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For the first time in more than 60 years, year-round flows are
expected to return to a section of the San Joaquin River by the
end of October, The Associated Press reported over the weekend.
You can access
the complete story here through Aquafornia, the Water
Education Foundation’s news aggregate service.
As drought and groundwater issues continue to dominate headlines
about California water, gain a deeper understanding of the key
issues associated with the life-sustaining resource at our
popular Water 101 Workshop.
Leading policymakers and experts will serve as the
teachers of this daylong workshop with an optional half-day
Feb. 2-3 at the West Sacramento City Hall.
Water 101 is open to anyone interested in learning more about:
Members of our yearlong Water Leaders
class get out of the office to see water issues up close.
Not only do they attend our annual Executive Briefing but they
also partake in two of our popular water tours during
the program aimed at providing a deeper understanding
of California water issues and the skills to
collaborate with other stakeholder groups.
Explore more than 100 miles of Central California’s longest river
while learning about one of the nation’s largest and costliest
river restorations. Our San Joaquin River
Restoration Tour on Nov. 2-3 will feature speakers from key
governmental agencies and stakeholder groups who will explain the
restoration program’s goals and progress.
From Friant Dam in the Sierra Nevada foothills downstream to
Hills Ferry, you will meander along the banks to visit historic
sites, restoration projects, wildlife preserves, fish hatcheries,
flood control structures and farms. As on all of our tours, you
can soak up local culture; we feature speakers who share stories
and photos of their family’s agricultural history and then enjoy
dinner at a Basque restaurant with roots several generations old.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin are the two major rivers in the
Central Valley that feed the Delta, the hub of
California’s water supply network.
On our last two water tours of 2016, you will take in-depth
looks at how these rivers are managed and used for agriculture,
cities and the environment. You’ll see infrastructure, learn
about efforts to restore salmon runs and talk to people with
expertise on these rivers.
Check out the details of the two tours below and remember that
early bird prices still available for the San Joaquin River
Our annual two-day tour of the San Joaquin
River Restoration Project provides an insider’s view of one
of the largest river restorations in the nation. To encourage you
to view this historic project, we have extended the period to buy
a discounted ticket to Oct. 11.
Join us on the Nov. 2-3 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour as we
speak to key stakeholder groups along the length of the San
Joaquin River to explore this issue from numerous viewpoints.
Find out more about the drought and its impact to water quality,
fisheries and farming in the Delta region at a free Oct. 25
briefing in Stockton.
Among the speakers will be Jay Lund, Director of the UC Center
for Watershed Sciences, Delta Watermaster Michael Patrick George
and Michelle Banonis, Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s
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 Bay-Delta or meeting with your assigned
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
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a great way to
teach K-12 students about one of the most precious resources on
the planet – water. A program of the Water Education
Foundation, California Project WET offers excellent professional
development experience with an activity guide full of 90
interactive, interdisciplinary activities studying all aspects of
Groundwater has proven to be a valuable savings account in
California during the recent severe drought as surface water
supplies have run short. This year brought some areas a temporary
respite from the record dry conditions, allowing more focus on
long-term California water issues. The greatest change is in
groundwater management. Understanding California’s hydrogeology
and patterns of groundwater use are vital to understanding the
Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers,
reservoirs and groundwater. Across the state, water deliveries
have been reduced, mandatory and voluntary conservation measures
have been implemented and salmon populations have been decimated.
But what about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of
California’s major water supply systems that also serves as an
agricultural region and a crucial ecological resource?
California’s historic Sustainable Groundwater Management
Act (SGMA) is being implemented across the state.
Every high-priority and medium-priority groundwater basin and
subbasin faces different challenges and is using different
strategies to create a Groundwater Sustainability Plan. One major
step is the selection of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency
(GSA) to act as the lead agency in this process, a requirement
that must be completed by June 30, 2017.
Extensometers are among the most valuable devices hydrogeologists
use to measure subsidence, but most people – even water
professionals – have never seen one. They are sensitive and
carefully calibrated, so they are kept under lock and key and are
often in remote locations on private property.
During our California
Groundwater Tour Oct. 5-6, you will see two types of
extensometers used by the California Department of Water
Resources to monitor changes in elevation caused by groundwater
Our 2016 tour season has three chances left for you to experience
the best educational tours on California water. During these
fast-paced tours, we provide historical, scientific legal and
diverse views on often controversial topics to give you the whole
picture of this precious natural resource.
So join us this fall as we traverse major rivers and visit
In the Summer 2016 issue of the Water Education Foundation’s
Western Water, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the issue of
site-specific decisions to remove dams because they are obsolete
– choked by accumulated sediment, seismically vulnerable and out
of compliance with federal regulations that require environmental