California’s vast network of surface
water reservoirs is designed to hold carryover storage from year
to year to ensure water is available for urban, agricultural and
environmental purposes during dry months and years.
But climate change has begun to affect our reliance on historical
weather patterns to predict California’s water supply, making it
even more difficult for water managers to manage drought
conditions and placing a greater emphasis on better precipitation
forecasting at longer lead times.
How can California water managers
get ahead of the storms to improve drought management? A special
one-day workshop June 9 in Irvine will highlight some of the
latest research on seasonal precipitation forecasting that could
help water managers across the state plan better for what winter
With the recent news that California
has officially begun 2022 with its lowest January
through April precipitation level since 1895, how reliable
are the historical patterns traditionally used to forecast
California’s water supply? Tomorrow’s weather forecast may
be spot on, but can we ever get accurate precipitation forecasts
weeks to months in advance?
short course starting Thursday will provide
registrants the opportunity to learn more about how groundwater
is monitored, assessed and sustainably managed.
The class, offered by University of California, Davis and
several other organizations in cooperation with the Water
Education Foundation, will be held May 12, 19,
26 and June 2, 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Mark your calendars now for our upcoming fall 2022
tours exploring California’s two largest rivers – the
Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers!
On our Northern
California Tour, Oct. 12-14, participants
can learn about key reservoirs and infrastructure that transports
vital water resources statewide. Our San Joaquin
River Restoration Tour Nov. 2-3 returns this
year to tell the story of bringing back a river’s chinook
salmon while balancing water supply
needs. Registration is coming soon!
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, water quality and other water resource
We have a goal of $10,000 and we just hit
$6,000. Thank you to those who
contributed, including those who attended our open house!
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, water quality and other water resource issues.
We’re holding an open house and reception Thursday in conjunction with Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online event aimed at raising funds for nonprofits and highlighting the good work they do in their communities.
As a nonprofit, we are “mission-driven, but revenue-dependent.” Please show your support and make a tax-deductible donation today by clicking here. You can donate through midnight on Thursday, May 5. And if you donate using a Golden 1 debit or credit card, Golden 1 will proportionally match its members’ donations to all nonprofits up to $100,000.
Big Day of Giving is in just two
weeks, but you can make a
donation today to help the Foundation
continue its work to enhance public understanding about the most
important natural resource in California and the West — water.
Big Day of Giving is an annual 24-hour online event
aimed at raising funds for nonprofits and highlighting the good
work they do. You can make your Big Day
of Giving donation from now until midnight May 5.
If you donate $50 or more, you will receive your choice
of one of our beautiful water maps. And if you
donate $100 or more, you will get a map plus a $100
voucher for one of our upcoming 2022 water tours! And if you
donate using a Golden 1 debit or credit card, Golden 1 will
proportionally match its members’ donations up to $100,000.
Don’t miss your once-a-year chance to go on our
Tour and visit the epicenter of California’s drought
and groundwater sustainability efforts across one of the nation’s
most critical agricultural landscapes. Registration ends
this Friday, April 15, at noon.
If you’re a graduate of our Water Leaders
program, save the date for a reunion event in October to
mark the 25th anniversary of our program!
Swing by our new Sacramento office during our May 5
The San Joaquin Valley is at the
epicenter of California’s myriad water challenges, confronting
little to no water deliveries and increasing pressure to reduce
groundwater usage to sustainable levels. A third straight
disappointingly dry winter is deepening water security concerns
across one of the country’s most critical agricultural
How are the water suppliers that have been largely cut off from
state and federal projects going to get through the summer? And
will there be enough water this year to satisfy the competing
needs of farms, people and the environment?
Your best opportunity to understand this region’s challenges and
opportunities is to join us on our Central Valley Tour April
Join us May 5 for an open house and
reception at our new Sacramento office near the
confluence of the Sacramento and American
rivers. Stop by anytime between 2:30 and 5:30
p.m. to meet our staff and learn more about what we
do to educate and inspire understanding of California’s most
precious natural resource — water.
If you are attending the ACWA conference that week in Sacramento
and heading back to the airport Thursday afternoon we are right
on the way!
Follow us on social media channels
to learn about issues key to understanding water and to get the
latest on workshops and tours being planned at the Water
We regularly post on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and
Instagram to cast a wider net in our efforts to
educate the public about critical water resource
information, such as conservation tips to help with the
drought gripping California and the West.
As drought grips California and much of the West, water
challenges intensify. Our Water 101 Workshop on April
8 is your once-a-year opportunity to
gain a foundational understanding of water in California and
learn more about the drought and other hot topics. You can also
visit ground zero for drought impacts as we tour the San Joaquin
Valley next month during our Central Valley
And in May, visit our new office and meet the people who
carry out our programs and keep our nonprofit humming along
during our Open House. You can read the latest
Western Water article by our journalism
team on the new head of the Environmental Protection
Agency’s Region 9 office, Martha Guzman, who happens to be a
graduate of our premier Water Leaders class.
Water 101 Workshop – The Basics & Beyond: April
Our annual Water
101 Workshop in Sacramento will help you gain a
deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural
resource. The workshop is taught by some of the leading policy
and legal experts in the state and will provide critical
background on California’s water basics, such as:
• California’s water geography, history and
• California’s complex water rights system
• Regulatory agencies and their roles at the
state and federal levels
• Navigating the state’s legislative process
relative to water policy
Go beyond the headlines and learn
more about how California is adjusting to the grim reality of a
third year of drought while keeping an eye on groundwater use,
often the go-to source when surface supplies run dry.
Some of California’s top experts will address a variety of
critical issues affecting the state’s most precious natural
resource at our
April 8 Water 101 Workshop in Sacramento. But
space is limited!
Don’t miss your once-a-year opportunity
to learn more about topics in the news such as the statewide
drought, water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and
efforts to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
As a third year of drought looms,
Central Valley farmers and water managers are bracing for little
to no water deliveries from state and federal projects this year.
Aquifers are under stress and pressure is growing to reduce
groundwater depletion and the resulting ground subsidence. How is
the region 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
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 20-22.
to mid-career water professionals from across the West have
been chosen for the Water Education Foundation’s
inaugural 2022 Colorado River Water Leaders Class.
Modeled after our California Water Leaders program, now marking
its 25th anniversary, the Colorado River Water Leaders class also
includes engineers, lawyers, resource specialists, scientists and
others working for public, private and nongovernmental
organizations from across the river’s basin. The 2022 class
roster can be found
World Water Day is Tuesday, March
22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a
limited-time 30 percent discount on our beautiful
poster-size maps, Layperson’s Guides, map and guide bundles
and our book, “Water & the Shaping of California.”
Use the promo code WORLDWATERDAY2022 when checking
out of our online store.
As drought tightens its grip on
California, our Water
101 Workshop on April 8 is your once-a-year
chance to get beyond the headlines to learn more about the
state’s most precious natural resource and the hot issues
confronting the state, like groundwater sustainability, water
rights, and clean, safe and affordable drinking water.