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New Western Water Magazine Available

In the Summer 2016 issue of the Water Education Foundation’s Western Water, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the issue of site-specific decisions to remove dams because they are obsolete – choked by accumulated sediment, seismically vulnerable and out of compliance with federal regulations that require environmental balance.


Read the Latest Issue of River Report
Summer 2016 article explores the states’ efforts to craft a drought contingency plan

More than 15 years of drought on the Colorado River is increasing the chance that Lake Mead will fall low enough to trigger a shortage declaration in the not-too-distant future. It seems a matter of when and not if.

According to federal officials, there is a 65 percent chance of a shortage being declared between 2019 and 2021. To alleviate the anticipated impacts of declining levels in Lake Mead, the Colorado River Basin states and water users are working on a plan to slow the decline of the nation’s largest reservoir.


Our Groundwater Tour Takes You Out of the Conference Room and into the Field
Get the latest updates on California groundwater and how it is being managed

Why learn about groundwater in a conference room? Join us in the field where groundwater actually is! During our Oct. 5 and 6 tour, we will  explore several subbasins in the Sacramento Valley Groundwater Basin as we will travel through the agriculturally rich California counties of Yolo, Colusa, Glenn and Butte.


California Groundwater Tour Added to 2016 Schedule
Dig deeply into the latest progress on SGMA; visit wineries and dairies

Our 2015 Groundwater Tour was so popular, we decided to do another one for this fall.

Join us for an updated groundwater tour October 5-6 as we explore groundwater basins in Yolo, Colusa, Butte and Glenn counties and visit groundwater monitoring stations, wells, wineries, dairies and other interesting sites.


Learn the Answers to FAQs About California Drought Conditions
Check out our new free online resource

California is no stranger to drought. When conditions become dry, water storage declines and water conservation mandates make news headlines, questions from the public often surface. Answers can be found in the Foundation’s new Drought FAQs online publication.

Comprehensive answers to what seems like an easy question are just a click away for members of the public, journalists, students and others from whether we can modify the weather to how much rain it takes to end a drought.


Groundwater Issues and Solutions the Focus of Presentations by Global Experts
International Groundwater Conference June 28-30 in San Francisco

More than 150 speakers from around the world will discuss global groundwater issues, present the latest scientific and policy information about common problems, and discuss potential solutions June 28-30 at Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy in San Francisco.


Hot off the Press: 2016 Summer California Project WET Gazette is available

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

This edition of the newsletter includes:

  • Lands of Wonder – the links between California’s national parks and Project WET activities
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Websites of Interest
  • Summer Events
  • Grants, Scholarships and Contests

Global Groundwater Issues Focus of June 28-30 Conference
Hear from more than 150 experts and view more than 40 research posters

Global groundwater issues are a major focus of the June 28-30 International Groundwater Conference in San Francisco. This event will provide participants with, among other things, the opportunity to hear the latest scientific and policy information about common problems worldwide and learn about possible solutions from international experts.

Groundwater constitutes nearly half the world’s drinking water and much of the world’s irrigation water supply. Agricultural regions in all countries face similar challenges experienced in California: drought, overuse, groundwater salinity, nitrate pollution and ensuring a sustainable supply for the future.


New Western Water Magazine Issue Available
The Delta at a Crossroads

In the Spring 2016 issue of the Water Education Foundation’s Western Water, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the dilemma of balancing needs for the economy and the environ­ment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the impor­tance of transporting water to the south.

Pitzer discusses the California WaterFix, a $15 billion plan supported by the state of California and the federal government that would involve a major re-working of the Delta plumbing system.


International Groundwater Conference to Examine Nitrate Contamination, Its Prevention and Cleanup
Join us June 28-30 for the conference in San Francisco

Nitrate in groundwater is one of the most pressing contamination issues in agricultural areas around the world, from California’s Central Valley to Denmark and New Zealand. Nitrate pollution threatens both people and the environment, and preventing it from seeping into aquifers and removing it from groundwater is one of the top water quality issues around the globe.


Sponsor a Student to Attend Next Month’s International Groundwater Conference in San Francisco

Help support the next generation of scientists, lawyers and policymakers working in the important field of groundwater by helping them attend Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy.

Join the law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP in providing a scholarship for a university student to experience this pivotal, three-day conference organized by the Water Education Foundation and the UC Davis Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair.


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Get the Latest Updates on San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Conditions
Free June 1 briefing at CSU Fresno also will discuss current hydrologic conditions

Speakers from the California Department of Water Resources, NASA/JPL, Fresno County and the Kings River Conservation District will be on tap at a free briefing June 1 in Fresno to give the latest information on the state’s current hydrologic/drought conditions and the San Joaquin Valley’s groundwater.

Hear how a local agency is implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and how remote sensing is helping to monitor San Joaquin Valley land subsidence. Attendees will also get the latest conditions of the region’s groundwater supply, use and overdraft.


Water Year 2016: San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Conditions
Join us June 1 for a free briefing in Fresno

Water year 2016 is an improvement over the previous four severely dry years, but drought conditions persist in the San Joaquin Valley. As growers confront reduced surface water allocations, they continue to turn to groundwater. This heavy reliance on groundwater has resulted in declining water levels, increased overdraft and a heightened awareness of the new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. 


Drilling Down into California’s New Groundwater Management Law
Learn more about SGMA and other topics at June 28-30 international conference

California’s new landmark groundwater rules will be a key focus during Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy June 28-30 in the San Francisco area.

Glenda Humiston, vice president of Agriculture & Natural Resources at UC Davis, will deliver a keynote address on the opening day: “California Perspectives: Agriculture at a Crossroads to Groundwater Sustainability?”


Don’t Miss Our Most Popular Tour and a Chance to Explore the Bay-Delta
Early-bird prices end Monday for the June 15-17 tour

Our annual Bay-Delta Tour is our most popular tour. Last year it sold out with almost 100 participants! Don’t miss your opportunity to reserve a seat for this year’s June 15-17 tour – this Monday is the deadline for an early-bird discount on tickets.

During this contentious year for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water policy, this tour will offer you the chance  to hear from a diverse selection of experts on all sides of the proposed WaterFix/Delta tunnels project, including water administrators, environmentalists, farmers, engineers and scientists.


Agenda Posted for Free SoCal Workshop: Beyond the Drought-Tolerant Landscape
Some seats still available for San Diego Water Tour

Go beyond the basics of drought-tolerant landscaping and learn the latest on sustainable landscapes, hear about plant selection and constraints, and get tips from nursery and landscape experts at our May 18 workshop in Southern California.

As California continues to suffer from a drought, now in its fifth year, outdoor watering is one of the biggest ways to reduce water use at homes and businesses. Outdoor watering can account for 50 percent or more of a home’s total water use.


Annual Bay-Delta Tour to be Held on June 15-17
Early-bird prices good until May 15

Join us on our Bay-Delta Tour as we start out exploring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that provides a funnel for drinking water for more than 25 million Californians and irrigation water to 3 million acres of farmland.


Join Us for a Free Drought-Tolerant Landscape Workshop
May 18 event in Southern California includes field trip to local nursery

Join us May 18 in Escondido for a free workshop that will examine the latest trends in sustainable landscapes, constraints on plant availability and ways to transform lawns with little cash.

The workshop will also include a field trip to a local nursery to tour demonstration gardens and growing grounds.