Sprawled across a desert expanse
along the Utah-Arizona border, Lake Powell’s 100-foot high
bathtub ring etched on its sandstone walls belie the challenges
of a major Colorado River reservoir at less than half-full.
Recent studies point to warmer and drier conditions ahead, with
reduced runoff into the Colorado River. Meanwhile, the Upper
Basin is looking to use more of its share of the river’s waters.
On the horizon is a rewrite of the operating guidelines for the
river, and already there is talk about how changes to those
guidelines could affect Lake Powell, a key reservoir in the
Colorado River system.
The latest article in Western Water explores the
different concerns being raised around the Colorado River Basin
and how the river’s challenges could play out in Powell’s future.
Our daily news aggregation known as
Aquafornia keeps you up-to-date on the
most pressing water issues in California and across the West.
Now, it features a special COVID-19
news feed where you can find articles related to coronavirus
and water, such as efforts to get federal funding to help
struggling ratepayers, tracking the virus through wastewater
and addressing water systems as people head back to work.
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Water Education Foundation,
At the Water Education Foundation,
we focus on telling the complex story of water in California and
the West because of its critical role in sustaining our lives,
growing our food and nourishing our environment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of water
even more – in fighting the virus by washing hands and tracking
its movement through wastewater.
To celebrate the Big Day
of Giving, the Water Education Foundation is hosting
virtual water trivia this Thursday on our social media channels,
and we invite you to join in the fun.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. PDT May 7, Programs Manager Nick Gray will
host three short water trivia rounds live on
Facebook and via posts on Twitter. We hope
you will join us to show off your water knowledge and have a
chance at winning prizes. Check out more
In response to updated COVID-19 public health guidelines, the Water Education Foundation has further adjusted our 2020 in-person programming schedule to ensure the safety and health of our partners, event attendees and staff.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily routines for many parents, teachers, water professionals and others. For parents and teachers, the challenge is keeping children engaged in their education despite school closures. For others, the challenge may be keeping up with water news while working remotely.
For those looking for information about water in California and the West, the Water Education Foundation continues to provide a variety of resources, as well as updates and new information online related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Water Education Foundation appreciates your understanding as we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 developments and adjust our 2020 programming to ensure the safety and health of our partners, event attendees and staff.
With that said, our 2020 Water Summit is still on for Sept. 24 in Sacramento, so save the date! Our annual premier event will feature key policymakers, stakeholders and experts providing the latest information and viewpoints on issues affecting water across California and the West.
Join us May 7 for a “virtual” open
house to learn more about how we are educating and fostering
understanding of California’s most precious natural resource -
water – through the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the open house, you can chat with our staff about our
water tours, conferences, maps, publications, and training
programs for teachers and up-and-coming water industry
professionals. You’ll also be able to learn more about how you
can support our work.
In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, we wanted to reach out and provide an update on our 2020 programming schedule.
The Water Education Foundation is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments, which have created uncertainty for us all. And just like every organization, we are unsure how this will play out, for how long and how it will affect our upcoming in-person programming.
What is clear is the seriousness of this rapidly spreading virus. Thus, we are taking the following steps:
Weave through the nation’s
breadbasket and gain a better understanding of water issues
and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s
Central Valley Tour
This tour visits farms and major infrastructure, such as
Friant Dam near Fresno and San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s
largest off-stream reservoir near Los Banos and a key water
facility serving both the State Water Project and the federal
Central Valley Project.
The islands of the western
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta release tons of carbon dioxide — a
greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere as the rich peat soil that
attracted generations of farmers dries out and decays.
An ambitious plan now in the works could halt the decay,
sequester the carbon and — just as important — help protect
California’s vital water conveyance system by offering farmers
and landowners an incentive to change how they use their land.
latest article in Western Water explores how the
plan would work, looks at the concerns of some in agriculture,
and talks with one farmer who’s willing to give it a try.
The 2020 Anne J. Schneider Lecture,
which encourages professional and personal commitment to water
law and policy and the conservation of our special landscapes,
will feature two distinguished speakers: Jennifer Harder, an
associate professor at the McGeorge School of Law, and Brian
Gray, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of
California’s Water Policy Center and professor emeritus at UC
Hastings College of the Law.
Our tours are one of the best ways to learn about water issues in
California and the West. You come face-to-face with
infrastructure that moves water to cities, farms and wildlife
refuges, hear directly from farmers, environmentalists and
other stakeholders and understand the critical role water plays
in sustaining life, growing food and maintaining wetlands
and other water bodies for the environment.
Join us for one of these upcoming tours. Act fast! Early-bird
prices are still available for the Central Valley and Bay-Delta
There’s just one week left
until our Water 101 workshop
and optional tour! Register today for this once-a-year
Attendees at the Feb. 20 workshop will hear from a variety of
experts about important and current issues in California water
management and policy, including the Delta, sustainable
groundwater management, Gov. Newsom’s draft Water Resilience
Portfolio, impacts to water resources from climate change and
For the first time, participants on
the Foundation’s Lower Colorado River
Tour will enjoy a scenic journey on the river through
portions of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, including Topock
Gorge and the Havasu Wilderness Area.
Seating is limited for the March 11-13 tour, so register here
to ensure your spot!
Our annual Lower Colorado River tour explores the critical 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, farms and wildlife areas.
Shortly after Gov. Gavin Newsom
called on state agencies to deliver a Water Resilience Portfolio
to meet California’s urgent challenges — from unsafe drinking
water and climate change risks to severely depleted groundwater
aquifers and declining native fish populations — he appointed
Nancy Vogel, a former journalist and veteran water communicator,
to pull it together.
interview with Western Water, Vogel explains how the
draft portfolio released Jan. 3 came together, its expected role
in helping to guide policy and investment decisions related to
climate and water resilience — and why the portfolio should
matter to average Californians.
Learn from top experts at our
annual Water 101 Workshop about the history, hydrology and law
behind California water as well as hot topics such as the Delta,
disadvantaged communities, the Sustainable Groundwater Management
Act and climate change’s impacts to water resources.
This once-a-year workshop on Feb. 20 in Sacramento will
include speakers such as: