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Drought is one of the top headlines this year. Join the Water Education Foundation’s Oct. 9-10 Russian River Tour and learn about how this issue is affecting the Russian River watershed. For the urban residents of Santa Rosa, the story is one of conservation – users voluntarily cut their use 16 percent by June 30. But mandatory rationing is now in effect as water purveyors face a decline in storage: Lake Mendocino is only at 27 percent of capacity.
UCLA geography professor and researcher Glen MacDonald will address what drought conditions might mean for water resources of the future, during his keynote address at the sixth annual Santa Ana River Watershed Conference to be held on Oct. 14 in Riverside.
MacDonald, a recognized expert on climate variability and environmental change and its impact on society, has published over 150 journal articles, written an award-winning book on biogeography and has testified on climate change to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The newest issue of Western Water examines the provocative question of whether California needs a “water court” of some variety. It’s an issue that periodically emerges, and this year’s drought and State Water Board’s actions on water diversions has caused some to question the need.
Written by the Foundation’s Gary Pitzer, the July/August issue discusses how water rights are currently administered in California and features interviews with proponents and opponents. As with all things water – answers vary.
Recent polls show considerable voter support for the new $7.5 billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. How the revised bond made it to the ballot and what is – and isn’t – in the measure will be discussed at the Water Education Foundation’s Water 101 Workshop in Southern California.
Sacramento, Calif. - The Water Education Foundation recently launched a new cutting-edge website that makes it easier for visitors to learn about water, conduct research, sign up for email newsletters, securely register for tours and conferences, and buy California water maps and other popular products.
“Our new website is extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate,” said Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s executive director. “It really brings together all of our resources under one umbrella.”
The California Science Teachers Association recently announced that Water Education Foundation/California Project WET and Brian Brown, the program’s coordinator, will receive its Distinguished Contributors Award.
(AP) — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn’t bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.
Jennifer Bowles, a former award-winning journalist who covered Western water issues and became a communications strategist for a major California law firm known for its water law practice, has been named as Executive Director of the Water Education Foundation.
Effective March 27, Bowles will replace longtime Executive Director Rita Schmidt Sudman, who is retiring after 34 years of heading the highly regarded nonprofit organization that raises awareness of water issues in California and the Southwest.