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On tap this June is our Bay-Delta Tour that traverses the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the state’s water system and is California’s most crucial water and ecological resource.
For the bulk of her career, Jayne Harkins has devoted her energy to issues associated with the management of the Colorado River, both with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and with the Colorado River Commission of Nevada.
Now her career is taking a different direction. In a Western Water Q&A, Harkins talks about her new role and her priorities as U.S. Commissioner of the United States section of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The U.S.-Mexico agency oversees myriad water matters between the two countries as they seek to sustainably manage the supply and water quality of the Colorado River, including its once-thriving Delta in Mexico, and other rivers the two countries share.
Recent rains have left the San Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs in better shape, but groundwater depletion and the resulting ground subsidence continue to beset farmers and water managers. What will this year hold? How are regional stakeholders meeting the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act? And will there be enough water this year to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the environment?
Your best opportunity to understand the challenges and opportunities of this vital resource in the nation’s breadbasket is to join us on our Central Valley Tour April 3-5.
Former Interior Secretary and Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt will be the distinguished speaker at the 2019 Anne J. Schneider Lecture on April 3 at the Crocker Art Museum in downtown Sacramento.
Babbitt’s talk is titled “Parting the Waters — Will It Take a Miracle?”
The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Crocker Art Museum’s Setzer Auditorium. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Ellen Hanak, director of the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center, and a reception. Here is where to sign up for the event, which is free.
The San Joaquin Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket, grows a cornucopia of fruits, nuts and other agricultural products.
During our three-day Central Valley Tour April 3-5, you will meet farmers who will explain how they prepare the fields, irrigate their crops and harvest the produce that helps feed the nation and beyond. We also will drive through hundreds of miles of farmland and visit the rivers, dams, reservoirs and groundwater wells that provide the water.
A multipronged effort to engage with economically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities in the Santa Ana River watershed to learn what their water needs are and how those needs could be met will be highlighted March 29 at the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference in Orange County.
An array of speakers will discuss the innovative work they’ve been doing, some of the things they’ve learned and tools they’ve developed during a panel discussion at the daylong event, Moving Forward Together: From Planning to Action Across the Watershed, being held at Cal State Fullerton.
We’re on the road this week with our three-day tour of the Lower Colorado River to explore water infrastructure, farms and habitat restoration efforts (you can follow along on Twitter!), but there is still time to join one of our other 2019 tours to learn about key water resource issues in California.
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 April 3-5.
This tour visits farms and major infrastructure, such as Friant Dam near Fresno and San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s largest off-stream reservoir and a key water facility serving both the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.
The Public Policy Institute of California has long cited water management in the Santa Ana River watershed as one of the foremost examples of integrated, multi-benefit water management planning in the state.
At the March 29th Santa Ana River Watershed Conference in Orange County, the PPIC’s Ellen Hanak will put the top managers of the watershed’s five major water districts on the hot seat to uncover the region’s latest innovations and find out what the next generation of integrated water management planning looks like.
In the meantime, a water utility that serves the Imperial Valley, where the Salton Sea is located in southeastern California, wants $200 million from the federal government for the lake’s restoration efforts before signing the Drought Contingency Plan for the Colorado River.
You can see this sea up close during our Lower Colorado River Tour, Feb. 27-March 1, when we will visit the fragile ecosystem and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea.
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Go deep into one of California’s most pressing issues – groundwater – by visiting an extensometer that measures subsidence, an active aquifer storage and recovery well, a recycling facility that recharges water into the ground and more.
Our popular Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River has just been updated to reflect the latest developments along America’s most contested and meticulously managed river, including efforts to reach agreement on a critical drought contingency plan, an assessment of certain tribal water rights and a new binational water agreement with Mexico.
The Colorado River provides water to more than 35 million people and 4 million acres of farmland in a region encompassing some 246,000 square miles in the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Twenty-three early to mid-career water professionals from across California have been chosen for the 2019 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive and respected career development program.
The State Water Resources Control Board’s recently approved plan to increase flows through the San Joaquin River and its tributaries to help improve conditions for fish in the Bay-Delta estuary sparked passionate arguments over who holds the rights to California’s waters — and whose rights are senior to others.
So what’s the difference between a senior water right and a junior water right? Or a riparian right and an appropriative right? How are they determined? And how does the concept of public trust come into play?