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Thanks for your support this year; see what’s on tap for 2017
A letter from the executive director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I and the staff at the Water Education Foundation want to extend our deep gratitude to everyone who came on a tour with us this year, attended one of our conference or Project WET workshops, and read Western Water magazine or any of our other publications on key water topics.


Year-round Flows Restored to Section of San Joaquin River
Join our Nov. 2-3 tour of the river to see restoration program progress first-hand

For the first time in more than 60 years, year-round flows are expected to return to a section of the San Joaquin River by the end of October, The Associated Press reported over the weekend. You can access the complete story here through Aquafornia, the Water Education Foundation’s news aggregate service.


Registration Now Open for Water 101 Workshop
Popular event to be held in February at West Sacramento City Hall

As drought and groundwater issues continue to dominate headlines about California water, gain a deeper understanding of the key issues associated with the life-sustaining resource at our popular Water 101 Workshop.

Leading policymakers and experts will serve as the teachers of this daylong workshop with an optional half-day Feb. 2-3 at the West Sacramento City Hall.

Water 101 is open to anyone interested in learning more about:


Members of our Water Leaders Class See Water Issues Up Close
Apply for 2017 Water Leaders Class By Dec. 7

Members of our yearlong Water Leaders class get out of the office to see water issues up close.

Not only do they attend our annual Executive Briefing but they also partake in two of our popular water tours during the program aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California water issues and the skills to collaborate with other stakeholder groups.

Among other things, class members:


Check Out the Agenda for Drought and the Delta Briefing
Sign up today for the free Oct. 25 event in Stockton

How has California’s severe drought affected the Delta? And what does the future hold for this vital agricultural and ecological region that also serves as the hub of the state’s water system?


Agricultural History and Habitat Restoration Come to Life on San Joaquin River Tour
Our two-day tour takes you into the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley

Explore more than 100 miles of Central California’s longest river while learning about one of the nation’s largest and costliest river restorations. Our San Joaquin River Restoration Tour on Nov. 2-3 will feature speakers from key governmental agencies and stakeholder groups who will explain the restoration program’s goals and progress.

From Friant Dam in the Sierra Nevada foothills downstream to Hills Ferry, you will meander along the banks to visit historic sites, restoration projects, wildlife preserves, fish hatcheries, flood control structures and farms. As on all of our tours, you can soak up local culture; we feature speakers who share stories and photos of their family’s agricultural history and then enjoy dinner at a Basque restaurant with roots several generations old.


Visit Our Online Store for Water Maps, Books and More!

At the Water Education Foundation, we create colorful water maps, informative layperson’s guides and even books!

Here is a sampling of our most popular products, whose proceeds help to support our mission.


Explore Key California Rivers on the Last Two Water Tours of the Year
Join us as we meander along the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers

The Sacramento and San Joaquin are the two major rivers in the Central Valley that feed the Delta, the hub of California’s water supply network.

On our last two water tours of 2016, you will take in-depth looks at how these rivers are managed and used for agriculture, cities and the environment. You’ll see infrastructure, learn about efforts to restore salmon runs and talk to people with expertise on these rivers.

Check out the details of the two tours below and remember that early bird prices still available for the San Joaquin River Restoration Tour.


Get an Insider’s View of One of the Nation’s Largest River Restorations
Early Bird Discount Extended until October 11

Our annual two-day tour of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project provides an insider’s view of one of the largest river restorations in the nation. To encourage you to view this historic project, we have extended the period to buy a discounted ticket to Oct. 11.

Join us on the Nov. 2-3 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour as we speak to key stakeholder groups along the length of the San Joaquin River to explore this issue from numerous viewpoints.


Drought and the Delta Briefing to Feature Key Topics and Top Speakers
Sign up for free Oct. 25 event today

Find out more about the drought and its impact to water quality, fisheries and farming in the Delta region  at a free Oct. 25 briefing in Stockton.

Among the speakers will be Jay Lund, Director of the UC Center for Watershed Sciences, Delta Watermaster Michael Patrick George and Michelle Banonis, Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bay-Delta Office.


Water Leaders Program Pairs Class Members with Experts in Policy, Management
Apply By Dec. 7 for the 2017 Water Leaders Class

Our one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field whether it’s on one of our water tours to the Bay-Delta or meeting with your assigned mentor.

Mentors play an important role in the program as they conduct a shadow day with class members and help to shape ideas for the class project on a key water topic. The project is turned into a report with policy recommendations that is presented to the Water Education Foundation’s Board of Directors toward the end of the year.


Back to School with Project WET
Check out these upcoming teacher workshops in California

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a great way to teach K-12 students about one of the most precious resources on the planet – water. A program of the Water Education Foundation, California Project WET offers excellent professional development experience with an activity guide full of 90 interactive, interdisciplinary activities studying all aspects of water.


2016 California Groundwater Tour is Almost Sold Out
Join us Oct. 5-6 and immerse yourself in all there is to know about this key resource

Groundwater has proven to be a valuable savings account in California during the recent severe drought as surface water supplies have run short. This year brought some areas a temporary respite from the record dry conditions, allowing more focus on long-term California water issues. The greatest change is in groundwater management. Understanding California’s hydrogeology and patterns of groundwater use are vital to understanding the state’s future.

Our California Groundwater Tour on October 5-6 will immerse you in this important topic.


Free Briefing to Focus on Drought Impacts to the Delta
Join us Oct. 25 in Stockton

Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers, reservoirs and groundwater. Across the state, water deliveries have been reduced, mandatory and voluntary conservation measures have been implemented and salmon populations have been decimated.

But what about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of California’s major water supply systems that also serves as an agricultural region and a crucial ecological resource?

With National Estuaries Week upon us, we’d like to extend an invitation to you to attend a special free briefing – Drought and the Delta – on Oct. 25 to learn how the severe drought has affected the region.


Groundwater Tour Will Dig Deeply into SGMA Progress
Attendees of Oct. 5 & 6 tour will get a behind-the-scenes look into implementation strategies

California’s historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is being implemented across the state.

Every high-priority and medium-priority groundwater basin and subbasin faces different challenges and is using different strategies to create a Groundwater Sustainability Plan. One major step is the selection of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) to act as the lead agency in this process, a requirement that must be completed by June 30, 2017.


Save the Date for Our 2017 Events

2017 is already shaping up to be a big year for water issues and for the Water Education Foundation.

Next year, we will mark our 40th anniversary and organize an array of conferences examining key topics. Events for the first half of the year include:


Hot Off the Press: 2016 Autumn California Project WET Gazette is Available

The Autumn 2016 edition of the California Project WET Gazette is available free of charge on our website.

This edition of the newsletter includes:

  • A Rainy-Day Hike for the Next Generation
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Websites of Interest
  • Autumn Events
  • Grants, Scholarships and Contests
  • Student Contests

Apply for 2017 Water Leaders Class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The one-year program fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and leadership skills.

Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on public boards and commissions, or key staff positions.


Discover Hidden World of Subsidence on Upcoming Groundwater Tour
Early bird discount expires Tuesday

Extensometers are among the most valuable devices hydrogeologists use to measure subsidence, but most people – even water professionals – have never seen one. They are sensitive and carefully calibrated, so they are kept under lock and key and are often in remote locations on private property.

During our California Groundwater Tour Oct. 5-6, you will see two types of extensometers used by the California Department of Water Resources to monitor changes in elevation caused by groundwater overdraft.


Learn about California Along our Greatest Waterways During Fall Tours
Early bird discounts available for all three tours

Our 2016 tour season has three chances left for you to experience the best educational tours on California water. During these fast-paced tours, we provide historical, scientific legal and diverse views on often controversial topics to give you the whole picture of this precious natural resource.

So join us this fall as we traverse major rivers and visit groundwater sites: