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Debate swirls around California’s largest inland lake, the Salton
Sea, which sits at the heart of a major farm-to-city water
transfer that allowed the state to stay within its allocation of
the Colorado River.
With the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act now law
– what’s next? Issues related to implementation at the state and
regional levels will be the focus of a panel discussion at the
Foundation’s March 25 Executive
Briefing in Sacramento.
Hear what’s in the Department of Water Resources’ recently
released draft strategic plan identifying actions that need to be
taken to help local agencies achieve sustainable groundwater
management from Dan McManus, regional planning branch chief at
DWR. Regional, on-the-ground activities will be discussed by
executive director of the Regional Water Authority and Sacramento
Sign-ups are underway for the Foundation’s April 22-24 Central Valley Water Tour,
which focuses on San Joaquin Valley water issues. The tour
begins and ends at Sacramento International Airport after a
fast-paced trek down the west side of the valley and back up the
Stops include San Luis Reservoir, the San Luis National Wildlife
Refuge, Westlands Water District, the Tulare Lake Basin, Kern
Water Bank, the Kings River, Friant Dam and the San Joaquin
The multi-year drought is the leading news story this year as
water managers confront low reservoirs, reduced instream flows,
water supply cutbacks, and the need for increased customer
conservation. But even when this drought ends, many of these
management challenges will not.
Experts say the effects of climate change, population growth and
other factors will result in needing to further stretch supplies
to meet future demands. Long-term management is the key.
Our 2015 spring event season is underway with a line-up of top
speakers and key water issues, such as groundwater and drought,
on the agendas. Each event is linked to a page with more details
and an online registration form. Some events are free but seating
is limited so register soon.
In the January/February issue of Western Water Magazine,
Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the notion of a “sustainable” and
“resilient” water supply.
His article highlights what sustainability and resiliency mean to
a state in the middle of a drought and with a growing population
and water needs that stretch from bustling cities in the north
and south to the rich agricultural fields of the Central,
Imperial and Coachella valleys and Central Coast.
Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water
Resources, and Jennifer Gimbel, principal deputy assistant
secretary for water and science at the Department of the
Interior, will headline a lineup of top speakers at the Water
Education Foundation’s March 25 Executive
Learn about how current hydrologic conditions are affecting water
project operations and conditions in the Delta and the actions
being taken in response to balance impacts to cities, farms, and
the environment at “Challenges of the 2015 Drought: Water Project
Operations” March 19 in Fresno.
Cosponsored by DWR and the Foundation in cooperation with the
Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno, this one-day
event will feature speakers from the state and federal
Nothing compares to seeing the water facilities and related uses
– agricultural fields, wetlands, urban water treatment
plants and more – firsthand. The Water Education Foundation
invites you to get out of the office and join one of our
The Board of Directors of the Water Education Foundation recently
elected four new members. They are: Cannon
Michael of Bowles Farming Company, Kim
Delfino with Defenders of Wildlife, Jennifer
Persike with the Association of California Water
Agencies and Christopher Park with CDM Smith,
announced Jennifer Bowles, Foundation executive director.
As Lake Mead continues to decline, Arizona officials say there is
a 61 percent chance of a first-ever shortage declaration in 2017.
Mead is now at 1,089 feet above sea level, or 42 percent of
capacity. If the reservoir drops to elevation 1075, a level
one shortage would be declared, reducing supplies to Arizona and
When it comes to flooding in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,
it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”
The Water Education Foundation’s latest video, “Getting
Prepared: Preventing Flood Contamination in the Delta”
(running time 17.35) takes a look at the real threats of flooding
in the Delta and what to do to minimize the damage when it
Our annual Lower Colorado River Tour now has two options to
benefit attendees: early bird prices and a starting and end point
The March 11-13 Lower Colorado River Tour begins in Las Vegas and
ends at California’s Ontario Airport. But those concerned
about out-of-state travel can now take the option of beginning
and ending the tour in Ontario.
Two dozen water experts and decision-makers will be on hand at
the WATER 2015 program hosted by Capitol Weekly and the UC
Center. The day-long event will be Feb. 19 in Sacramento. The
Water Education is a cosponsor and Executive Director
Jennifer Bowles is moderating a panel.
As the multiyear drought continues across the Colorado River
Basin and the two main reservoirs along the river reach lower and
lower levels, federal officials and the major users of the
river’s water are seeking to avert crisis conditions and offering
millions of dollars to stimulate new water conservation
proposals, writes Water Education Foundation Writer Gary Pitzer.
Pitzer covers “The Colorado River System Conservation Program:
Wringing Even More Savings from the System” in the recently
published Winter 2014/2015 edition of River Report.