaders involved in water. You’ll also be able to learn more
about how you can support our work.
From the very first gold miners
making claims to divert streams in the Sierra Nevada foothills to
the later wrangling that enabled irrigation of Central Valley
farmland and drinking water to be sent to growing cities in
California, water rights are an indispensable cornerstone of the
state’s water supply and delivery system.
But they can also be complex, and gaining an understanding of
their history at our Water
101 Workshop in April will provide context for
issues that could come up in the future. In the last drought, for
example, the state curtailed some water rights as surface
supplies became more scarce.
Each year, the Board of Directors of
the Water Education Foundation votes to accept a member of
the graduating Water
Leaders class to join the board for a
For the 2020 class, the board selected Carl B. Evers III,
vice president of water resources for Hancock Natural
Resource Group, where he is responsible for the management of
water policy at the state and national level for the company’s
agricultural investments in the western United States.
Explore the Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta, one of California’s most vital ecological and water
resources, with a special
discounted education bundle that includes our
brand-new Delta Map and our recently updated Layperson’s Guide to
Purchased separately, the map retails for $20 and the guide sells
for $15. But with our Delta Education Bundle you can get
both items for just $30.
Our map of the Sacramento-San
Joaquin River Delta has been updated with a fresh, new look and
new text and images to better tell the story of one of
California’s most important ecological and water supply
map explores the Delta’s importance as a haven for
birds, fish and other wildlife, its vital role in moving water to
farms and cities across California, and the array of challenges
facing the Delta’s present and future. The map also highlights
life in the Delta, including its role as a farming region and its
attractions for fishermen, boaters and others looking for
Learn from top water experts at our
101 Workshop about the history, hydrology and
law behind California water as well as hot topics such as water
equity, the Delta and flows, new federal
administration and more.
This year’s workshop, set for April 22-23, will be held virtually
and feature a presentation devoted
solely to groundwater. In a typical year, groundwater
quenches some 40 percent of the state’s freshwater needs, and 85
percent of Californians depend on groundwater for at least
portion of their drinking water supply. With California using
more groundwater than any other state, participants will learn
how all this affects efforts to comply with the state’s 2014
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
Mark your calendars now for our
virtual Lower Colorado River Tour on May 20 to
learn about the important role the river’s water plays in the
three Lower Basin states of Nevada, Arizona and California, and
how it helps to sustain their cities, wildlife areas and farms.
Registration is coming soon!
This virtual journey will cover a stretch of the Colorado
River from Hoover Dam and its reservoir Lake Mead, the
nation’s tallest concrete dam and largest reservoir
respectively, down to the U.S./Mexico border and up to the
Registration is now open for one of
our most popular events, the Water
101 Workshop, to be held this year virtually on the
afternoons of April 22-23.
The annual workshop serves as a refresher for more veteran water
professionals and a good statewide primer for others.
Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the
state’s most precious natural resource.
to mid-career water professionals from across California
have been chosen for the 2021 William R. Gianelli Water
Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly
competitive and respected career development program.
The Water Leaders class includes engineers, lawyers, resource
specialists, scientists and others from a range of public and
private entities and nongovernmental organizations from
throughout the state. The roster for the 2021
class can be found here.
Our daily news aggregation known as
Aquafornia keeps you
up-to-date on the most pressing water issues in California and
across the West.
Curated by veteran journalist Alastair Bland and
managed by the Foundation’s news and publications director
Beeman, Aquafornia gives you the latest articles on
groundwater, Delta issues, the Colorado River and more through an
easy-to-scan headline format.
Groundwater keeps the San Joaquin
Valley’s orchards, vineyards and fields vibrant and supports a
multibillion-dollar agricultural economy. But that bounty has
come at a price. Overpumping of groundwater has depleted
aquifers, dried up household wells and degraded ecosystems.
Now, hundreds of agencies in California have the task
of making things right in their respective groundwater
basins. The latest Western Water news is a
special report exploring how two different farming
regions in the San Joaquin Valley are approaching the problem and
their proposed solutions to achieve groundwater
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Water Education Foundation
team continues to churn out water news, maps
that provide visual context to key water topics and guides that
help deepen your understanding of California’s most precious
In any given year, whether it’s a wet
winter or a dry one, groundwater is a critical source of water
for California, providing 40 percent to 60 percent of the state’s
supply. Some areas of the state are entirely dependent on
To help you learn more about the importance of groundwater, the
Water Education Foundation has an array of educational materials
on this vital resource. And next week, the Foundation’s flagship
Water news, will publish a special report
examining how two local groundwater agencies are taking different
approaches to achieve sustainability in the San Joaquin Valley,
one of the most critically overdrafted regions in the state. You
can sign up here to be
alerted when this special report is published.
Our 2020 Water Leaders class
completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations
for adapting California water management to climate change.
The class of
23 up-and-coming leaders from various
stakeholder groups and backgrounds – engineers, attorneys,
planners, farmers, environmentalists and scientists - had
full editorial control to choose recommendations.
For nearly a full year, the ongoing pandemic has disrupted the daily lives of many. Keeping students engaged in their education despite school closures and the limitations of distance learning has been a challenge for teachers, professors, parents and educators at water districts.
For those interested in online educational resources for water, we continue to provide a variety of videos and materials, as well as updates and other water-related information about the COVID-19 pandemic.