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A USGS scientist explains groundwater monitoring to participants on our Central Valley Tour.

Visit Groundwater’s Epicenter on April Central Valley Tour; Check Out Groundwater Resources
For Groundwater Awareness Week, Learn More About This Key California Water Resource With Foundation Map, Guide, Newsfeed & more

This is National Groundwater Awareness Week and we have an array of groundwater-related events and resources to help you deepen your knowledge of this vital part of California’s water resources and keep up with developments as they happen. 

Groundwater gushes from a pump in the Central Valley of California.

Join Groundwater Awareness Event Monday, Read about Aquifer Recharge & Learn about Groundwater on Central Valley Tour

As we approach next week’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, we have several groundwater-related events, articles and tours to share with you.


Last Chance to Sign Up for Water 101 Workshop; Registration Now Open for Spring Water Tours
Space is Limited for Engaging Foundation Programs So Reserve Your Spot While They Last

As climate whiplash grips California and much of the West, water challenges intensify. Our Water 101 Workshop on Feb. 23 in Sacramento is your once-a-year opportunity to gain a foundational understanding of water in the state and learn more about the impacts of changing hydrology. Registration closes this Friday.

Also, registration is now open for our two spring water tours, the Central Valley Tour April 26-28 and Bay-Delta Tour May 17-19. You can see a full schedule and save the dates for all of our 2023 popular tours here.

Image shows participants at our Water 101 Workshop at McGeorge School of Law..

Agenda Posted for Water 101 Workshop, Save the Dates for 2023 Tours, Check Out Our New Eastern Sierra Tour

Don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity at our one-day Water 101 Workshop on Feb. 23 in Sacramento to gain a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

Plus, mark your calendars now for our full slate of popular water tours this year that will give you a firsthand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources.


Explore a Watershed by Land & Water on our Optional Water 101 Tour
Journey from the Foothills to the Delta the Day after our Water 101 Workshop

Attendance at our annual Water 101 Workshop includes the option of participating in a daylong ‘watershed’ journey on Friday, Feb. 24, that will take you from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, along the American River and into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The tour includes an on-the-water lunch cruise aboard the River City Queen as we head down the Sacramento River from the confluence of the American River to the community of Freeport, the “Gateway to the Delta.”

Among the tour stops are Folsom Lake, Nimbus Dam, salmon spawning habitat in the American River, Freeport Regional Water Facility, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Delta farmland and the Delta Cross Channel.

Led by Foundation staff and featuring a host of other water experts, the tour will also include a firsthand look at efforts to better handle the effects of climate change through a “Supershed Approach” that stretches from the headwaters to the valley floor.


2023 Water Leaders Class Examines Ways to Leverage Green Infrastructure to Help Manage California’s Water
Rising stars in the water world chosen for highly competitive leadership program

Image shows members of the 2023 Water Leaders cohort.Twenty-two early to mid-career water professionals from across California have been chosen for the 2023 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive and respected career development program.

This Water Leaders cohort 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 2023 class can be found here.


Join the Waitlist for Our Lower Colorado River Tour
Tickets have Sold Out for the March 8-10 Journey

Photo shows participants on our Lower Colorado River Tour as the group takes a boat ride on the Lower Colorado River to explore habitat in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.Seats are full but a waitlist is now available for our popular Lower Colorado River Tour March 8-10 that takes participants from Hoover Dam and weaves south along the river through Nevada, Arizona and California to learn firsthand about the challenges and opportunities now facing the “Lifeline of the Southwest.”

Click here to learn more about the tour and to join the waitlist.


California Water Rights, History and Groundwater Among Water 101 Workshop Topics
Jump on the bus for an optional watershed tour the next day

Photo shows a presenter at Water 101 Workshop.Don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity at our Water 101 Workshop to get a primer on California’s water history, laws, geography and politics.

One of our most popular events, the annual workshop will be hosted at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento on Thursday, Feb. 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 directly with the guest speakers during Q&A sessions.


Four New Board Members Bring A Range of Experience To Water Education Foundation

Four new members bringing a wide range of water resource experiences and perspectives have joined the Water Education Foundation Board. They include representatives from Environmental Defense Fund, a Southern California water agency, an engineer and a water policy manager for a municipal utility association.  

They join a volunteer board of more than 30 directors representing a broad cross-section of water, education, business, environmental, agricultural and public interest communities that governs the Foundation, an impartial nonprofit based in Sacramento.


Foundation Unveils Interactive Online Tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Story map guides readers through different facets of the Delta, including its importance as an ecological resource and water hub

Image shows opening screen on Delta story mapThe Water Education Foundation has unveiled an interactive online tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that offers viewers and readers a broad overview of the heart of California water – its history and development, its importance as an ecological resource and water hub and the array of challenges it faces.

Titled “Exploring the Heart of California Water,” the online tour, built as a story map, guides readers and viewers through different facets of the Delta. It includes the Delta’s history and the people – including the Native American tribes – who have lived there, the fish and wildlife that depend on its waters and its role as a crossroads for federal, state and local water projects.


Water 101 Workshop Offers Rookies & Veterans Alike a Chance to Gain a Deeper Understanding of California Water
Feb. 23 Workshop in Sacramento includes optional one-day Watershed Tour on Feb. 24

Image shows a presenter and some of the audience at Water 101 WorkshopOne of the Foundation’s most popular events, our daylong Water 101 Workshop on Feb. 23 offers a once-a-year opportunity for anyone new to California water issues or newly elected to a water district board — and really anyone who wants a refresher — to gain a solid statewide grounding of California’s most precious natural resource.

Hosted at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Water 101 details the history, hydrology and law behind water management in California and is taught by some of the state’s leading policy and legal experts.


Ringing in a New Year with a Feast!
Learn what's on tap at the Water Education Foundation in 2023 with the traditional New Year's letter from the executive director

Jenn Bowles, Water Education Foundation Executive DirectorHappy New Year to all the friends, supporters, readers and tour and workshop participants of the Water Education Foundation! We’re grateful to each and every person who interacted with us in 2022.

As we turn the page to 2023, flood-swamping atmospheric rivers have put a dent in our drought in California and across the West. Time will tell just how much. Ideally we want storms more spaced out through the winter. However they come, you can always keep up with the latest drought/flood/snowpack developments of our “feast or famine” water world with our weekday news aggregate known as Aquafornia.

At the Foundation, our array of 2023 programming begins later this month as we welcome our incoming Water Leaders class. We’ll be sure to introduce them to you and let you know what thorny California water policy topic they’ll be attempting to solve.


Registration Now Open for Water 101 Workshop & Lower Colorado River Tour
Reserve your spot for the Foundation's popular programs in early 2023 before they're gone

Registration for the Foundation’s early 2023 programming is now open, so don’t miss once-a-year opportunities for our Water 101 Workshop Feb. 23 and our Lower Colorado River Tour March 8-10. Find more information and registration details below.


Support Water Education in California and the West with a Year-End Donation
Your tax-deductible gift helps make our work possible

With persistent drought and climate change challenging water supplies in California and across the West, it has never been more important to be informed about our most vital natural resource. Our tours, events and publications help educate and inspire understanding about water. Your support helps make that work possible.


Registration Opens in Early January for Water 101, Lower Colorado River Tour
Save the dates for great Foundation programming in early 2023

With 2022 coming to a close, registration for the Foundation’s early 2023 programming is right around the corner. Don’t miss the once-a-year opportunities for our Water 101 Workshop in February and our Lower Colorado River Tour in March.

Mark your calendars now for the week of Jan. 9 when registration will open for both events.


Hot Off the Press! Layperson’s Guide to Water Conservation is Now Available
Seventh edition covers what’s driving the need for water conservation and how homeowners can save water

The Water Education Foundation’s seventh edition of the  Layperson’s Guide to Water Conservation is hot off the press and available for purchase. With California and the West in the grip of persistent drought, the guide provides an excellent overview of the forces driving conservation and the measures water users are taking to more efficiently use our most vital natural resource. 

The 20-page guide covers such topics as how drought and climate change are affecting California and the Colorado River Basin, how some Southwestern cities are stretching supplies, the impact of landscape choices on water use, how farms are changing to more efficient irrigation practices, and what homeowners can to do save water.


2022 Water Leaders Class Releases Policy Recommendations for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update

Our 2022 Water Leaders class completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Quality Control Plan update.

The cohort of 20 up-and-coming leaders from various water-related fields – engineers, attorneys, planners, scientists and those from the environmental and agricultural sectors – had full editorial control to choose recommendations.

Among their key recommendations:

Attendees listen to a speaker at a Water 101 Workshop.

Save the Dates for Water 101 & Lower Colorado River Tour; We’re Hiring!
Read About Saving the Shrinking Colorado River; Grab a Holiday Book Deal

In this issue:

  • Mark your calendars now for great Foundation programming in early 2023
  • We’re hiring a new News & Publications Director
  • Latest Western Water article examines the struggle for solutions on a shrinking Colorado River
  • Time is running out to take advantage of a holiday special on a California water book 

Last Chance For Thursday’s Winter Outlook Workshop; Water Leader Apps Due Wednesday; Support Water Education; Holiday Book Deal

In this issue:

  • Attend a Southern California workshop this Thursday or join virtually to find out more about what’s in store for Water Year 2023.
  • Apply for the 2023 cohort of our popular Water Leaders program by tomorrow (Dec. 7) at 5 p.m.
  • Support water education with year-end donation or workplace giving programs.
  • Take advantage of a holiday special on a California water book. 

Winter Outlook Workshop in Irvine, Dec. 8

Don’t miss our Winter Outlook Workshop in Irvine this Thursday, Dec. 8, to hear what may be ahead for California’s water supply in 2023 as well as the latest improvements to snowmelt runoff forecasts.

This one-day workshop will include insight into whether La Niña conditions projected to persist into this winter really mean anything as a predictor in the new reality of climate whiplash.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Anderson, California’s state climatologist, who will provide a recap of Water Year 2022 and a look at prospects for Water Year 2023
  • Sean DeGuzman, Chief of Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting for the California Department of Water Resources, who will talk about improvements to snowmelt runoff forecasting 
  • Emerson Lajoie, meteorologist at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, who will talk about the the center’s experimental Water Year outlook

You can view a full agenda here. The event is ideal for anyone involved in managing, modeling or forecasting water resources or anyone simply interested in hearing the latest science.


Hear the Latest Prospects for 2023 Water Supply at Dec. 8 Winter Outlook Workshop in Southern California
Experts discuss latest advances in precipitation and snowmelt forecasting & climate-warming impacts on hydrologic system

Hear what may be ahead for California’s water supply in 2023 as well as the latest improvements to snowmelt runoff forecasts at our Winter Outlook Workshop next Thursday, Dec. 8 in Southern California.

The one-day workshop in Irvine will include insight into whether La Niña conditions projected to persist into this winter really mean anything as a predictor in the new reality of climate whiplash. You also will learn about what is and isn’t known in forecasting winter precipitation weeks to months ahead, the skill of present forecasts and ongoing research to develop predictive ability.

This event is ideal for anyone involved in managing, modeling or forecasting water resources or anyone simply interested in hearing the latest science.