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Registration Now Open for Popular Northern California Tour; Join our Team as Operations Manager
Journey into the Sierra Nevada on our Headwaters Tour; Save the Date for our Annual Water Summit

Registration Now Open for Northern California Tour: October 16-18

Registration is now open for our popular Northern California Tour October 16-18, and seats always fill quickly! This 3-day, 2-night excursion across the Sacramento Valley travels north from Sacramento to Oroville, Redding and Shasta Lake.


2024’s First Major Heat Wave Highlights the Important Topic of Sierra Snowpack During July Headwaters Tour
Explore the Role of Forest Health & Management in Water Supply & Quality Statewide July 24-25

With temperatures spiking across California this week, now is a great time to reserve your spot on our Headwaters Tour July 24-25 when we’ll explore the role of the Sierra Nevada snowpack in the state’s water supply and how heatwaves can accelerate snowmelt.


July Headwaters Tour Filling Up Quickly; Save The Dates for Water Summit, NorCal Tour in the Fall
Our 2023 Annual Report is Hot Off the Press!; Last Call for June International Groundwater Conference

As we head into summer, don’t miss your chance to explore the statewide impact of forest health on water resources in July and be sure to mark your calendars for our popular fall programming!

  • Northern California Tour, October 16-18: Explore the Sacramento River and its tributaries through a scenic landscape while learning about the issues associated with a key source for the state’s water supply. Registration opens June 12!
  • Water Summit, October 30: Attend the Water Education Foundation’s premier annual event hosted in Sacramento with leading policymakers and experts addressing critical water issues in California and across the West. More details coming soon!

Journalist & Author Mark Arax to Provide Keynote Address at 3ʳᵈ International Groundwater Conference in June
Unique Gathering in San Francisco to Examine Groundwater Science & Policy in Agricultural Regions Worldwide

Mark Arax, an award-winning journalist and author of books chronicling agriculture and water issues in California’s Central Valley, will provide the keynote talk at an international groundwater conference next month.

The event, Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: The 3ʳᵈ International Conference Linking Science & Policy, returns to San Francisco June 18-20 for the first time since 2016 and will highlight advances on sustaining groundwater in agricultural regions across California and around the world.

View the draft program and register while space is available, including the free pre-conference workshops on Monday, June 17.


International Conference to Address Groundwater Challenges and Successes in Agricultural Regions
Grab a Coveted Sponsor or Exhibitor Spot at this Unique Gathering in San Francisco

Groundwater basins in California and across the world are the source for much of the water that grows our food. But many challenges come with groundwater: Keeping use sustainable, nitrate contamination and impacts from climate change.

The world’s top scientists, policymakers and experts will be addressing these topics June 18-20 in San Francisco at the  3ʳᵈ International Groundwater Conference Linking Science & Policy, along with the latest advancements on groundwater demand management, conjuctive use, managed aquifer recharge, groundwater governance and emerging artificial intelligence resources related to groundwater and agriculture.

Learn more about the topics by viewing the draft program here.


Support Your Favorite Water Nonprofit Today on Big Day of Giving!

We are midway through Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour regional fundraising event that benefits our tours, workshops and publications that educate about floods, drought, groundwater, climate change and more!

You have until midnight to make a donation that will help keep the Water Education Foundation as a go-to resource for in-depth, impartial information about water in California and the West.

If you have had the amazing opportunity to attend one of our water tours, enjoyed reading our Western Water articles, or have purchased any of our beautiful water maps or Layperson’s Guides, you can show your appreciation by helping us reach our $15,000 goal!

Donate here on our campaign page. We have $7,931 to go!


There’s Still Time to Support Your Favorite Water Nonprofit on Big Day of Giving
You have until midnight to donate!

Big Day of Giving is nearly over but you still have until midnight to support the Water Education Foundation’s tours, workshops, publications and other programs with a donation to help us reach our $15,000 fundraising goal - we are only $6,405 away!

At the Foundation, we believe that education is as precious as water. Your donations help us every day to teach K-12 educators how to bring water science into the classroom and to empower future decision-makers through our professional development programs.

Our portfolio of programs reach many people and in many different ways:


Big Day of Giving is Here! Make a BIG Splash for Water Education with a Donation
And join us today from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for our open house

Today is Big Day of Giving! Your donation will help the Water Education Foundation continue its work to enhance public understanding of our most precious natural resource in in California and across the West – water.

Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour regional fundraising event that has profound benefits for our educational programs and publications on drought, floods, groundwater, and the importance of headwaters in California and the Colorado River Basin.

Your tax-deductible donation of any size helps support our tours, scholarships, teacher training workshops, free access to our daily water newsfeed and more. You have until midnight to help us reach our $15,000 fundraising goal!

Donate here by midnight!

Registration Open for July Headwaters Tour; Support Our Work on the Big Day of Giving; All Water Maps on Sale!
Grab a Coveted Sponsor or Exhibitor Spot at International Groundwater Conference

Make a Splash with a Big Day of Giving Gift!

Big Day of Giving is just around the corner! Your donation helps support scholarships for our tours, events & workshops, expand Project WET teacher trainings throughout California, provide free public access to our Western Water news coverage, updates to our Layperson’s Guides and more!

Donate today or anytime through May 2 to help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000!


FLASH SALE: Water Maps & Guides on Sale for Nation Environmental Education Week
20 Percent Discount Good Through April 27

Our popular water maps don the office walls of many in the water world, and our Layperson’s Guides are the go-to resource for impartial overviews of key water topics and landmarks across California and the Southwest.

In recognition of Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week, we’re offering a 20 percent discount through April 27 on these educational products:

Take advantage of our discounted prices today! Sale ends Saturday! 


Early ‘Big Day of Giving’ Begins Today!

There is no need to wait to show your love for the Water Education Foundation! Starting today, you can donate to our Big Day of Giving campaign and help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000 by May 2.

Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online fundraising marathon for nonprofits. Donations will benefit our programs and publications across California and the West.


International Groundwater Conference Returns to San Francisco for First Time Since 2016
Grab a Coveted Sponsor or Exhibitor Spot at this Unique Gathering about Groundwater and Agriculture

The Foundation’s Central Valley Tour at the end of April is nearing capacity and while there’s still some space on the tour, there’s another very exciting opportunity on the horizon this summer to engage directly with groundwater experts from California and across the world.


Join Our Once-A-Year Central Valley Tour; Registration Coming Soon for Headwaters Tour; Save the Date for NorCal Tour
International Groundwater Conference Returns to San Francisco for First Time Since 2016

The Foundation’s Bay-Delta Tour in May has already sold out, so don’t miss out on the remaining opportunities this spring and summer to visit important regions in the state’s water story firsthand and engage directly with water experts in California and from across the world.

Central Valley Tour: April 24-26

NEARING CAPACITY! Only a few seats remain on the bus for our Central Valley Tour that travels the length of the San Joaquin Valley to explore the challenges of sustaining one of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions. Participants will visit farms and some of the state’s major infrastructure, such as Friant Dam and San Luis Reservoir, as well as the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, a major wintering ground and migratory stopover point for large concentrations of waterfowl and shorebirds. Register here before tickets are gone!


Rising Stars Selected for 2024 Colorado River Water Leaders
Cohort to Study Augmentation Potential in Basin

Thirteen early to mid-career water professionals from across the West have been chosen to participate in the Water Education Foundation’s 2024 Colorado River Water Leaders cohort.

Like our California Water Leaders program, the Colorado River Water Leaders cohort includes engineers, lawyers, resource specialists, scientists and others working for public, private and nongovernmental organizations from across the river’s basin in the United States and Mexico. The 2024 cohort roster can be found here.


Last Call for Water 101 Workshop; Upcoming Tours of Key Water Regions Nearly Sold Out
Meet our Team at an Open House; Program Posted for International Groundwater Conference

Spring is a busy time at the Water Education Foundation! Don’t miss these upcoming opportunities to visit important regions in the state’s water story firsthand and engage directly with water experts in California and across the world. Plus, you can meet our team in person at our annual open house to learn more about how we educate and foster understanding of California’s most precious natural resource — water!

Water 101 Workshop: April 5

Last call to register for our Water 101 Workshop, an annual daylong course on California water hosted at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento! View an agenda here for our popular workshop that details the history, geography and the legal and political facets of water in California. Plus, workshop participants are invited to grab one of the few remaining seats on the optional groundwater tour April 4. Find more details and register here by this Friday, March 29!


Foundation’s Journalism Team Brings You the Day’s Top Water News
Free Resources Like Aquafornia Keep You Current on Water across California and the West

Removal of Copco 2 dam on Klamath River, 2023As our programs team at the Water Education Foundation organizes annual events like next week’s Water 101 Workshop, our journalism team raises water awareness daily through Aquafornia, our water newsfeed that helps you stay current.

Our journalists – Nick Cahill, Chris Bowman, Alastair Bland and Jenn Bowles – have covered water-related news for years, making them ideal curators of the most important and interesting water stories from around California and the West.


Attend Our Open House May 2; New Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Hot Off the Press; Register for Water 101 Before It’s Sold Out

New Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Basin

The Water Education Foundation’s 10th edition of the Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Basin is hot off the press and available for purchase.

Updated and redesigned, the 28-page guide is a solid, easy-to-read primer on one of the world’s most dramatic and developed rivers.


Upcoming Workshops, Tours and International Conference to Focus on Groundwater
Mark National Groundwater Awareness Week by Signing Up for an Event or Tour to Deepen Your Understanding

With National Groundwater Awareness Week approaching and 2024 marking the 10ᵗʰ anniversary of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California, these Water Education Foundation tours and events will help you gain a deeper understanding of groundwater fundamentals and the work being done to bring aquifers into balance. Seating is limited and tickets are going fast!


Agenda Posted for Water 101 Workshop in April; Optional Groundwater Tour Nearly Full
Coveted Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity to attend our Water 101 Workshop on April 5 to gain a deeper understanding of California’s most precious natural resource.

One of our most popular events, the daylong workshop at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento offers anyone new to California water issues or newly elected to a water district board — and really anyone who wants a refresher — a chance to gain a solid statewide grounding on California’s water resources.

Some of state’s leading policy and legal experts are on the agenda for the workshop that details the historical, legal and political facets of water management in the state, including:


Virtually Explore the Delta; Remembering Bob Johnson; Grab a Spot While They Last for Upcoming Tours & Events
Seize a Coveted Sponsorship for Our Tours & Events

Check Out Our Growing Delta Digital Library 

We’ve expanded our digital Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta library. You can now virtually visit the Delta by watching a series of short videos that show its multiple dimensions: a hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural cornucopia, a water playground and a haven for fish and other wildlife.

You can check out the video series here. You can also explore our interactive story map to the Delta.