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Don’t Miss a Chance to Explore a Scenic but Water-Scarce Landscape on the Edge Of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29
Registration ends Friday to learn about drought resilience efforts that could help across California; NorCal tour early bird price ends soon

Our new Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 highlights the connection between the Santa Barbara region’s distinctive hydrology and the lurking threat of drought from persistent water scarcity with an up-close look at water projects and programs across the southern Central Coast. With the next California drought around the corner, the variety of efforts underway to enhance the area’s limited local water resources have potential applications across the state.

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Explore a Variety of Drought Resiliency Efforts That Could Help Across California on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
Continuing education credits and scholarships available to learn about the challenge of persistent water scarcity in scenic Santa Barbara region; Tour starts in Burbank

The Santa Barbara region’s recovery from drought often has lagged behind much of the rest of California due to the nature of its watershed. But a variety of efforts are underway to enhance the region’s limited local water resources.

Our new Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 explores the connection between the area’s distinctive hydrology and the lurking threat of drought and persistent water scarcity with an up-close look at water projects and programs across the southern Central Coast.

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Stay Up To Date With Upcoming Groundwater Events Via Our Calendar
We track relevant tours, symposia, conferences and more for your convenience

Our event calendar is an excellent resource for keeping up with water events in California and the West.

Groundwater is top of mind for many water managers as they prepare to meet next January’s deadline for submitting sustainability plans required under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. We have several upcoming featured events listed on our calendar that focus on a variety of relevant groundwater topics:

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Latest Western Water Explores Upper Colorado River Restoration Effort That Could Be A Model Across The West
Foundation journalists explore a partnership of ranchers, conservationists and others who worked together to help farms, fish and the river

Ranchers and conservationists in the headwaters of the Colorado River decided that to get something done to benefit the ranches, the fish and the river, they needed to work together. Their partnership, which could serve as a template for similar regions across the West, is the focus of a new article in our flagship publication, Western Water

The article by the Foundation’s team of veteran journalists explores what drove the need to act, how the partnership came together and some of the projects undertaken to improve irrigation for ranchers and habitat for fish.

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Learn About Advanced Purification and Groundwater Injection on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
With the next California drought around the corner, explore a variety of solutions that could help across the state

A planned indirect potable reuse project in Carpinteria that will inject highly treated wastewater into the local groundwater basin is just one of several drought resiliency efforts examined as we trek across the water-scarce Santa Barbara region on our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29.

Construction of the project, called the Carpinteria Advanced Purification Project, is expected to begin in 2021. It is currently undergoing engineering design and environmental review.

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Diverse Responses to Persistent Water Scarcity Highlighted on Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
Drought resilience efforts in scenic Santa Barbara region explored in new tour that starts and ends in Burbank

Pyramid LakeNew to the Foundation’s water tours this year, our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 will journey through the Santa Barbara area to examine the portfolio approach being taken to the challenges of limited surface and groundwater supplies by several local agencies as they work to build drought resilience for the future.

Solutions such as ocean and brackish water desalination, advanced purification and groundwater injection and pervious concrete retrofitting for groundwater recharge will be explored, as well as cloud seeding and atmospheric river research.

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Seeding Clouds and Atmospheric River Research Among Efforts Explored on Edge of Drought Tour that Starts in Burbank
Get Your Early Bird Ticket Before They’re Gone to Learn About the Challenge of Persistent Water Scarcity on Central Coast August 27-29

Understanding how atmospheric rivers affect the location, duration and intensity of storms could help managers in the water-short Santa Barbara area make better decisions about operations. Some are even using cloud seeding to increase precipitation in the region’s watershed.

During our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29, we’ll visit an atmospheric river observatory in Santa Barbara that specifically monitors the meteorological phenomenon and also visit Lopez Lake to hear from the County of San Luis Obispo on their cloud seeding efforts.

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Registration Now Open for the 36th Annual Water Summit; Take Advantage of Early Bird Discount by Registering Today
Join us Oct. 30 for key conversations on water in California and the West

Registration opens today for the Water Education Foundation’s 36th annual Water Summit, set for Oct. 30 in Sacramento. This year’s theme, Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning, reflects fast-approaching deadlines for the State Groundwater Management Act as well as the pressing need for new approaches to water management as California and the West weather intensified flooding, fire and drought. To register for this can’t-miss event, visit our Water Summit event page.

Registration includes a full day of discussions by leading stakeholders and policymakers on key issues, as well as coffee, materials, gourmet lunch and an outdoor reception by the Sacramento River that will offer the opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees. The summit also features a silent auction to benefit our Water Leaders program featuring items up for bid such as kayaking trips, hotel stays and lunches with key people in the water world.

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Latest Western Water Rounds Up Summer Reading That You Won’t Want to Miss
Articles range from rethinking Southern California water portfolios to a downside of water conservation

In the weekly sprint through work, it’s easy to miss some interesting nuggets on water resource issues in California and the West that you might want to read.

So we want to help you catch up on Western Water articles from the first half of this year that you might have missed. They include Q&As with key water leaders such as California’s Natural Resource Secretary Wade Crowfoot and articles that spotlight efforts to achieve water sustainability or highlight unintended consequences of conservation.

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Learn About a Range of Solutions to Persistent Water Scarcity on Central Coast during Edge of Drought Tour August 27-29
Early-bird tickets end July 29th for this new tour through water-challenged Santa Barbara region; tour starts and ends in Burbank

Lake CachumaDespite Santa Barbara County’s decision to lift a drought emergency declaration after this winter’s storms replenished local reservoirs, the region’s recovery often has lagged behind much of the rest of California due to the nature of its watershed.

Our new Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 explores this connection between the area’s distinctive hydrology and the lurking threat of drought with an up-close look at water projects and programs across the southern Central Coast.

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Explore a Scenic But Challenged California Landscape on Our Edge of Drought Tour
August 27-29 Tour Examines Santa Barbara Region Prone to Drought, Mudslides and Wildfire

Pyramid LakeNew to this year’s slate of water tours, our Edge of Drought Tour Aug. 27-29 will venture into the Santa Barbara area to learn about the challenges of limited local surface and groundwater supplies and the solutions being implemented to address them.

Despite Santa Barbara County’s decision to lift a drought emergency declaration after this winter’s storms replenished local reservoirs, the region’s hydrologic recovery often has lagged behind much of the rest of the state.

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2019 Water Summit Theme Announced – Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning
Join us October 30 in Sacramento for our premier annual event

Sacramento RiverOur 36th annual Water Summit, happening Oct. 30 in Sacramento, will feature the theme “Water Year 2020: A Year of Reckoning,” reflecting upcoming regulatory deadlines and efforts to improve water management and policy in the face of natural disasters.

The Summit will feature top policymakers and leading stakeholders providing the latest information and a variety of viewpoints on issues affecting water across California and the West.

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Support the Foundation’s Mission While Becoming a Member or Shopping Online
Monday and Tuesday are Amazon's "Prime Day" for epic deals

Amazon Prime Day July 15-16Like all nonprofits, the Water Education Foundation is mission-driven but revenue-dependent.

You can support our mission to raise awareness of water issues in California and across the West in several ways:

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FLASH SALE: Save 25% Today Only on All Water Maps and Layperson’s Guides During Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with limited-time discounts on all our educational maps, guides and publications about this critical resource

Today is Summer Solstice, and to celebrate the longest day of the year we’re offering a special 25% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, Layperson’s Guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs until midnight tonight (Friday). Use the promo code SOLSTICE2019 at checkout to get your discount.

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New Stops and Speakers Give a Fresh Look at Sierra Nevada Watershed on Headwaters Tour June 27-28
Last chance to grab a seat on this two-day tour with overnight stay at Lake Tahoe

Our Headwaters Tour next week will feature a new route, new stops and some new speakers who will provide a fresh look at the Sierra Nevada watershed so vital to California’s water supply.

Only a few seats are left for the June 27-28 tour and registration ends soon, so sign up here to ensure your spot!

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FLASH SALE: Save 25% Starting Friday on All Water Maps and Layperson’s Guides During Summer Solstice Sale
Build your water library with limited-time discounts on all our educational maps, guides and publications about this critical resource

Summer Solstice happens Friday, and to celebrate the longest day of the year we’re offering a special 25% discount on our beautiful poster-size water maps, layperson’s guides and other water education materials.

Don’t miss out! This summer sale runs until midnight Friday. Use the promo code SOLSTICE2019 at checkout to get your discount.

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Latest Western Water Examines Consequences to Wastewater Systems and Recycling From California’s Drive to Save Water
Lower flows damage equipment, concentrate waste and stink up neighborhoods; should water conservation focus shift outdoors?

Californians have been doing an exceptional job reducing their indoor water use, helping the state survive the most recent drought. With more droughts inevitable, Californians are likely to face even greater calls to save water in the future.

However, less water used in the home for clothes washing and toilet flushing means less water flowing out and pushing waste through the sewers. That has created a host of complications (including stinking neighborhoods and damaged treatment equipment), some of which add to the cost of treating wastewater. It also means less recycled water for such things as irrigating parks, replenishing groundwater or keeping rivers vibrant for fish and wildlife.

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Summer Tours Explore Forest Challenges in the Sierra and Lurking Threat of Drought Along the Coast
Follow our June 5-7 Bay-Delta Tour on Twitter

Get an up-close view of California’s diverse water resource issues with two of our summer tours — to the Sierra Nevada headwaters where wildfires and tree mortality pose significant challenges to the upper watershed and a Southern California coastal region chronically prone to drought.

But first, we are on the road today through Friday on our Bay-Delta Tour, and you can follow our travels on Twitter. We’re taking participants into the heart of California water policy - the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. Along the way we’ll share photos and interesting facts from the diverse array of speakers we’ll hear from. Track us with the hashtag #BayDeltaTour.

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Summer Tours Explore California’s Plentiful Mountain Snowpack and a Lurking Threat of Drought Along the Coast
Follow our June 5-7 Bay-Delta Tour on Twitter

Get an up-close view of California’s diverse water resource issues with two of our summer tours — to the Sierra Nevada headwaters that were blessed this winter with a plentiful snowpack, and a Southern California coastal region chronically prone to drought.

But first, we hit the road June 5-7 for our Bay-Delta Tour, and you can follow our travels on TwitterWe’ll take participants into the heart of California water policy – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. Stops include Clifton Court Forebay and the federal pumping plant, a Delta farm tour, Suisun Marsh and a ferry ride across San Francisco Bay to the Bay Model in Sausalito. Along the way we’ll share photos and interesting facts from the diverse array of speakers we’ll hear from. Track us with the hashtag #BayDeltaTour. 

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SAVE THE DATE! Water Education Foundation’s 36th Annual Water Summit Set for Oct. 30
Mark your calendar and consider grabbing a coveted sponsorship spot for the Water Summit

The 2019 Water Summit will take place in a new location on the Sacramento riverfront on Oct. 30, 2019. At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest information on key issues affecting water in California and the West from leading experts and top policymakers.

We hope to see you there. Look for more details and speaker announcements for this exciting daylong event coming soon!

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