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
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.
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
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
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.
Global groundwater issues are a major focus of the June
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
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
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.
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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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 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.
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?”
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
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.
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.
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.