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Improve Drought Preparedness By Digging into the Past at April 19th Workshop in San Pedro
Learn new details about historic droughts in Southern California watersheds and how they provide insight on water management today

Cracked dirt as in a droughtCalifornia’s 2012-2016 drought revealed vulnerabilities for water users throughout the state, and the long-term record suggests more challenges may lie ahead.  

An April 19 workshop in San Pedro will highlight new information about drought durations in Southern California watersheds dating back centuries.


Explore Ecological Challenges Facing the Salton Sea on our Lower Colorado River Tour April 11-13
Participants see important stop on Pacific Flyway and hear experts on efforts to aid state’s largest inland body of water

Shore birds at the Salton SeaThe Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, is struggling ecologically and shrinking as water is transferred from surrounding desert farms to San Diego County.

On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, we will visit this fragile ecosystem that harbors 400 bird species and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea, including managers of the Imperial Irrigation District, the Salton Sea Authority and California’s appointed “Sea Czar,” assistant secretary on Salton Sea policy Bruce Wilcox.


Latest Western Water Looks at Giving the Homeless a Voice On Water, and Rafting Down the Colorado River
Southern California ethnographic study believed to be one of the first of its kind in California

Angel Stadium homeless encampmentThe homeless face myriad challenges, not the least of which is gaining access to clean water for drinking and sanitation. Western Water writer Gary Pitzer takes a look at a new effort in Southern California that could help water agencies find solutions to the vexing challenges the homeless face in gaining access to clean water.

Hoover Dam

Traverse California and the Southwest to See Their Most Iconic Water Places
First major water tour of 2018 starts next week

Lake TahoeJoin us for one of our highly praised water tours as we visit such iconic places as Hoover Dam and the Salton Sea, the Northern California headwaters near sparkling Lake Tahoe and deep into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. Each tour stop uncovers a wealth of knowledge about water issues and challenges, and plenty of questions for our expert speakers.

Discounted early bird registration is still available for all tours except the Central Valley Tour. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming tours:


See a Bounty of San Joaquin Valley Crops on Farm Visits During Central Valley Tour
Act now, our March 14-16 water tour is almost sold out!

The San Joaquin Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket, is one of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions.

During our three-day Central Valley Tour, March 14-16, you will meet farmers who will explain how they prepare the fields, irrigate their crops and harvest the produce that helps feed the world. We also will drive through hundreds of miles of farmland and visit the rivers, dams, reservoirs and groundwater wells that provide the water.


Latest Western Water Looks At Water Rights for Environment, Success Stories, and Online Shift
PPIC idea to set aside water for environment and stakeholder reaction examined in Western Water in-depth article

Water rights and water for the environment — there may be no California water topics more contentious than those two. In the latest Western Water in-depth article, writer Gary Pitzer takes a look at proposals to give something akin to a water right to the environment to protect fish and ecosystems.


Join Us on a Hard-Hat Tour of Hoover Dam, Other Infrastructure on Upcoming Lower Colorado River Tour
Register now for the April 11-13 tour

On our three-day journey along the Colorado River, April 11-13, you will learn about one of the largest and most managed rivers in the nation and go deep inside Hoover Dam, one of the nation’s most iconic structures.


San Joaquin Valley’s Water Issues and Challenges Explored on Central Valley Tour March 14-16
Tour participants visit dams, water projects, farms, wildlife areas and more on educational trek through valley

Guests talk with farmer Joe Del Bosque on Central Valley TourWeave through the nation’s breadbasket and get a better understanding of water issues and challenges in the San Joaquin Valley on the Foundation’s Central Valley Tour March 14-16

Sign-ups are now underway for the tour, the first of the Foundation’s six general tours for 2018


Enjoy San Joaquin Valley History and Culture on Our Central Valley Tour in March
Stops include local winery, restaurants and historic Miller & Lux ranch headquarters

Our tours are famous for not only being packed with diverse educational opportunities about California water, but showcasing local culture. Our Central Valley Tour on March 14-16 lets you unwind at a few San Joaquin Valley gems and hear stories that go back generations. Act now to take advantage of our special early bird discount, it expires Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 6:00 p.m.


Annual Tour of Bay-Delta Region, Key to California Water, Set For May 16-18
Early-bird prices good through April 16 for tour of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay

Join us this spring on our Bay-Delta Tour, May 16-18, as we start out exploring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that provides a funnel for drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation water to 3 million acres of farmland.


Western Water Launches Online Coverage With Climate Scientist Q&A, ‘On the Road’ Visit
UCLA scientist Daniel Swain talks about California weather, its water supply and a drought-inducing ridge

Western Water, a trusted news source on water resource issues since 1977, is now online with a Q&A with climate scientist Daniel Swain and an On the Road feature about Mendota Pool, one of the stops on our Central Valley Tour next month.

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel

Roster of Speakers, Topics Unveiled for Feb. 22 Water 101 Workshop
Learn about California water basics and go beyond the headlines; jump on the bus for the optional Delta tour the next day

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 groundwater, climate change and the Delta. For the first time, the workshop offers an optional tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta the next day.


Water 101 Workshop on Feb. 22 Includes an Inside Look at the Legislature
Learn about the water-related topics being addressed by state lawmakers and how bills move through the Legislature

Some of the biggest decisions in California water come from the Legislature. In recent years, state lawmakers passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, perhaps the most important water-related law in 100 years.


Explore Diverse Wildlife Habitat on Central Valley Tour March 14-16
Learn how water is managed in ecologically fragile areas and which species benefit

Water in the Central Valley supports more than just farms and cities – it supports ecological wonders, endangered species and a diverse array of wildlife.

On our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16, you will visit wildlife habitat areas – some of which are closed to the public – and learn directly from the experts who manage them, in addition to seeing farms, large dams and other infrastructure.


2018 Water Leaders Class Examines How Big Data Can Improve Resource Management
Up-and-coming water professionals chosen for highly competitive program

Twenty-two early to mid-career water professionals have been chosen for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive career development program.


Tour the Lower Colorado River in April and See the ‘Lifeblood of the Southwest’ Up Close
Join us as we visit Hoover Dam and other infrastructure, wildlife refuges, farming regions and the Salton Sea

Tickets are now on sale for the Water Education Foundation’s April 11-13 tour of the Lower Colorado River. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit key sites along one of the nation’s most famous rivers, including a private tour of Hoover Dam, Central Arizona Project’s Mark Wilmer pumping plant and the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The tour also visits the Salton Sea, Slab City, the All-American Canal and farming regions in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.


Central Valley Tour Offers Unique View of San Joaquin Valley’s Key Dams and Reservoirs
March 14-16 tour includes major federal and state water projects

Get a unique view of the San Joaquin Valley’s key dams and reservoirs that store and transport water on our March Central Valley Tour.

Our Central Valley Tour, March 14-16, offers a broad view of water issues in the San Joaquin Valley. In addition to the farms, orchards, critical habitat for threatened bird populations, flood bypasses and a national wildlife refuge, we visit some of California’s major water infrastructure projects.


Western Water Expands Resource Coverage With Online Move
Sign Up Now for Foundation's flagship publication, known for in-depth water coverage

Western Water, the Foundation’s flagship publication, has been providing respected, in-depth coverage of water resource issues in California and the Colorado River Basin in a print format since 1977. Beginning this year, Western Water is moving online.


Get a Primer on California’s Complicated Water Rights System at Water 101 Workshop
Feb. 22 workshop includes optional Delta Tour the next day

California’s complicated water rights system was highlighted in recent years as state regulators curtailed some water rights due to the drought. That action prompted some water rights holders to go to court to retain their rights. Others called for a revamping of the water rights system all together. And more recently, some have called for giving a water right to the environment.


Water 101 Workshop a Rare Opportunity for New Water District Directors
Once-a-year event gives statewide context to California's most critical resource

Our Water 101 Workshop is a unique, once-a-year opportunity designed to give newly elected water district directors and other participants a chance to go beyond the headlines and gain a deeper understanding of California water.

Participants at the Feb. 22 workshop at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento will learn from top experts about: