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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

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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.


Central Valley Tour Brings You Up Close to Historic Drought Impacts
Farmers on San Joaquin Valley’s eastside to get deliveries from federal water project

For the first time since 2013, irrigation districts in the Friant Water Authority on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley will receive water allocations from the Central Valley Project.

With Millerton Reservoir at almost 70 percent capacity, water supplies are sufficient to provide 15,000 farms with much-needed relief from the historic drought. The cities of Fresno, Orange Cove and Lindsay, and Madera County also will receive some water.


Experts to Discuss Progress on California’s Historic Groundwater Law
International groundwater conference June 28-30 in San Francisco

California was the last state in the West to regulate groundwater when lawmakers passed the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Widely considered the most important water law in 100 years, SGMA for the first time empowered local agencies to adopt groundwater management plans tailored to the resources and needs of their communities.


Capitol Weekly Conference to Focus on Water Policy
Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Bowles to moderate panel on storage

Capitol Weekly and the University of California, UC Center are sponsoring their third annual conference devoted to California water policy.

The day-long Water: 2016 in Sacramento on April 28 will be filmed for broadcast by the California Channel. Register here to take advantage of discounted prices that end after Monday.


See New Ocean Desalination Plant on San Diego Tour

Join us for our new San Diego Tour in May and be among the first to visit the new Carlsbad ocean desalination plant, the largest such facility in the Western hemisphere.

After more than 10 years of develop­ment, the desal plant built by Poseidon formally launched in Decem­ber, desalting and then pumping out 50 million gallons of fresh water each day into San Diego’s local supply.


Water Year 2016: The Challenges of Water Project Operations
Free Briefing April 26 at CSU Fresno

What will happen with water year 2016? Reservoirs started the year at record lows but recent storms have boosted storage levels. Will it be enough to lift California out of its historic drought? And what are the operation plans for California’s two big water projects – the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project?

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed at our free April 26 briefing “Water Year 2016: The Challenges of Water Project Operations.” The day-long event will be held at the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191) in the University Business Center at CSU Fresno.


Pat Mulroy to Deliver This Year’s Anne Schneider Lecture

Pat Mulroy, a leading figure in Western water and the former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who oversaw the agency during a major period of growth and drought, will deliver this year’s Anne J. Schneider Lecture.

The annual water law and policy lecture will be held on April 6, 2016 at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Mulroy will speak on “Interdependent Resilience: Beyond the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation.”


The Search for Infrastructure Dollars to Improve California Water
Panel discusses key issues at March 17 Executive Briefing

When the nation’s civil engineers rated America’s infrastructure in 2013, they issued an overall grade of D+.

California’s scores, assessed by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ report card, were not much better: Wastewater, C+; drinking water, C; levees and flood control, D.

The grades underscore two of the biggest challenges facing all levels of government: How to fund system improvements and how to finance new multi-purpose infrastructure.

A lively panel discussion at the Water Education Foundation’s March 17 Executive Briefing in Sacramento will examine traditional public funding and Prop. 218, private financing and the idea of impact investment to boost water infrastructure.


Central Valley Tour Provides Insight into Groundwater Management
Early bird discount ends this Monday

Our tours give you unparalleled access into California’s water management and the challenges facing our future water supplies. On the annual Central Valley Tour April 13-15, you will be face-to-face with authorities creating Groundwater Sustainability Plans in the lands most threatened by groundwater overdraft.

They will give you their personal experience with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and how this new regulatory structure will impact California.


New Western Water Magazine Issue Available
“Tapping the Ocean: What is the Role of Desalination.”

Seawater desalination is the focus of the latest issue of the Water Education Foundation’s flagship publication, Western Water, now available in a quarterly format with new features. In the Winter 2016 issue, Writer Gary Pitzer explores the emerging interest in and growing role of desalination in California.


Hot Topics Around Bay-Delta On Tap for Executive Briefing

The Bay-Delta is always in the news. But 2016 will see headlines about some significant developments – particularly in relation to the $15.5 billion twin tunnels proposal.

The “State of the Delta: Tunnels, Habitat and More” panel at the March 17 Executive Briefing will feature five leading experts representing a broad slate of stakeholders. Some of the key issues to be discussed:


Bid on Lunch with Lester Snow, Rita Schmidt Sudman’s New Book at Executive Briefing Auction
Auction also includes tickets to SF Giants, Sacramento Kings games, Disneyland, canoe trip and more

Attending our March 17 Executive Briefing is more than just hearing in-depth discussions on the hottest water topics. Besides a hosted reception afterward, you get the chance to bid on some fun events, outings and baskets of food grown in California during an auction that benefits the Water Education Foundation’s Water Leaders program.