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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.


Enjoy Local Bounty on Our Central Valley Tour
Itinerary includes local restaurants and winery

Our tours are famous for not only being packed with diverse educational opportunities about California water, but showcasing local culture. Our Central Valley Tour on March 8-10 lets you unwind at a few San Joaquin Valley treasures and hear stories that go back generations.


Forty Years Strong: Water Education Foundation Marks Anniversary Monday
Save the Date - Oct. 26 - for Our Anniversary Dinner & Water Leaders Reunion Reception

The Water Education Foundation is marking its 40th anniversary this year with a special celebration dinner Oct. 26 in Sacramento at the Sterling Hotel.

But this Monday (February 27th) is the actual anniversary of the Foundation’s articles of incorporation being filed in 1977, creating a nonprofit, nonpolitical, tax-exempt educational organization.


See a Bounty of Crops on Farm Visits and from the Bus Window
Agriculture is everywhere on our three-day water tour of the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley, known as the nation’s breadbasket, is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States. During our three-day Central Valley water tour, you will meet farmers who will explain how they prepare the fields, irrigate their crops and harvest the produce that helps feed the world. We will also drive through hundreds of miles of farmland and visit the sources of the water – rivers, dams and wells.


Fran Spivy-Weber to be Keynote at Executive Briefing
State Board's water conservation decision among topics to be discussed

Keynoting the Water Education Foundation’s Executive Briefing March 23 will be Frances Spivy-Weber, who is retiring from the State Water Resources Control Board after 10 years.

During that time, there have been a plethora of changes for the State Water Board, including its assumption of drinking water safety regulations and a stepped-up enforcement regime aimed at protecting the environment and other water rights holders.


Attention Lawyers: MCLE Credits Available for Our Tours, Most Events

Most conferences and all tours of key water sites in California and the Southwest that are held by the Water Education Foundation are eligible for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits required by the State Bar of California.

We have been an approved MCLE provider for decades and are a valued source of up-to-date information for attorneys who attend our conferences and water tours.

Our upcoming 2017 events that offer MCLE credits are:



Explore Diverse Wildlife Habitat on Central Valley Tour
See how water is managed in ecologically fragile areas

Our water tours give a behind-the-scenes look at major water issues in California. On our Central Valley Tour, March 8-10, you will visit wildlife habitat areas – some of which are closed to the public – and learn directly from the experts who manage them, in addition to seeing farms, large dams and other infrastructure.


Controversial Delta Flows Among Topics at March 23 Executive Briefing

These are not the best of times for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The center of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed WaterFix, the Delta suffers from an array of maladies that offer a gloomy prospect for its ecological future and continued role as hub of the state’s water supply.