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Groundwater Issues and Solutions the Focus of Presentations by Global Experts
International Groundwater Conference June 28-30 in San Francisco

More than 150 speakers from around the world will discuss global groundwater issues, present the latest scientific and policy information about common problems, and discuss potential solutions June 28-30 at Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy in San Francisco.


Hot off the Press: 2016 Summer California Project WET Gazette is available

The Summer 2016 edition of the California Project WET Gazette is available free of charge on our website.

This edition of the newsletter includes:

  • Lands of Wonder – the links between California’s national parks and Project WET activities
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Websites of Interest
  • Summer Events
  • Grants, Scholarships and Contests

Global Groundwater Issues Focus of June 28-30 Conference
Hear from more than 150 experts and view more than 40 research posters

Global groundwater issues are a major focus of the June 28-30 International Groundwater Conference in San Francisco. This event will provide participants with, among other things, the opportunity to hear the latest scientific and policy information about common problems worldwide and learn about possible solutions from international experts.

Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world’s drinking water and much of the world’s irrigation water supply. Agricultural regions in all countries face similar challenges experienced in California: drought, overuse, groundwater salinity, nitrate pollution and ensuring a sustainable supply for the future.


New Western Water Magazine Issue Available
The Delta at a Crossroads

In the Spring 2016 issue of the Water Education Foundation’s Western Water, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the dilemma of balancing needs for the economy and the environ­ment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the impor­tance of transporting water to the south.

Pitzer discusses the California WaterFix, a $15 billion plan supported by the state of California and the federal government that would involve a major re-working of the Delta plumbing system.


International Groundwater Conference to Examine Nitrate Contamination, Its Prevention and Cleanup
Join us June 28-30 for the conference in San Francisco

Nitrate in groundwater is one of the most pressing contamination issues in agricultural areas around the world, from California’s Central Valley to Denmark and New Zealand. Nitrate pollution threatens both people and the environment, and preventing it from seeping into aquifers and removing it from groundwater is one of the top water quality issues around the globe.


Sponsor a Student to Attend Next Month’s International Groundwater Conference in San Francisco

Help support the next generation of scientists, lawyers and policymakers working in the important field of groundwater by helping them attend Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy.

Join the law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP in providing a scholarship for a university student to experience this pivotal, three-day conference organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair.


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Get the Latest Updates on San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Conditions
Free June 1 briefing at CSU Fresno also will discuss current hydrologic conditions

Speakers from the California Department of Water Resources, NASA/JPL, Fresno County and the Kings River Conservation District will be on tap at a free briefing June 1 in Fresno to give the latest information on the state’s current hydrologic/drought conditions and the San Joaquin Valley’s groundwater.

Hear how a local agency is implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and how remote sensing is helping to monitor San Joaquin Valley land subsidence. Attendees will also get the latest conditions of the region’s groundwater supply, use and overdraft.


Water Year 2016: San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Conditions
Join us June 1 for a free briefing in Fresno

Water year 2016 is an improvement over the previous four severely dry years, but drought conditions persist in the San Joaquin Valley. As growers confront reduced surface water allocations, they continue to turn to groundwater. This heavy reliance on groundwater has resulted in declining water levels, increased overdraft and a heightened awareness of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. 


Drilling Down into California’s New Groundwater Management Law
Learn more about SGMA and other topics at June 28-30 international conference

California’s new landmark groundwater rules will be a key focus during Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy June 28-30 in the San Francisco area.

Glenda Humiston, vice president of Agriculture & Natural Resources at UC Davis, will deliver a keynote address on the opening day: “California Perspectives: Agriculture at a Crossroads to Groundwater Sustainability?”


Don’t Miss Our Most Popular Tour and a Chance to Explore the Bay-Delta
Early-bird prices end Monday for the June 15-17 tour

Our annual Bay-Delta Tour is our most popular tour. Last year it sold out with almost 100 participants! Don’t miss your opportunity to reserve a seat for this year’s June 15-17 tour – this Monday is the deadline for an early-bird discount on tickets.

During this contentious year for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water policy, this tour will offer you the chance  to hear from a diverse selection of experts on all sides of the proposed WaterFix/Delta tunnels project, including water administrators, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists.


Agenda Posted for Free SoCal Workshop: Beyond the Drought-Tolerant Landscape
Some seats still available for San Diego Water Tour

Go beyond the basics of drought-tolerant landscaping and learn the latest on sustainable landscapes, hear about plant selection and constraints, and get tips from nursery and landscape experts at our May 18 workshop in Southern California.

As California continues to suffer from a drought, now in its fifth year, outdoor watering is one of the biggest ways to reduce water use at homes and businesses. Outdoor watering can account for 50 percent or more of a home’s total water use.


Annual Bay-Delta Tour to be Held on June 15-17
Early-bird prices good until May 15

Join us on our Bay-Delta Tour as we start out exploring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that provides a funnel for drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation water to 3 million acres of farmland.


Join Us for a Free Drought-Tolerant Landscape Workshop
May 18 event in Southern California includes field trip to local nursery

Join us May 18 in Escondido for a free workshop that will examine the latest trends in sustainable landscapes, constraints on plant availability and ways to transform lawns with little cash.

The workshop will also include a field trip to a local nursery to tour demonstration gardens and growing grounds.


San Diego Tour Showcases Milestones in Water Infrastructure

See the old, the new and historic milestones reached in the development of the San Diego region’s water supply during our tour on May 19-20.

Over two days, we will visit:


Join Us April 26 in Fresno for a Free Briefing about Water Supply and Delivery Challenges
SoCal briefing May 18 in Escondido will explore ways to improve coordination on drought-tolerant landscapes

Water management challenges on the farm and in the city will be the focus of two special free briefings – in Fresno and Escondido - cosponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources. 

In Fresno next Tuesday, this year’s challenges of water project operations for the San Joaquin Valley will be discussed by speakers from DWR and the Bureau of Reclamation.


Nitrate Policy and Sustainable Groundwater Management on Tap for International Gathering
Sponsorships, exhibit space still available for June conference in San Francisco

Emerging contaminants, sustainable groundwater management and nitrate and salinity policies are among the topics on tap for the three-day Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to learn about research on a host of international groundwater topics during two poster sessions. More than 150 speakers from around the world are on the agenda.


First San Diego Tour in Five Years Visits Ocean Desal Plant, Other High-Tech Sites and Natural Landscapes
Early bird prices good until April 19

For the first time in five years, the Water Education Foundation is conducting a tour of key infrastructure and other water-related sites in San Diego County.

The two-day tour May 19-20 will offer a look at a unique mix of high-tech strategies to modernize urban water systems and increase resiliency against future drought and shortages. The tour also will stop at natural water-related landscapes such as rare coastal wetlands.

Press release

Rita Schmidt Sudman, Longtime Observer of California Water, Coauthors New Book with Artist/Essayist Stephanie Taylor
“Water: More or Less” also features essays from top policymakers and stakeholders, including Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Bowles

Media Contact:
Rita Schmidt Sudman

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Rita Schmidt Sudman, former executive director of the Water Education Foundation, and artist/essayist Stephanie Taylor are coauthors of the newly published “Water: More or Less,” an anthology of story, art and policy about water in California.