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Drought Along the Colorado River
Our latest River Report explores steps being taken in the Upper Basin

Dependence on the Colorado River as a water supply source has been shaken by 16 years of drought that have rewritten the rules for managing water. In the Lower Basin, water users are grappling with the potential of a shortage that would reduce annual allocations.


Water 101 Workshop Agenda Now Posted

Learn all about California water at our popular Water 101 Workshop.

The event, held once a year, gives attendees a chance to gain a deeper understanding of our state’s most precious natural resource, including the history, hydrology, legal aspects of water, along with hot topics.

The agenda is now posted for the Feb. 2-3 event in West Sacramento. Check it out here and see all the experts lined up to teach the various sessions.

Press release

Former Bureau Commissioner Bob Johnson Elected Board President of Water Education Foundation
Board of Directors Also Elects Former California Natural Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman as Board Member and Elevates Celeste Cantú to Board Secretary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Bob Johnson, a former commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, was elected president of the Water Education Foundation’s board of directors, taking the helm as the organization marks its 40th anniversary in 2017.

Johnson replaces Bill Mills, who had been president since 2007 and will remain on the board as a director. Mills is a water consultant who was general manager of the Orange County Water District from 1987 to 2002.

Announcement Jennifer Bowles

Happy 2017 From the Water Education Foundation – A Letter from the Executive Director
Water 101, Headwater Tours, our 40th Anniversary and more!

Happy New Year to the supporters and followers of the Water Education Foundation!

This will be a big year for the Foundation as we celebrate our 40th anniversary! We began in 1977 in the second year of a drought. Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Jerry Brown was governor of California. Some things never change!

We are planning a few events to mark the milestone – a picnic in the summer for attendees of our tours no matter how long ago you joined us for an outing, and a special dinner in the fall.


Project WET Gazette – Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 California Project WET Gazette is “live” on the Water Education Foundation website. The ocean is the focus of the winter edition, which includes an ‘Oceans Habitat’ activity.

The list of 2017 workshops is growing! Check out the workshops.


Water 101 Workshop: A Rare Opportunity for New Directors, Anyone Interested in Learning More about the Critical Resource

Our Water 101 Workshop in February in West Sacramento is a unique, once-a-year opportunity designed to give newly elected water district directors and other participants a chance to go beyond the headlines and gain a deeper understanding of California water.

Participants will learn from top experts, such as former Natural Resources Secretary Lester Snow, about:


Learn from Top Experts, Policymakers at Water 101 Workshop
Event to be held Feb. 2-3 in West Sacramento

As drought, groundwater and Delta issues continue to dominate headlines, attend our popular Water 101 workshop to learn from leading policymakers and experts about key issues associated with the life-sustaining resource.

Among the speakers on the first day of the 1-1/2 day workshop on February 2-3 at the West Sacramento City Hall are:


Our California Water Map has a New Look
Order your copy today!

A new look for our most popular product! Widely known as being the definitive poster that shows the integral role water plays in the state, the California Water Map has been updated just in time for the holidays.

The map features beautiful photos of California’s natural environment, rivers, water projects, wildlife, and urban and agricultural uses.


Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Tours
Registration now open for all six tours

The Water Education Foundation has announced the line-up for its 2017 water tours. Six tours, including a new one to the headwaters area of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the mountains around Lake Tahoe, will be offered:

Announcement Jennifer Bowles

Thanks for your support this year; see what’s on tap for 2017
A letter from the executive director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I and the staff at the Water Education Foundation want to extend our deep gratitude to everyone who came on a tour with us this year, attended one of our conference or Project WET workshops, and read Western Water magazine or any of our other publications on key water topics.


Year-round Flows Restored to Section of San Joaquin River
Join our Nov. 2-3 tour of the river to see restoration program progress first-hand

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.


Registration Now Open for Water 101 Workshop
Popular event to be held in February at West Sacramento City Hall

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 Water Leaders Class See Water Issues Up Close
Apply for 2017 Water Leaders Class By Dec. 7

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.

Among other things, class members:


Check Out the Agenda for Drought and the Delta Briefing
Sign up today for the free Oct. 25 event in Stockton

How has California’s severe drought affected the Delta? And what does the future hold for this vital agricultural and ecological region that also serves as the hub of the state’s water system?


Agricultural History and Habitat Restoration Come to Life on San Joaquin River Tour
Our two-day tour takes you into the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley

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.


Visit Our Online Store for Water Maps, Books and More!

At the Water Education Foundation, we create colorful water maps, informative layperson’s guides and even books!

Here is a sampling of our most popular products, whose proceeds help to support our mission.


Explore Key California Rivers on the Last Two Water Tours of the Year
Join us as we meander along the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers

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 Restoration Tour.


Get an Insider’s View of One of the Nation’s Largest River Restorations
Early Bird Discount Extended until October 11

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.


Drought and the Delta Briefing to Feature Key Topics and Top Speakers
Sign up for free Oct. 25 event today

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 Bay-Delta Office.


Water Leaders Program Pairs Class Members with Experts in Policy, Management
Apply By Dec. 7 for the 2017 Water Leaders Class

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 mentor.

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 the year.