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Agenda Posted for Upcoming Briefing about Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley
Register today for this free Aug. 16 event in Fresno

Speakers from the California Department of Water Resources, NASA/JPL, and the U.S. Geological Survey will be on tap at a free briefing Aug. 16 in Fresno, Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley.

Land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been a problem for decades in the San Joaquin Valley, but an increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade has resulted in subsidence rates in excess of 1 foot per year in some parts of the region.


Get Water News Impacting California Delivered to Your Inbox Each Week Day
Aquafornia ranks the day's water news by importance in an easy-to-read headline format

Aquafornia, the Water Education Foundation’s aggregate of the top water news of the day, is available as a free resource. 

We post all water news pertaining to California and the watersheds it depends on, including the Colorado River basin. We also post the latest entries from our blog, Western Water on Tap.


Plunge into the World of California Fish on Next Month’s Bay-Delta Tour
Learn about dozens of species – some endangered – that live from the Delta to the Bay

One of the most frequently discussed animals in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is fish. From the anadromous life cycle of the salmon to the controversial and little-understood Delta smelt to invasive species such as the largemouth bass, few animals have a larger impact on water policy and infrastructure in the Delta than the dozens of native and introduced fish found there, especially those species considered endangered.


Learn About Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley
Free briefing set for Aug. 16 in Fresno

Land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been a problem for decades in the San Joaquin Valley, but an increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade has resulted in subsidence rates in excess of one foot per year in some parts of the region.

This subsidence has destroyed thousands of public and private groundwater well casings in the San Joaquin Valley and now this subsidence is putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage.


Educational Office Decor
Check out our line of colorful poster maps

The Water Education Foundation is well known for its colorful, poster-sized maps that tell the story of our most valuable resource.

The California Water Map features natural and manmade water resources throughout the state, including the wild and scenic rivers system, federally funded projects, state-funded projects, locally funded projects and saline or alkaline lakes. It was given a new look in 2016 and remains our most popular item.


Learn the Latest Scientific Developments and Engineering Proposals for California’s Bay-Delta
Join our three-day tour of the state’s water hub to hear dozens of expert speakers

Each year we update the itineraries for our annual water tours to provide you with the latest developments in water policy, technology and research. The Bay-Delta Tour, which will be held on June 14 -16, will showcase several new speakers and stories this year.


To Prop 1 and Beyond! Aligning Local, State & Federal Dollars for a Resilient Watershed
Learn more at the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference May 25th in Ontario

Water is expensive – and securing enough money to ensure reliability and efficiency of the state’s water systems and ecosystems is a constant challenge.

In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, authorizing a $7.5 billion bond to fund water projects throughout the state. This included investments in water storage, watershed protection and restoration, groundwater sustainability and drinking water protection.


Latest Western Water Magazine Is Hot Off the Presses
Spring 2017 issue examines storage

In the Spring 2017 issue of the Water Education Foundation’s Western Water, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the challenges and opportunities for new water storage around the state.


Don’t Miss Our Most Popular Tour And a Chance to Explore California’s Water Hub
Early-bird prices for the June 14-16 Bay-Delta Tour end Monday

Our annual Bay-Delta Tour is our most popular tour. Last year it sold out with nearly 100 participants! Don’t miss your opportunity to reserve a seat for this year’s June 14-16 tour. And remember, Monday (May 15) is the deadline for an early-bird discount on tickets.


Mapping Water Use to be a Key Topic at May 25th Water Conference in Ontario
Sponsorship & exhibitor opportunities still available along with scholarships for nonprofits, low-income community members

Times are changing in the water world with a finite supply of water, climate change producing more drought conditions and constant water demands for agricultural, residential and environmental needs. Data – statistics collected for reference or analysis – is one way to make water management more efficient through better information for agencies and stakeholders who can, in turn, facilitate the transformation. 


Visit Us at Booth 3 at the ACWA Conference in Monterey This Week
Learn about our upcoming water tours, events

Visit us in Monterey this week where the Association of California Water Agencies is holding its 2017 Spring Conference and Exhibition.

We’ll be exhibiting at Booth 3 in the lobby of the Monterey Marriott just outside the San Carlos Ballroom. 


Donate Today! The Big Day of Giving is Today, May 4th
Help us make a big splash for water education!

The BIG DAY OF GIVING is finally here!

Donate here today to help support our mission of educating people on water  – our most precious natural resource – in California and across the Southwest.

Minimum donation is $15 but if you give $100 or more, we’ll send you our one-of-a-kind California water map!  

The Big Day of Giving is the annual online giving challenge, first launched in 2014 in the Sacramento region to help nonprofits. The Water Education Foundation, based in midtown Sacramento, is participating for the first time.

Thank you for any amount! We are grateful for the support!


Help Us Make a Big Splash on the 2017 Big Day of Giving
Schedule your donation by May 4th!

The Big Day of Giving, or BDOG, is the annual online giving challenge, first launched in 2014 in the Sacramento region.The Water Education Foundation, based in midtown Sacramento, will be participating in BDOG for the first time on Thursday, May 4! 

Last year’s Big Day of Giving celebration raised $7 million for nonprofit organizations in the greater Sacramento area and highlighted the good work happening here in our community!

Help us meet our fundraising goal of $20,000 during the BDOG online campaign! Visit this link to schedule your online donation in support of the Foundation today for processing on May 4, 2017 or you can visit the same link on May 4th! 


Agenda Posted for May 25 Santa Ana River Watershed “OWOW” Conference

Mapping water use, engaging under-represented communities and showcasing integrated water projects will be on tap for the upcoming Santa Ana River Watershed Conference, which will be held on May 25 in Ontario, Calif.

Working together to make a finite resource infinite will be the focus of the one-day event, convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation. Up to 300 attendees from across the watershed and California are expected to attend the event at the Ontario Convention Center.


See the Delta Through the Eyes of the Experts
Bay-Delta Tour features speakers whose jobs focus on the region

After five years of record drought, the past year’s deluge is helping to recharge reservoirs across the state. But how much has the recent precipitation helped the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural center and a crucial ecological resource?

Find out on our annual Bay-Delta Tour, June 14-16, as we hear from water experts, farmers and environmental specialists about the current state of the Delta and what the future may hold for this vital region.


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.


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.