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Seize a Coveted Sponsor Spot for Oct. 25 Water Summit; Join Virtual Q&A for 2024 Water Leader Applicants; Keep on Top of Water News

Exclusive Water Summit Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Water Education Foundation’s 39th annual Water Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Sacramento with the theme, Taking On the Improbable in Western Water. Exclusive sponsorships are available for the breaks, lunch and evening reception, all of which are prime networking opportunities for the water professionals in attendance.

Water Leaders on Bay-Delta tour

2024 Water Leader Apps Coming Soon; Water Summit Explores SGMA; Read about a New Law that Boosts Groundwater Funding

In this Issue: Water leader applications for 2024 will be coming out soon! And don’t forget to join us at our annual Water Summit Oct. 25 when we’ll be talking about taking on the improbable; and check out our latest Western Water article about a little-known change in law that will benefit groundwater in California.


Registration Now Open for October 25 Water Summit in Sacramento
One-day conference is the Foundation's premier annual event; Grab one of the last tickets for Eastern Sierra Tour

​You can now register for the Water Education Foundation’s 39th annual Water Summit. The one-day conference will have leading policymakers and experts sharing the latest information and insights on water in California and the West. The event includes an evening reception for networking with speakers and fellow attendees from a variety of backgrounds.


Epic Fall Tours Nearly Sold Out; Water Summit Theme Announced; Learn About the Science Behind the Klamath Dam Removals
Few Seats Remain for One-Time-Only Eastern Sierra Tour & Popular Northern California Tour

It may be the dog days of summer but it’s a busy time at the Foundation! 

  • Registration opens soon for our annual Water Summit on Oct. 25 in Sacramento. This year’s theme has been set!
  • Learn about the science happening behind the scenes on the Klamath River dam removals in the latest article from our Western Water journalism team.
  • Don’t miss out! Reserve one of the few remaining spots on our fall tours along the Eastern Sierra and across Northern California.

One-Time Only Eastern Sierra Tour Explores Major Water Source for Southern California
Don't miss the special Foundation journey Sept 12-15 highlighting water issues with statewide connections

The bus is nearly full for our special, one-time only Eastern Sierra Tour September 12-15 that will journey from the Truckee, Carson and Walker river basins to Mono Lake and on through Owens Valley to explore, in part, a major water source for Southern California.


Applications for 2024 Water Leader Programs Just Around the Corner
Apps available in fall for our California and Colorado River Basin water leader cohorts

It’s never too early to start thinking about applying for our preeminent water leadership programs.

The Water Education Foundation has run the William R. Gianelli Water Leaders class since 1997, and launched a similar biennial program for the Colorado River Basin in 2022.

Both programs will be accepting applications for the 2024 cohorts starting in the fall. 


Get a Ticket While They Last for Epic Fall Water Tours, Including One-Time Only Eastern Sierra Tour
Save the Date for Annual Water Summit in October

Registration has only been open for a few weeks and the buses are already nearing capacity for our fall tours along the Eastern Sierra and across Northern California! See below for more details and reserve your spot soon for both don’t-miss, firsthand experiences before they’re gone. Plus, mark your calendars now for our Water Summit in Sacramento, the Foundation’s premier annual event.


Registration Now Open for Tours Along Eastern Sierra and Across Sacramento Valley; We’re Hiring!
Reserve Your Spot Now for One-Time Only Eastern Sierra Tour!

Grab a ticket while they last for our fall tours along the Eastern Sierra and across Northern California. See below for more information and registration details on both don’t-miss opportunities to get a firsthand look at the facilities, the rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources.

We’re hiring a development director – check out the posting below!

Image shows participants on our Headwaters Tour listening to a Forest Service ranger.

Last Chance to Register for Headwaters Tour; Save the Dates for Fall Tours & Water Summit

Don’t miss your opportunity to hop aboard our Headwaters Tour later this month as we head into the Sierra Nevada to learn about upper watersheds and the critical role they play in both water supply and quality across California.

Plus, mark your calendars now for our fall programs, including:


Sierra Headwaters Tour Explores Role of Forest Management in Watershed Health
June 21-22 tour to include stops at forest research station & restoration pilot project

Much of California’s water supply originates in the Sierra Nevada, making it dependent on the health of forests. But those forests are suffering from widespread tree mortality and other ecosystem degradation resulting mostly from the growing frequency and severity of droughts and wildfires.


Epic Sierra Snowpack Headlines Headwaters Tour in June
Guided Rafting Trip on American River Available the Day Before

Our Headwaters Tour June 21-22 will take you into the Sierra Nevada to explore the impacts of this year’s historically large snowpack, reported at well over 200% of average. Remaining seats are limited so don’t miss your chance to examine water issues happening upstream that have dramatic effects throughout the state.

What exactly is an ‘average’ snowpack and how is it measured? How are those measurements then translated into forecasts of California’s water supply for the year, and is climate change making our reliance on historical patterns as a predictor obsolete? You’ll get an opportunity to learn about these topics directly from experts including Sean de Guzman, manager of the California Department of Water Resources Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Unit.


Date Set for Annual Water Summit in the Fall
Mark your calendars for Oct. 25!

The Water Education Foundation’s annual Water Summit has been set for Oct. 25 in Sacramento.

The day-long summit is the Foundation’s premier event of the year and features engaging conversations about critical issues affecting water statewide and across the West.


Our 2022 Annual Report is Hot off the Press!
As COVID eased, the Foundation revved up and expanded programs across the West

2022 Annual Report coverThe Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2022 Annual Report recaps how we returned to hosting in-person events and tours and expanded our programs across the West as the global pandemic began to wane early in the year.


Explore Sierra Water Issues Firsthand on Headwaters Tour in June
Optional Pre-Tour Whitewater Rafting Trip Available

Our Headwaters Tour on June 21-22 returns in person for the first time in four years and seats are filling up quickly! Don’t miss your chance to venture from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to Lake Tahoe to examine water issues happening upstream that can dramatically affect communities downstream and throughout the state.


Water Education Foundation Tops Fundraising Goal
Thanks to all of our supporters!!!

Big Day of Giving logoThe Water Education Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff want to thank the dozens of donors in the water community and beyond for their strong show of support on the May 4 Big Day of Giving. We surpassed our $10,000 campaign goal with a total of $11,092 in contributions in the 24-hour regional fundraising event.

Special thanks to alumni of our Water Leaders programs for drumming up support and chipping in.


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, and your donation can help the Water Education Foundation continue its work to enhance public understanding about water in California and across the West.

Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour regional fundraising event that has profound benefits for our programs and publications that educate about hot topics in water, such as drought, floods, groundwater, headwaters and more in California and the Colorado River Basin.

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

On Big Day of Giving, you can show your love by helping the Water Education Foundation continue to be a go-to resource for in-depth, impartial information about water in California and the West.

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


Tomorrow is Big Day of Giving!
Support Your Favorite Water Nonprofit

Tomorrow is Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour regional fundraising event that has profound benefits for our water programs across California and the West.

You can schedule your donation on our campaign page today or give at any time tomorrow and watch us reach our $10,000 goal in real-time.


There’s Still Time to Support Your Favorite Water Nonprofit on Big Day of Giving
You have until midnight to give a tax-deductible donation

Big Day of Giving is nearly over but you still have until midnight to show your love for the Water Education Foundation’s events, publications and programs with a donation to our campaign page.