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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!

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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.

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Learn About Infrastructure and Environmental Restoration During Lower Colorado River Tour
Our virtual journey of the iconic river happens May 20

Brian Golding, Sr., Economic Development Director, Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, stands in the Yuma East WetlandsVisit key infrastructure and environmental restoration sites along the lower Colorado River during our online tour May 20 of the iconic river as it weaves through the Lower Basin states of California, Nevada and Arizona.

Our Lower Colorado River Tour starts at Hoover Dam near Las Vegas and stops at major agricultural regions, tourist destinations and key wildlife areas such as the Salton Sea and a wildlife refuge in Yuma, Ariz. resulting from a tribal-city partnership.

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Join Us May 6 for a Fun Virtual Open House on Big Day of Giving
Test your water knowledge in our trivia contest, win prizes and enjoy a happy hour and chat rooms!

Open House imageJoin us May 6 for a virtual 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 runs from 4:30–5:30 p.m., when you will be able to bounce among chatrooms to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and join a fast and fun trivia contest hosted by our Programs Director Nick Gray.

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Last Chance To Register For Next Week’s Water 101 Workshop
Leading policy and legal experts explain everything you need to know to understand California water

There’s just one week left to register for our Water 101 Workshop, which offers a primer on the things you need to know to understand California water.

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Explore California’s Water Basics & the Lifeblood of the Southwest During Upcoming Virtual Events
Register for our Water 101 Workshop and/or Lower Colorado River Tour

Water 101 Our two-day Water 101 Workshop begins on Earth Day, when you can gain a deeper understanding of California’s most precious natural resource.

One of our most popular events, the 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, including the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in the state, as well a look at hot topics and current issues of concern.

Registration is now open for our May 20 virtual Lower Colorado River Tour! Learn about the role this ‘lifeblood of the Southwest’ plays in the three Lower Basin states of Nevada, Arizona and California, and how its water helps to sustain their cities, farms and wildlife areas.

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Updated Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project Hot Off the Press
Latest edition of the Guide offers a "mini-textbook" to history, key issues and challenges facing California's largest surface water system

Our Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project has just been updated to reflect the latest developments affecting California’s largest surface water delivery system.

The 24-page guide explores the history of the Central Valley Project, from its roots as a state water project that stalled amid the Great Depression to its development as a federal project that stretches from Shasta Dam in far Northern California to Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley. 

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Join Us For Virtual Open House May 6 on Big Day of Giving
Learn about the various ways the Foundation is serving our mission and delivering programs to foster public understanding about water

Join us in early May for a virtual open house and happy hour event to meet our staff, learn how we pivoted last year amid the coronavirus pandemic and find out what we have planned for later this year to foster understanding of California’s most precious natural resource - water.

During the May 6 open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m., you will be able to enter chatrooms and speak to our executive director and staff about our water tours, conferences, maps, publications and training programs for teachers and up-and-coming community leaders involved in water. You’ll also be able to learn more about how you can support our work.

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California’s Complex Water Rights System Explained at Water 101 Workshop
April 22-23 online event includes primer on who owns California’s water

From the very first gold miners making claims to divert streams in the Sierra Nevada foothills to the later wrangling that enabled irrigation of Central Valley farmland and drinking water to be sent to growing cities in California, water rights are an indispensable cornerstone of the state’s  water supply and delivery system.

But they can also be complex, and gaining an understanding of their history at our Water 101 Workshop in April will provide context for issues that could come up in the future. In the last drought, for example, the state curtailed some water rights as surface supplies became more scarce.

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Foundation Board of Directors Reappoints Mike Chrisman as President; Welcomes Hancock Water Resources VP to Board
Board members representing various water interests also reappoint Celeste Cantú as VP

Mike Chrisman, the new president of the Water Education Foundation’s board of directors, with Executive Director Jenn Bowles at the Foundation's 2018 Water Summit in Sacramento.Each year, the Board of Directors of the Water Education Foundation votes to accept a member of the graduating Water Leaders class to join the board for a three-year term.

For the 2020 class, the board selected Carl B. Evers III, vice president of water resources for Hancock Natural Resource Group, where he is responsible for the management of water policy at the state and national level for the company’s agricultural investments in the western United States. 

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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Bundle Features Map and Layperson’s Guide at a Special Price
Foundation offers array of bundles, maps, guides and other publications to expand your knowledge of water

Explore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, one of California’s most vital ecological and water resources, with a special discounted education bundle that includes our brand-new Delta Map and our recently updated Layperson’s Guide to the Delta.

Purchased separately, the map retails for $20 and the guide sells for $15. But with our Delta Education Bundle you can get both items for just $30.

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Hot Off the Press! Our Map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Has a New Look
Redesigned map highlights the Delta’s importance as a farming region, ecological resource and hub for California’s water supply system

2021 map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin DeltaOur map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has been updated with a fresh, new look and new text and images to better tell the story of one of California’s most important ecological and water supply resources. 

The new map explores the Delta’s importance as a haven for birds, fish and other wildlife, its vital role in moving water to farms and cities across California, and the array of challenges facing the Delta’s present and future. The map also highlights life in the Delta, including its role as a farming region and its attractions for fishermen, boaters and others looking for recreation. 

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Groundwater Session Added to April 22-23 Virtual Water 101 Workshop
Engaging online workshop to cover California water basics & beyond

Groundwater pump in the Sacramento ValleyLearn from top water experts at our annual Water 101 Workshop about the history, hydrology and law behind California water as well as hot topics such as water equity, the Delta and flows, new federal administration and more.

This year’s workshop, set for April 22-23, will be held virtually and feature a presentation devoted solely to groundwater. In a typical year, groundwater quenches some 40 percent of the state’s freshwater needs, and 85 percent of Californians depend on groundwater for at least portion of their drinking water supply. With California using more groundwater than any other state, participants will learn how all this affects efforts to comply with the state’s 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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Save the Date for Our Virtual Lower Colorado River Tour on May 20
Take the Pulse of the ‘Lifeline of the Southwest’ During Online Event

Mark your calendars now for our virtual Lower Colorado River Tour on May 20 to learn about the important 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, wildlife areas and farms. Registration is coming soon!

This virtual journey will cover a stretch of the Colorado River from Hoover Dam and its reservoir Lake Mead, the nation’s tallest concrete dam and largest reservoir respectively, down to the U.S./Mexico border and up to the Salton Sea.