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Hot off the Press: A New Look for Our California Groundwater Map
Re-designed map helps you see below the ground and understand what groundwater looks like

The Water Education Foundation has just released a new version of its California Groundwater Map. Accompanying the updated look is new information that emphasizes the value of groundwater in California.

The map displays where groundwater is located in the state using the 2016 groundwater basin map published by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Colorful graphics provide you with the chance to “see” the layers that comprise an aquifer.


Sponsorships and Exhibitor Opportunities Still Available for May 25 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

There are still sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available for the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference with a wide array of benefits, including tabletop space, complimentary registration tickets, and publicity & promotional opportunities.


Annual Bay-Delta Tour to be Held June 14-16
Early-bird prices good until May 15

Join us this summer on our Bay-Delta Tour 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.


Record Snowfall Postpones Headwaters Tour
Tour Rescheduled for Sept. 13-14

The record precipitation in 2017 in many parts of California has impacted travel and infrastructure throughout the state. Unfortunately, the unusually high snowpack has also caused us to postpone our Headwaters Tour until the fall.

The 2017 Headwaters Tour, which was planned for April 27-28, will now be held September 13-14. At that time, we will be able to safely travel the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond to view meadow restoration sites, wildfire impacts and our national forests.


Scholarships Available to Attend, Exhibit at the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference
Apply today! Limited number of scholarships available for nonprofits and low-income community members

A limited number of scholarships are available for low-income community members and nonprofits that serve low-income or under-represented communities within the Santa Ana River watershed to attend and/or exhibit at the 2017 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference on May 25 in Ontario.


Check out the Foundation’s Online Shopping Cart
Colorful maps and new layperson's guides detailing key water topics available

The Water Education Foundation is known for its colorful, poster-sized maps detailing California water, the lower Colorado River and the Delta, and its acclaimed series of Layperson’s Guides examining such topics as California water, water rights, groundwater and 13 other subjects.


Scholarships, Sponsorships and Exhibitor Opportunities Available for Santa Ana River Watershed Conference
Several ways to get involved in May 25 event in Ontario

Scholarships, sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities are available for the May 25 Santa Ana River Watershed Conference, where experts from across the region and state will examine issue key to the watershed that straddles Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. 


Attend April 12 Regional Water Summit
Agenda now available for this special half-day workshop

Learn about the people, places and plans behind regional water management at the Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit to be held April 12 in Sacramento. The keynote speaker is California Water Commissioner David Orth, principal of New Current Water and Land, LLC. Check out the rest of the agenda here.


Acclaimed Layperson’s Guide Set on Key Water Topics Gets New Addition; Updated Groundwater Guide
Learn about the Colorado River Delta and get the latest information on groundwater

A new Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Delta is now available from the Water Education Foundation. This 24-page publication provides readers with the facts about the past, present and future of this once-vast wetlands area at the end of the Colorado River near the Gulf of Mexico.

Also now available to the readers of this acclaimed series: a revised and updated Layperson’s Guide to Groundwater. Expanded to 28 pages, this version of this popular title now includes more information about groundwater overdraft and subsidence, and explains efforts underway to implement California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.


Annual Anne Schneider Lecture to Feature Robert Maddow
Free event is April 12

Robert B. Maddow, a distinguished attorney known in California for his work in water rights, water supply and recycled water, will give the annual Anne J. Schneider Lecture on water law and policy April 12 at the Crocker Art Museum.

Maddow will speak on “Anne’s New Paradigm for Sound Water and Natural Resources Policy – Creative Thinking Needed.” A discussion following the lecture will be led by State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus.

Announcement Brian Brown

California Project WET Gazette – Spring 2017 is available

The Spring 2017 California Project WET Gazette is “live” on the Water Education Foundation website. 

Recently, flood waters have torn through residential neighborhoods, roads and both spillways of our largest dam, which has led to many Californians asking the obvious questions – Isn’t the drought over and why hasn’t the state lifted the drought restrictions?


Oroville Dam and Flood Management Added to Briefing Agenda
Join us March 23 in Sacramento

Hear the story behind the headlines of the recent Oroville Dam spillway incident and challenges in flood management operations sparked by the recent heavy rains and the coming snowmelt.

The topic was just added to the agenda for the Foundation’s 34th Annual Executive Briefing, to be held this Thursday in Sacramento.


Building Capacity for Regional Sustainability in California: A Water Summit
Register today to attend this interactive workshop on April 12

What goes into a regional water sustainability plan? How do you involve all stakeholders? And how do you manage the resource – including surface water and groundwater?

Join us at this half-day workshop at the Sacramento Convention Center to learn how to achieve regional water sustainability from water and land use leaders from across the state.


Registration Now Open for Santa Ana River Watershed Conference
Scholarships, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available

Registration is now open for the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference set for May 25 in Ontario. The daylong event will be held at the Ontario Convention Center in the city of Ontario.

Join us to discuss the importance of the Santa Ana River Watershed and how, through powerful partnerships, we can find resilient solutions to  improve the quality and reliability of the region’s water supply. 

Leading water experts from across the watershed and California will discuss:


Despite Above-Average Snowfall in the Rockies, Lower Colorado River Likely to Remain in Drought
Experts will update you on the latest conditions and forecasts during our three-day tour

Since 2000, the Colorado River Basin has experienced an historic, extended drought causing reservoir storage in the Colorado River system to decline from nearly full to about half of capacity. For the Lower Basin, a key point has been to maintain the level of Lake Mead to prevent a shortage declaration.

A healthy snowfall in the Rockies has reduced the odds of a shortage this year, but the basin states still must come to terms with a static supply and growing demands, as well as future impacts from climate change.

On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 5-7, you will meet with water managers from the three Lower Basin states: Nevada, Arizona and California. Federal, state and local agencies will update you on the latest hydrologic conditions and how recent storms might change plans for water supply and storage.

Sen. Robert Hertzberg
Press release

Sen. Robert Hertzberg to Give Keynote Lunch Address at March 23 Executive Briefing
Hertzberg is chair of Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee

Highlighting the Water Education Foundation’s annual Executive Briefing on March 23 is a lunch-time address by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

The committee is the California Senate’s main policy venue for what is currently a substantial slate of legislation, from a proposed water bond (which the committee approved this week), to bills related to new storage, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, groundwater and flood management infrastructure in the wake of the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam.


Bid on Lunch with Lester Snow, Lake-Front Cabin Stay and Fly-Fishing Trip
Silent auction to be held at March 23 Executive Briefing

Attending our annual Executive Briefing on March 23 is more than just hearing in-depth discussions on the hottest water topics.

Mingle and network with attendees at the hosted reception after the conference, and bid throughout the day on some fun outings and baskets of California products during an auction that benefits our Water Leaders program.


Join Us on a Hard-Hat Tour of Hoover Dam
Register for the April 5-7 Lower Colorado River Tour

Our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 5-7, gives you a three-day journey through three states to learn about one of the largest and most managed rivers in the nation.

Our first stop will take you inside the Hoover Dam, one of America’s most famous architectural wonders to show you certain aspects that most will never see.


New Western Water Magazine Hot off the Press
Salmon restoration topic of Winter 2017 issue

In the Winter 2017 issue of the Water Education Foundation’s Western Water, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into preservation and restoration efforts of salmon in Northern California.


Provocative Water Topics on Tap at Our Executive Briefing

Don’t miss out as the most provocative water issues will be cast center stage on March 23 during the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” in Sacramento.