The drought, groundwater management, coordinating governmental
agencies, and Integrated Regional Water Management will be the
focus of a May 21-22 conference in San Diego. Topics on
the draft agenda include:
Making IRWM Even Stronger
Integrating Groundwater Sustainability Planning and IRWM
Finding Funding: Keeping IRWM Alive
Multiple Agencies, Multiple Missions: The Importance of
With so much attention focused on California’s drought, water
use and agriculture, join the Water Education Foundation’s
Central Valley Tour to get an up-close view of the issues.
The Central Valley, often dubbed the nation’s breadbasket, is at
the heart of our three-day tour beginning April 22. The
tour also offers participants a chance to learn about
groundwater, subsidence and habitat restoration as it weaves
through key sites belonging to the State Water Project and the
Central Valley Project, the state’s two major water delivery
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