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Three New Members Join Water Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2018

Three new members have joined the Water Education Foundation’s 33-member Board of Directors for 2018. They are Dana “Bart” Fisher Jr., a farmer in the Palo Verde Valley, Yung-Hsin Sun of Stantec, and Richard Aragon with Rancho California Water District.

Announcement Jennifer Bowles

New Year, New Changes at the Water Education Foundation

Happy New Year to all the friends and supporters of the Water Education Foundation!

As we turn the page on 2017 and the year that the Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary, we are looking ahead to exciting changes for 2018.

To start, our popular Water 101 Workshop in February will for the first time include an optional field trip. This year, we will be delving into the Delta for a one-day tour to give participants a close-up view of one of the most pressing and controversial places in water.

Our flagship publication, Western Water magazine, will soon become a completely online news resource free for anyone to get up to speed on the critical water issues facing California and the West. Pulled together by veteran journalists at the Foundation, Western Water has been the trusted source for coverage of the policy, science and legal issues surrounding water since 1977. You can sign up here to get notified via email of our latest articles. If you already get our digital magazine you will automatically be signed up. 


Tickets on Sale for All 2018 Water Tours
Join us in the field for our exciting and educational water experiences

Tickets to the Water Education Foundation 2018 water tours are on sale now!

Our tours are legendary for being packed with educational experiences you will not find anywhere else, networking opportunities with water professionals and fun adventures through the American Southwest.


River Report Examines Climate Change Impact on Colorado River Basin

Drought and climate change are having a noticeable impact on the Colorado River Basin, and that is posing potential challenges to those in the Southwestern United States and Mexico who rely on the river.

In the just-released Winter 2017-18 edition of River Report, writer Gary Pitzer examines what scientists project will be the impact of climate change on the Colorado River Basin, and how water managers are preparing for a future of increasing scarcity.

Press release Jennifer Bowles Gary Pitzer

Water Education Foundation Hires Veteran Journalist to Lead Online News Effort

The Water Education Foundation has hired veteran journalist Douglas E. Beeman as its news & publications director as it prepares to move more of its journalism online, announced Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s executive director.

Starting in 2018, the Foundation’s premiere water resources magazine, Western Water, will join the world of online media where it will increase the pace of its coverage and expand its reach via social media. Western Water currently is a quarterly print magazine.


2017 Water Leaders Class Releases Policy Recommendations for California’s Water Storage Future

The 2017 Water Leaders class organized by the Water Education Foundation completed its year with a report outlining policy recommendations for the future of water storage in California.

The class of 20 from various stakeholder groups and backgrounds that hailed from cities and towns across the state had full editorial control to chose recommendations. While they did not endorse a specific storage proposal, they recommended that California:


There’s Still Time To Snag A Special Holiday Gift For The Water Wonk In Your Life
Special holiday pricing for California Water Bundle

You still have a few days left to score a holiday water bargain: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water. 

The California water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Regularly priced at $20 for the map and $15 for the guide, this bundle allows you to purchase both of these high-quality products for $25. Please note they ship separately.


Deepen Your Knowledge of California Water and Visit the Delta
Popular Water 101 Workshop includes optional one-day Delta Tour

Deepen your knowledge of California water issues at our popular Water 101 Workshop and jump aboard the bus the next day to visit 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.


This Holiday, Give the Gift of Water Knowledge
Special holiday pricing for California Water Bundle

Here’s a special holiday gift offer for the water wonk in your life: The California Water Bundle — our beautiful California water map and Layperson’s Guide to California water. 

The California water bundle features our newly redesigned California Water Map and the most recent version of the Layperson’s Guide to California Water. Order here by Dec. 18 to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas. 


A Sense of Urgency Takes Hold Along the Overallocated Colorado River 
Read an excerpt from the latest Western Water magazine

There is a sense of urgency regarding how the overallocated Colorado River is managed amid looming shortages and a grim climate change forecast.

People who have dealt with river management issues for decades are girding for a heightened degree of activity that calls upon years of trust and collaboration to compose a plan for equitably sharing a vital resource.


On Giving Tuesday, help support water education in California

Water is one of California’s most important resources. And since 1977 the Water Education Foundation has been helping policymakers, teachers, journalists and the public gain a better understanding of water in California – and the challenges the state confronts as people weigh how water should be used, especially in times of scarcity.


Water Leaders Program Gives Big-Picture View of California, Informative Tours and Invaluable Contacts
The Dec. 5 deadline to apply for the 2018 Class is fast approaching

Fun, friendship, invaluable contacts, exposure to different viewpoints, informative tours, core knowledge and a big-picture view of California water. These are some of the things past Water Leaders say they have gained from our yearlong program for early or mid-career professionals.


Registration Now Open for Water 101 Workshop
Feb. 22 workshop in Sacramento to include optional one-day Delta Tour

Registration is now open for one of our most popular events - Water 101, which for the first time will include an optional daylong tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to give participants a close-up look at the hub of California’s water system.

Water 101, to to be held Feb. 22 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.


Redesigned Colorado River Basin Map Hot off the Press
Beautiful map depicts the river shared by seven Western states and Mexico

Our new Colorado River Basin map has been redesigned and updated for 2017. 

The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and stretches into Mexico.

Text on this beautiful, 24×36-inch map, which is suitable for framing, explains the river’s apportionment, history and the need to adapt its management for urban growth and expected climate change impacts.


Save the Dates for Our 2018 Water Tours!
Visit the mighty Colorado River and Hoover Dam, trek into the Sierra Nevada, and more!

Our popular and widely celebrated water tour program is offering six tours in 2018. Tickets are now on sale. 

In addition to our five annual tours below, we will be offering a two-day Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We offered this tour in 2017 to great success and have received requests to conduct it again.


Acclaimed Layperson’s Guide Set Gets New Addition on Climate Change
Learn how a changing climate is affecting water resources in California and across the West

The only thing predictable about California’s climate is its unpredictability and variability.

Large parts of the state feature a Mediterranean climate with wet winters and long, dry summers. The presence or absence of just a few large storms in California can make the difference between an above-average water year and a drought. Climate change threatens California through more extreme events – hotter, longer droughts and severe storms that strain the existing flood management system.


Water 101 Workshop: Save the Date for Feb. 22
Workshop to include optional one-day Delta Tour

One of our most popular events, Water 101 details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.

Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop gives attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.


Members of our Water Leaders Class See Water Issues Up Close
Apply for 2018 Water Leaders Class By Dec. 5

Our yearlong Water Leaders program is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California water issues by attending water tours, studying a topic in-depth and working with a mentor. 

You can apply for the 2018 class today; the deadline is Dec. 5. Download an application here

Members of the Water Leaders class:


Water Leaders Program Pairs Class Members with Experts in Policy, Management and Science
Apply By Dec. 5 for the 2018 Water Leaders Class

Our one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field – whether it’s on one of our water tours to the Delta or the lower Colorado River, or meeting with your assigned mentor.

Mentors play an important role in the program as they conduct a shadow day with class members and help to shape ideas for the class project on a key water topic. The project is turned into a report with policy recommendations that is presented to the Water Education Foundation’s Board of Directors toward the end of the year. 


Attend Water Leaders Reunion; Apply for 2018 Class
Reunion is part of our 40th Anniversary celebration Oct. 26

Members of our popular Water Leaders program increase their knowledge of the state’s most precious natural resource while creating fond memories spent on water tours and at events with their classmates and working on the team project.

The yearly class began at the Water Education Foundation in 1997. Now, 20 years later we are hosting a Water Leaders reunion as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration Oct. 26 in Sacramento.