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Registration Open for Virtual Journeys Into Key Water Regions This Fall
Engaging Online Events Include Overview Presentations, Guided Video Tours & Live Q&A With Experts in Chat Rooms

Immerse yourself in California’s key water sources this fall with the Foundation’s schedule of engaging virtual tours. 

Each tour event will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. PT and includes:

  • An overview presentation of the region’s critical topics
  • A guided video tour of key locations — farms, wetlands, dams and reservoirs, wildlife habitats — to gain a stronger understanding on a variety of water supply issues and the latest policy developments
  • Live Q&A with experts in chat rooms so participants can dive deeper into the topics, including the drought gripping California.

As part of the events, participants will receive a copy of one of our Layperson’s Guides and be entered into a drawing to win one of our beautiful water maps.

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We’re Moving! Please Update Our Contact Information
Foundation Office Moves Closer to Confluence of Sacramento & American Rivers

We’re moving! Please update your contact information for the Water Education Foundation.

Starting Aug. 2, our office will be located near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, on the fringe of downtown Sacramento.

Our new address is 2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento CA 95833.

Our phone number (916-444-6240) is not changing, but we will still be working in hybrid mode and sending an email is always the quickest way to get a response.

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Whet Your Interest in Water With Our Array of Accessible Online Resources
Access the latest articles from our journalism team, keep on top of drought news and tap into our water encyclopedia

Curious about the significance of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Looking for the latest information on the drought hitting California and the West? Want to read up on some of the historic figures in California water?

The Water Education Foundation has an array of online resources to help you keep up with what’s new, what you need to know and what you might be curious about involving water in California and the West.

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Save the Dates for our Fall Events, Join our Team, Check Out Our Drought Page and Moving Sale
Foundation planning to offer a mix of in-person & online tours & events

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Water Education Foundation!

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

At the Foundation, we are busy preparing to move to a new office near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, planning a blend of virtual and in-person programming for the fall and offering a sale on our beautiful water maps and guides so we don’t have to move them. 

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We’re Hiring! Join the Foundation as a Programs and Communications Manager
We're seeking someone keenly interested in water issues to plan conferences, workshops and do multimedia

Join the team at the Water Education Foundation, a nonprofit that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years.

We have a full-time opening for an enthusiastic, team-oriented, multitasking Programs & Communications Manager at our office in Sacramento.

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There’s Still Time to Save 30% On Water Maps, Guides and More During Our Moving Sale!
We’re relocating our office, so now’s the time to build out your water library and save some money

maps imageWe’re in the final weeks of our moving sale as we prepare to head to new quarters next month, so you still have a little time left to knock 30 percent off the price of our water maps, Layperson’s Guides, DVDs and more.

Use the code MOVINGSALE when you check out to claim your 30 percent discount and get those updated maps, guides and DVDs you’ve wanted.

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Latest Western Water Article Examines How Las Vegas Will Cope With Thirstier Days As Climate Change Turns Up the Heat
Aggressive conservation efforts could provide examples for Southwestern cities

Las Vegas, known for its searing summertime heat and glitzy casino fountains, is projected to get even hotter in the coming years as climate change intensifies. As temperatures rise, water demand for the desert community is expected to spike. That is not good news in a fast-growing region that depends largely on a limited supply of water from an already drought-stressed Colorado River. 

Our latest article in Western Water examines how authorities are responding, trying to wring more water savings out of everything from ice machines and grassy medians to industrial cooling towers, an aggressive conservation effort that could provide examples for communities throughout the Southwest.

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New Resource Page Keeps You Up-To-Date with Drought Gripping West
Foundation-created resource page includes newsfeed, helpful conservation tips, weekly drought severity map & answers to commonly asked questions

For anyone trying to keep up with the unfolding drought in California and the West, the Water Education Foundation has created a special resource page that offers links to real-time reservoir data and water supply forecasts, an ongoing newsfeed to help you stay up to date on the latest news and tips so you can help conserve the region’s most precious natural resource.

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Save 30% Off Maps, Guides and More So We Don’t Have to Move Them!
We’re moving soon, so now’s the time to build out your water library and save some money while you save our backs!

maps imageWe’re moving later this summer to new quarters closer to the Sacramento River, and we don’t want to haul all of our water maps, Layperson’s Guides, DVDs and more to the new home. So we’re making you a limited-time offer we hope you can’t refuse: Take 30 percent off the price of all of our maps, guides and more.

Use the code MOVINGSALE when you check out to get your 30 percent discount.

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Update on Water Education Foundation 2021 Programming Schedule
Fall Tours and Events Being Assessed with an Abundance of Caution

The Water Education Foundation has hosted successful virtual tours and events during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now closely monitoring developments – as capacity and distancing restrictions are lifted from public health guidelines this summer – to inform the format choices for our fall programs.

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A Few Virtual Seats Remain for Thursday’s Lower Colorado River Tour, Last Tour Until Fall
Explore the iconic river and engage directly with experts discussing 20-plus year drought

A few seats are left on the Foundation’s virtual tour bus for our Lower Colorado River Tour this Thursday, May 20. It’s our last tour of the spring, so register now to hear from a range of Colorado River experts and visit key sites including California’s first Salton Sea pilot restoration project, now under construction.

This once-a-year tour will focus on how the Lower Basin states of California, Nevada and Arizona are using and managing the river’s water in the midst of a two-decade-long drought while demand continues to grow from myriad sources — increasing population, declining habitat and climate change.

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Last Chance to Register for Next Week’s Lower Colorado River Tour
Learn about the iconic river directly from experts during this engaging virtual journey May 20

Photo of Tina Shields, Imperial Irrigation DistrictOnly one week remains to register for our May 20 virtual Lower Colorado River Tour where you can hear directly from experts offering a range of perspectives on the most contested and meticulously managed river in the United States. Practically every drop of water in the Colorado River is already allocated, but pressure on the hard-working river continues to grow from myriad sources — increasing population, declining habitat and climate change.

Photo of Brian Golding, Sr., Fort Yuma Quechan Indian TribeThe 1,450-mile Colorado River is a lifeline to 40 million people in the Southwest across seven states and Mexico, but a 20-plus year drought in the basin has significantly dropped water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell — the river’s largest reservoirs.

This once-a-year tour will focus on how the Lower Basin states of California, Nevada and Arizona are using and managing the river’s water in that unprecedented context.

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Just Six Hours Left to Support Your Favorite Water Nonprofit on Big Day of Giving
You have until midnight to give a tax-deductible donation

Consider giving a tax-deductible donation on this Big Day of Giving to help the Water Education Foundation continue being your resource for in-depth, impartial information on drought, water rights, groundwater, environmental restoration, water quality and other water resource issues.

We have a goal of $10,000 and we just hit $8,000. Thank you to those who contributed during our open house!

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Support Your Favorite Water Nonprofit on Big Day of Giving
And join us today at 4:30 p.m. for our virtual open house during happy hour!

On this Big Day of Giving, help the Water Education Foundation continue being your resource for in-depth, impartial information on drought, water rights, groundwater, environmental restoration, water quality, and other water resource issues.

Donate here today! You have until midnight to make it count!

Your contribution today will help us to:

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Today on Big Day of Giving Consider Supporting Your Favorite Water Nonprofit
And join us this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for our virtual open house during happy hour!

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.

As a nonprofit we rely on the generosity of people who value what we do – enhancing public understanding of our most important natural resource and catalyzing critical conversations to inform collaborative decision-making.

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Last Chance to Join Us for Tomorrow’s Virtual Open House
Enjoy a happy hour with our team!

Enjoy happy hour tomorrow with the Water Education Foundation, test your water knowledge in a trivia contest, win some prizes and socialize in chat rooms!

The team behind our programs that inspire a deeper understanding of California’s most precious natural resource – water – will be on hand during the hour-long virtual event starting at 4:30 p.m.

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Hear Experts Address Impact of Two-Decade Drought on Lower Colorado River Tour
Engage directly with experts featured in the virtual journey during live Q&A May 20

Photographs of some speakers, clockwise from top left: Tina Shields, Brian Golding Sr., Chris Schoneman, & Bart FisherHear directly from a range of experts offering a variety of perspectives on our May 20 virtual Lower Colorado River Tour as they put into context the 20-plus year drought on what is the most contested and meticulously managed river in the United States.

Among the experts featured are farmers, tribal representatives, and managers from wildlife agencies, water districts, the Bureau of Reclamation and others who will discuss drought impacts, habitat projects, farming and restoration efforts at the Salton Sea. 

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Our Latest Western Water Article Examines Efforts to Help Consumers Afford Water as Bills Pile Up Amid Pandemic
Foundation writing team also updated Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Map, and guides on Water Law, Delta & Central Valley Project

As California slowly emerges from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, one remnant left behind by the statewide lockdown offers a sobering reminder of the economic challenges still ahead for millions of the state’s residents and the water agencies that serve them – a mountain of water debt.

Concerns about water affordability, long an issue in a state where millions of people struggle to make ends meet, jumped into overdrive last year as the pandemic wrenched the economy. Our latest article in Western Water explores the hurdles to helping consumers, how some water agencies have devised workarounds and how far more lasting solutions remain out of reach.

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Join Us May 6 for a Fun-Filled Virtual Open House
Test your water knowledge in a trivia contest, win prizes and enjoy a happy hour and chat rooms!

Join us May 6 for our annual open house where you can test your water trivia knowledge, win prizes and meet the people behind our programs that foster a deeper understanding of California’s most precious natural resource – water.

The Foundation’s open house will be held next Thursday via Zoom from 4:30–5:30 p.m. 

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Last Call to Learn from Leading Water Policy and Legal Experts at Water 101 Workshop
Register today to deepen your knowledge of California's most precious natural resource April 22-23

Time is running out to register for this week’s Water 101 Workshop, which offers a primer on California’s water history, laws, geography and politics.

One of our most popular events, this once-a-year workshop will be held as an engaging online event on the afternoons of Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 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 with the guest speakers individually during live Q&A in breakout rooms.