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Registration Now Open for Water 101 Workshop
Feb. 22 workshop in Sacramento to include optional one-day Delta Tour

Registration is now open for one of our most popular events - Water 101, which for the first time will include an optional daylong tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to give participants a close-up look at the hub of California’s water system.

Water 101, to to be held Feb. 22 at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.


Redesigned Colorado River Basin Map Hot off the Press
Beautiful map depicts the river shared by seven Western states and Mexico

Our new Colorado River Basin map has been redesigned and updated for 2017. 

The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and stretches into Mexico.

Text on this beautiful, 24×36-inch map, which is suitable for framing, explains the river’s apportionment, history and the need to adapt its management for urban growth and expected climate change impacts.


Save the Dates for Our 2018 Water Tours!
Visit the mighty Colorado River and Hoover Dam, trek into the Sierra Nevada, and more!

Our popular and widely celebrated water tour program is offering six tours in 2018. Tickets are now on sale. 

In addition to our five annual tours below, we will be offering a two-day Headwaters Tour in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We offered this tour in 2017 to great success and have received requests to conduct it again.


Acclaimed Layperson’s Guide Set Gets New Addition on Climate Change
Learn how a changing climate is affecting water resources in California and across the West

The only thing predictable about California’s climate is its unpredictability and variability.

Large parts of the state feature a Mediterranean climate with wet winters and long, dry summers. The presence or absence of just a few large storms in California can make the difference between an above-average water year and a drought. Climate change threatens California through more extreme events – hotter, longer droughts and severe storms that strain the existing flood management system.


Water 101 Workshop: Save the Date for Feb. 22
Workshop to include optional one-day Delta Tour

One of our most popular events, Water 101 details the history, geography, legal and political facets of water in California as well as hot topics currently facing the state.

Taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state, the one-day workshop gives attendees a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.


Members of our Water Leaders Class See Water Issues Up Close
Apply for 2018 Water Leaders Class By Dec. 5

Our yearlong Water Leaders program is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California water issues by attending water tours, studying a topic in-depth and working with a mentor. 

You can apply for the 2018 class today; the deadline is Dec. 5. Download an application here

Members of the Water Leaders class:


Water Leaders Program Pairs Class Members with Experts in Policy, Management and Science
Apply By Dec. 5 for the 2018 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 Delta or the lower Colorado River, 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. 


Attend Water Leaders Reunion; Apply for 2018 Class
Reunion is part of our 40th Anniversary celebration Oct. 26

Members of our popular Water Leaders program increase their knowledge of the state’s most precious natural resource while creating fond memories spent on water tours and at events with their classmates and working on the team project.

The yearly class began at the Water Education Foundation in 1997. Now, 20 years later we are hosting a Water Leaders reunion as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration Oct. 26 in Sacramento.


Tour of the San Joaquin River is Almost Sold Out
Our final 2017 tour dives deep into river restoration

A few tickets are still available for our Nov. 1-2 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, a once-a-year educational opportunity to see the program’s progress first-hand. The tour begins and ends in Fresno with an overnight stay in Los Banos. 


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Want to keep track of the Water Education Foundation’s events, tours and educational programs? We offer various options besides this eNewsletter.

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Our Twitter site features photos of our tours and other events, factoids about our upcoming 40th anniversary and breaking news alerts.


The Water Education Foundation: 40 Years Strong and Counting
Network, celebrate and gain insight into the Foundation's past and future on Oct. 26 at an anniversary bash in Sacramento

The Water Education Foundation opened its doors  in 1977 when California was in the second year of a major drought, and it quickly became a vital source of nonpartisan, in-depth information about water resources in California and the West.

Over the years, the Foundation has provided a vast repertoire of news, educational materials and programs designed to increase awareness about water, including tours of key watersheds, workshops, a quarterly magazine, Western Water, and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).


Apply Today for Our 2018 Water Leaders Class
Applications, now available for the popular yearlong program, are due by Dec. 5

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills.

Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions.


Celebrate 40 Years of Water Education at our Anniversary Dinner
Join us Oct. 26 at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento

When the Water Education Foundation first produced its iconic California water map in 1979, a side of beef donated by a rancher was raffled off at a major water conference to help fund its creation. Today, the maps are displayed at highway rest stops and offices up and down the state.

The hot water topic back in 1982 was the Peripheral Canal. When the Foundation first wrote about the proposal for Western Water magazine, some 10,000 extra copies were sold at 35 cents each.


Agricultural History and Habitat Restoration Come to Life on San Joaquin River Tour
Our two-day tour in November 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. 1-2 will feature speakers from key governmental agencies and stakeholder groups who will explain the restoration program’s goals and progress.


Get Your Ticket to Our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 26 in Sacramento
Ticket sales now open for anniversary and Water Leaders reunion; proceeds benefit water education programs

Forty years ago, the Water Education Foundation opened its doors in Sacramento as a nonprofit, nonpolitical, tax-exempt educational organization.


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.

Our last two water tours of 2017 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.


Build Your Reference Library
Visit our online store to purchase maps, publications and more

At the Water Education Foundation, we publish informative layperson’s guides, colorful water maps, and water awareness materials!

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


Northern California Tour Highlights Water Infrastructure
Visit key components of state and federal water projects

Each year, participants on the Northern California Water Tour enjoy three days exploring the Sacramento Valley during the temperate fall. Join us as we travel along the Sacramento and Feather rivers through a scenic landscape and  learn about issues associated with storing and delivering the state’s water supply.


Hot off the Press: New Western Water Magazine
Summer 2017 explores steps taken uner the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and what's next

In the Summer 2017 issue of Western Water, “Now Comes the Hard Part: Building Sustainable Groundwater Management in California,” Writer Gary Pitzer looks into the efforts of agencies beginning the task of bringing their basins to a level of sustainability in accordance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). California’s landmark 2014 law aims to repair the effects of decades of unmanaged groundwater pumping, which have left some parts of the state in “critical” overdraft.


Sale Ends Soon on Special Groundwater Education Packet
Poster map and guide combo only $20 until Aug. 31

What is groundwater? Where does it occur in California? What is an aquifer? What is overdraft? And how can groundwater be managed? These are all important things to understand in a state where 40 percent of the water supply comes from underground.

But what does an aquifer look like? And how is water extracted for use on farms and in homes? Those questions are illustrated on the Foundation’s beautiful California Groundwater Map poster, which was updated and re-designed earlier this year.