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Big Day of Giving is Nearly Here! Help Us Continue Our Work with a Donation!
Stop by our open house May 5 to meet our staff and check out our latest events and programs

logo for big day of giving Big Day of Giving is in just two weeks, but you can make a donation today to help the Foundation continue its work to enhance public understanding about the most important natural resource in California and the West — water.

Big Day of Giving is an annual 24-hour online event aimed at raising funds for nonprofits and highlighting the good work they do. You can make your Big Day of Giving donation from now until midnight May 5.

If you donate $50 or more, you will receive your choice of one of our beautiful water maps. And if you donate $100 or more, you will get a map plus a $100 voucher for one of our upcoming 2022 water tours! And if you donate using a Golden 1 debit or credit card, Golden 1 will proportionally match its members’ donations up to $100,000. 

Participants on the Central Valley Tour

Last Chance to Sign Up for Central Valley Tour; Save the Date for Water Leaders Alum Reunion; Meet our Team at an Open House

  • Don’t miss your once-a-year chance to go on our Central Valley Tour and visit the epicenter of California’s drought and groundwater sustainability efforts across one of the nation’s most critical agricultural landscapes. Registration ends this Friday, April 15, at noon.
  • If you’re a graduate of our Water Leaders program, save the date for a reunion event in October to mark the 25th anniversary of our program!
  • Swing by our new Sacramento office during our May 5 open house.

Explore Epicenter of Drought and Groundwater Sustainability on the Central Valley Tour
Tickets Are Going Fast For Our April 20-22 Trip Through The San Joaquin Valley

Mendota PoolThe San Joaquin Valley is at the epicenter of California’s myriad water challenges, confronting little to no water deliveries and increasing pressure to reduce groundwater usage to sustainable levels. A third straight disappointingly dry winter is deepening water security concerns across one of the country’s most critical agricultural landscapes. 

How are the water suppliers that have been largely cut off from state and federal projects going to get through the summer? And will there be enough water this year to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the environment?

Your best opportunity to understand this region’s challenges and opportunities is to join us on our Central Valley Tour April 20-22.


We’re Hosting an Open House and Reception May 5 at Our New Office
Meet our team and learn about the various ways the Foundation educates and fosters public understanding about water

Join us May 5 for an open house and reception at our new Sacramento office near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers. Stop by anytime between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. to meet our staff and learn more about what we do to educate and inspire understanding of California’s most precious natural resource — water.

If you are attending the ACWA conference that week in Sacramento and heading back to the airport Thursday afternoon we are right on the way!


Follow Us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Other Social Media Channels
Posts keep you up-to-date on water news, events and issues critical to water in California and across the West

Follow us on social media channels to learn about issues key to understanding water and to get the latest on workshops and tours being planned at the Water Education Foundation.

We regularly post on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to cast a wider net in our efforts to educate the public about critical water resource information, such as conservation tips to help with the drought gripping California and the West.


Last Chance to Sign Up for Water 101; Meet our Team at an Open House; Explore Drought and Other Issues on Central Valley Tour
Open House Offers Chance to See Foundation's New Office; Latest Western Water Article Is Interview With New EPA Region 9 Administrator

As drought grips California and much of the West, water challenges intensify. Our Water 101 Workshop on April 8 is your once-a-year opportunity to gain a foundational understanding of water in California and learn more about the drought and other hot topics. You can also visit ground zero for drought impacts as we tour the San Joaquin Valley next month during our Central Valley Tour.

And in May, visit our new office and meet the people who carry out our programs and keep our nonprofit humming along during our Open House. You can read the latest Western Water article by our journalism team on the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 office, Martha Guzman, who happens to be a graduate of our premier Water Leaders class.

Water 101 Workshop – The Basics & Beyond: April 8

Participants at Water 101 WorkshopOur annual Water 101 Workshop in Sacramento will help you gain a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource. The workshop is taught by some of the leading policy and legal experts in the state and will provide critical background on California’s water basics, such as:
•    California’s water geography, history and hydrology
•    California’s complex water rights system
•    Regulatory agencies and their roles at the state and federal levels
•    Navigating the state’s legislative process relative to water policy


Latest in Drought, Water Rights Curtailments Among Hot Topics Explored at Water 101 Workshop
Workshop (April 8) and Optional Groundwater Tour (April 7) to Cover California Water Basics & Beyond

Go beyond the headlines and learn more about how California is adjusting to the grim reality of a third year of drought while keeping an eye on groundwater use, often the go-to source when surface supplies run dry.

Some of California’s top experts will address a variety of critical issues affecting the state’s most precious natural resource at our April 8 Water 101 Workshop in Sacramento. But space is limited! 

Don’t miss your once-a-year opportunity to learn more about topics in the news such as the statewide drought, water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and efforts to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act by registering today.


Go Deep into the Nation’s Breadbasket to Explore Water Issues on the Central Valley Tour April 20-22
Just a few seats remain for our trip that traverses the San Joaquin Valley to learn about drought, sustainable groundwater use and more

Mendota PoolAs a third year of drought looms, Central Valley farmers and water managers are bracing for little to no water deliveries from state and federal projects this year. Aquifers are under stress and pressure is growing to reduce groundwater depletion and the resulting ground subsidence. How is the region meeting the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act? And will there be enough water this year to satisfy the competing needs of farms, people and the environment?

Your best opportunity to understand the challenges and opportunities of this vital resource in the nation’s breadbasket is to join us on our Central Valley Tour April 20-22.


2022 Colorado River Water Leaders Class Evaluates River Management Beyond 2025
Rising stars in the water world chosen for highly competitive leadership program

Colorado River Water Leaders pose at the base of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Thirteen early to mid-career water professionals from across the West have been chosen for the Water Education Foundation’s inaugural 2022 Colorado River Water Leaders Class.

Modeled after our California Water Leaders program, now marking its 25th anniversary, the Colorado River Water Leaders class also includes engineers, lawyers, resource specialists, scientists and others working for public, private and nongovernmental organizations from across the river’s basin. The 2022 class roster can be found here.


FLASH SALE: Expand Your Water Knowledge and Save Money on World Water Day
Special 30% discount offered for maps, layperson's guides & more, including map & guide on groundwater - this year's World Water Day theme

World Water Day is Tuesday, March 22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a limited-time 30 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, Layperson’s Guides, map and guide bundles and our book, “Water & the Shaping of California.” 

Use the promo code WORLDWATERDAY2022 when checking out of our online store.


Learn About Hot Issues In California Water and Get Beyond the Headlines at Water 101 Workshop in April
Workshop and optional groundwater tour offer ideal way to gain statewide perspective on key water issues confronting California amid ongoing drought

As drought tightens its grip on California, our Water 101 Workshop on April 8 is your once-a-year chance to get beyond the headlines to learn more about the state’s most precious natural resource and the hot issues confronting the state, like groundwater sustainability, water rights, and clean, safe and affordable drinking water.


Deepen Your Knowledge of Groundwater During Upcoming April Workshop, Tours
Water 101 Workshop & optional Groundwater Tour offers deep dive into key water supply; Central Valley Tour includes SGMA impacts

Groundwater gushes from a pump in the Sacramento Valley. This week’s National Groundwater Awareness Week is a reminder of just how important groundwater is for nearly 85 percent of California’s residents who depend on it for some portion of their supply. In all, groundwater quenches some 40 percent of the state’s freshwater needs — even more in a drought year like we’re having now.


Learn about California Water Basics and Go Beyond the Headlines at Water 101 Workshop in April
Jump on the bus for an optional groundwater tour the day before

With California diving deeper into a drought, take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to attend our Water 101 Workshop on April 8 and gain a deeper understanding of the history, hydrology and law behind California’s most precious natural resource.

And go beyond the headlines to learn more about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, disadvantaged communities and the latest on efforts to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.  


Registration Now Open for Bay-Delta Tour May 18-20
Get a firsthand look at California's vital water hub and hear directly from experts on key issues affecting Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Register today for the return of our most popular in-person tour, the Bay-Delta Tour May 18-20, and join us as we venture into the most critical and controversial water region in California, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The 720,000-acre network of islands and channels supports the state’s two large water systems – the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project – and together with the San Francisco Bay is an important ecological resource. You’ll learn firsthand how the drought is affecting water quality and supply that serves local farms, cities and habitat. Much of the water also heads south via canals and aqueducts to provide drinking water for more than 27 million Californians and irrigation to about 3 million acres of farmland that helps feed the nation.


Latest Western Water Article Examines A “Hatch-and-Release” Program That Aims to Save Delta Smelt From Extinction
Layperson's Guide to the Delta and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Map aid understanding of California's most crucial water and ecological resource

Once uncountably numerous, the native Delta smelt since 2016 has largely vanished from most annual sampling surveys in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But in December, state and federal biologists began for the first time ever releasing captively bred adult Delta smelt into the Delta’s waterways in a three-year effort to draw the species away from the brink of extinction.


Water 101 Workshop Offers Rookies and Veterans Alike a Chance to Gain a Deeper Understanding of California Water
April 8 Workshop in Sacramento to include optional one-day Groundwater Tour on April 7

One of our most popular events, Water 101 offers a once-a-year opportunity for anyone new to California water issues or newly elected to a water district board — and really anyone who wants a refresher — to gain a deeper understanding of the state’s most precious natural resource.

Water 101, to be held April 8 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. The workshop is taught by some of California’s leading policy and legal experts.

Lower Colorado River Tour poses in front of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.

Registration Now Open for In-Person Water 101 Workshop & Central Valley Tour; Save the Date for Bay-Delta Tour
Broaden Your Water Knowledge this Spring with the Foundation's Engaging Educational Programs

As COVID-19 restrictions start to loosen up for most indoor settings, we are cautiously moving toward a return of our popular in-person programming this spring starting with our Lower Colorado River Tour in March, our Water 101 Workshop and Central Valley Tour in April and our Bay-Delta Tour in May.


Enjoy a Scenic Fresh-Air Boat Trip on the Southwest’s Most Iconic River
Join March 16-18 Tour on the Lower Colorado River to Explore Wildlife Habitat In Topock Gorge and Havasu Wilderness Area from River Level

Participants on our in-person Lower Colorado River Tour March 16-18 will enjoy a scenic journey on the iconic river aboard an open-air vessel traveling through the natural wonders of Topock Gorge and the Havasu Wilderness Area.

Itineraries for this year’s slate of water tours have been adjusted to maximize the use of outdoor/open-air venues when possible, in addition to other precautions, including enhanced sanitation protocols and a mask requirement aboard the motorcoach and within indoor spaces until further notice by health officials. Find more details here.

Seating is limited, so register here to reserve your spot today!


2022 Water Leaders Class Evaluates Bay-Delta Water Quality Efforts
Rising stars in the water world chosen for highly competitive leadership program

2022 Water Leaders class members gathered for a group photoTwenty early to mid-career water professionals from across California have been chosen for the 2022 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, the Water Education Foundation’s highly competitive and respected career development program.

This Water Leaders class, which marks the program’s 25th anniversary, includes engineers, lawyers, resource specialists, scientists and others from a range of public and private entities and nongovernmental organizations from throughout the state. The roster for the 2022 class can be found here.


Four New Board Members Bring A Range of Experience To Water Education Foundation
Former Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman, Celeste Cantú, former Reclamation Commissioner Bob Johnson hold key board posts on preeminent nonprofit focused on water education

Four new members bringing a wide range of water resource experiences and perspectives have joined the Water Education Foundation Board. They include representatives from a Native American Tribe and the Nature Conservancy, a lawyer specializing in water resources and a communications and outreach manager for a Southern California water agency. 

They join a board led by Mike Chrisman, who served as California natural resources secretary for seven years under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.