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Project WET Offers Free Workshops on Water Topics for Educators Across California
Topics include water conservation, climate change and Next Generation Science Standards

The Water Education Foundation is the California coordinator of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), an international, award-winning nonprofit water education program and publisher.

California Project WET works with water agencies, water research scientists, professors of teacher education and after-school program directors to provide high-quality professional development trainings for K-12 educators working in and out of the classroom.


Join us for a ‘Test-Run’ of a Delta Landscapes Guide
Free July 25 workshop in West Sacramento

Restoration practitioners, Delta landowners, regulators and others are invited to attend a free July 25 workshop to help test-run and develop a user’s guide to Delta restoration based on the Delta Landscapes Project.

The Delta Landscapes Project (funded by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife) seeks ways to achieve better restoration results by understanding how the natural systems in the Delta originally functioned during the early 1800s, before the California Gold Rush and subsequent landscape-level changes.


Explore the Upper Watershed on September Headwaters Tour
Two-day tour examines the role of upper watersheds in water supply, quality; overnights in Lake Tahoe

Sixty percent of California’s developed water supply originates high in the Sierra Nevada. Thus, the state’s water supply is largely dependent on the health of Sierra forests, which are suffering from ecosystem degradation, drought, wildfires and widespread tree mortality.

Join us as we head into the Sierra foothills and the mountains to examine water issues that happen upstream but have dramatic impacts downstream and throughout California.


Registration Underway for Free Briefing about Land Subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley
Tickets going fast for Aug. 16 event at Fresno State

Learn about land subsidence problems caused by groundwater pumping in the San Joaquin Valley and what is being done to monitor the critical conditions at a free briefing Aug. 16 at Fresno State.

Land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has resulted in subsidence rates in excess of 1 foot per year in some parts of the region, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage.


California Project WET Gazette – Summer 2017 is available

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

Water is flowing forth from the Sierra Nevada, as a record setting snowpack begins to melt into a record setting flow of liquid propelled downhill by gravity. How to better capture, store and release more of this water from abundant storm years has been a big topic of discussion among California water managers and water user groups over our past decade of multi-year droughts, punctuated by a great deluge of precipitation in a single water year. 


Last Chance to Buy Bay-Delta Tour Tickets
Don’t miss your seat for a behind-the-scenes look at California’s water hub

Our annual Bay-Delta Tour, June 14-16, has only a handful of seats remaining.

This comprehensive look at the hub of California’s water systems is an amazing opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes understanding of efforts to maintain water supplies, water quality, farming, levee integrity, habitat for endangered species, and many other topics. You’re accompanied by experts every step of the way and granted access to facilities that are generally closed to the public.


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.