Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Water Leaders Class, a yearlong program that
educates young professionals from diverse backgrounds about water
issues and leadership. The deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2015. The
class begins January 2016.
Squaring a projected imbalance between the water supply and
demand of the Colorado River hinges in part on further advances
in agricultural and municipal water use efficiency, according to
a report produced earlier this year by the Bureau of Reclamation,
the Colorado River Basin states and numerous stakeholders.
Water Education Foundation Writer Gary Pitzer explores “Reaching
Reliable Supply on the Colorado River: The Moving Forward Report”
in the recently published Summer 2015 edition of River Report.
Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Inland
Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) in Chino on our upcoming Southern California
Tour, Oct. 8-9.
A leader in recycled water, groundwater management and generating
renewable energy to power its treatment plants, IEUA will kick
off our tour at its headquarters, which was the first and largest
public building to receive the Platinum rating from the United
States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED™) in 2003.
Passage of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
has put an unseen resource into public view as regions throughout
the state undertake the next step – implementation. During
our Groundwater Tour,
you will learn what actions water leaders in the Sacramento,
Yolo, Solano and Napa regions are taking to monitor and manage
this valuable resource during this critical drought and into the
Check out the full draft itinerary
here. Experts from USGS, UC Davis, DWR and regional
agencies will discuss groundwater pollution, the surface
water-groundwater connection and the important role of
groundwater for city supplies and for agriculture – including
vineyards, dairies and more .
Join us as we venture into Inland Southern California, a major
hub of the region’s water operations where both the Colorado
River Aqueduct and the State Water Project bring imported water.
But while much of the region depends on imported supplies, it is
also blessed with ample groundwater and has strived in many cases
to make every drop count through water recycling and other
innovative means. Learn about this on our Southern California
Tour, as we travel from Ontario to the Temecula wine country
to see how the region has sought to implement drought-proofing
Groundwater overdraft, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
and groundwater’s importance during a drought are all headline
issues across California that will be discussed on
our upcoming Groundwater Tour.
As we travel from the Sacramento region to the Napa wine country,
we will discuss aquifer recharge, storage and water
recycling, well drilling, groundwater use for
agricultural, municipal and industrial uses and groundwater
contamination in disadvantaged communities.
Join us October 8-9 for a two-day, one-night tour of Inland
Southern California to see how the region has become a leader in
managing groundwater, recycling water and promoting
We’ll also visit Diamond Valley Lake, the large reservoir
operated by Metropolitan Water District, the Temecula wine
country, wetlands along the Santa Ana River and Riverside County
Flood Control and Water Conservation District’s low-impact
development facility, which shows ways to build water-wise
Besides our upcoming drought tour, we’ll be hosting a groundwater
tour and a Southern California tour this fall.
Rounding out our 2015 tours will be our annual Northern
California Tour and the San Joaquin River Restoration Tour. To
find more information on all tours and to register,
click here. Buy a ticket and
grab a seat on the bus with us!
Join us for our California Drought Tour through the San Joaquin
Valley on September 1-2. Buy
your seat on the bus today! Early bird prices good until
As farmers fallow fields, towns receive emergency drinking water
and groundwater supplies are depleted, we will explore the
impacts of California’s unprecedented four-year drought on the
nation’s breadbasket and what steps are being taken to avert
Hear firsthand from farmers, water managers, state and local
officials, researchers, and community activists.
Join us this September for a two-day tour of the San Joaquin
Valley to explore the impacts of California’s unprecedented,
four-year drought on the nation’s breadbasket and what steps are
being taken to avert disaster.
As farmers fallow fields, towns receive emergency drinking water
and groundwater supplies are depleted, we will get an
up-close view of one of the state’s hardest-hit regions. The
Sept. 1-2 tour starts and ends in Fresno.
Our exciting fall tour lineup includes in-depth looks
at groundwater in the Sacramento region and drought-proofing
measures in Southern California along with our annual Northern
California and San Joaquin River Restoration tours.
Early-bird prices are still available for each tour. Click
here to see the tour line-up. There,
you can get more information on each tour and register securely
This international conference focusing on the nexus between
groundwater and agriculture will provide scientists,
policymakers, agricultural and environmental stakeholders,
government officials and consultants with the latest scientific,
management, legal and policy advances for sustaining groundwater
resources in agricultural regions around the world.
In the May/June issue of Western Water magazine, Writer Gary
Pitzer explores the challenges and possible future of the Salton
Sea in this edition.
The Salton Sea, the shallow, briny inland lake at the
southeastern edge of California, is slowly evaporating and
becoming more saline. By the end of 2017, the state-mandated
obligation for Imperial Irrigation District to provide mitigation
water to the sea will end. Without that water, the sea will
diminish faster, exposing more playa at a faster rate.
Join us for our annual Bay-Delta Tour from June 24th –
26th for a rare opportunity to visit the heart of California’s
water supply, see infrastructure vital to managing water in the
state and speak to the experts who operate the projects. You will
also learn from key stakeholders representing a broad diversity
of specialties including farming, ecology, history and land
Attend the May 21-22
Integrated Regional Water Management conference for a sneak
preview of recommended strategies from the Department of Water
Resources for the future of IRWM in California, based on more
than two years of interaction with IRWM practitioners and other
Headline issues related to drought, mandatory conservation and
groundwater management also are on the agenda, which
features a top lineup of speakers, including keynote speaker Fran
Spivy-Weber, vice chair of the California State Water Resources
Join us on our next tour June 24-26 as we visit the Bay-Delta,
the heart of the state’s water system and the center of the water
political debate. Early bird prices are available until
Gov. Jerry Brown, during a luncheon speech last week at the
Association of California Water Agencies conference in
Sacramento, told critics to “shut-up” if they hadn’t spent
millions of hours studying the proposed plan to install two
tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.
You can keep up to date with events, tours and other comings and
goings of the Water Education Foundation through social media.
We use our Twitter account @WaterEdFdn to keep you
posted on our upcoming events and tours, and the top water
stories from our week-day news aggregate known as Aquafornia. We also tweet and retweet breaking
news throughout the day.