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Learn First-Hand From Farmers and Irrigators about Water Supply Impacts to Nation’s Breadbasket on Central Valley Tour

California’s San Joaquin Valley produces 25 percent of the nation’s food, including 40 percent of all fruits, nuts and vegetables consumed throughout the country. Despite this winter’s deluge, many farmers in the San Joaquin Valley will face another season amid changing drought conditions. Challenges that still face California’s agricultural heartland include reduced surface water allocations, overdrafted groundwater basins and decreasing water quality.


Water Leaders Chosen for 2017 Class
Group of Early to Mid-Career Professionals Kicked off Yearlong Program

A select group of early to mid-career professionals from a variety of water stakeholder groups were selected as members for the 2017 class of the highly respected William R. Gianelli Water Leaders program.

The yearlong program, organized by the Water Education Foundation, began Jan. 23 with an orientation at the Foundation’s office in Sacramento. Here are the class members:


“New Water” Panel set to Discuss Ways to Augment Supply
Register today for our March 23 Executive Briefing

Experts from around the state will discuss groundbreaking ways to create additional water sources at the Water Education Foundation’s 34th annual Executive Briefing, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” on March 23 in Sacramento.

Topics addressed by speakers on the panel “Tapping New Sources: Water for the 21st Century” will include stormwater capture, water recycling and potable reuse, and water neutrality ordinances.


Winter Rain Increases Flows on the San Joaquin River
March Central Valley water tour will analyze drought impacts

The recent deluge has led to changes in drought conditions in some areas of California and even public scrutiny of the possibility that the drought is over. Many eyes are focused on the San Joaquin Valley, one of the areas hardest hit by reduced surface water supplies. On our Central Valley Tour, March 8-10, we will visit key water delivery and storage sites in the San Joaquin Valley, including Friant Dam and Millerton Lake on the San Joaquin River.


Santa Ana Watershed Conference to be Held For First Time Since 2014
Conference sponsorship opportunities available for May 25 event

The Santa Ana River Watershed Conference is being held this year for the first time since 2014, and is expected to draw some 250 attendees from across the watershed and beyond.

Among the hot topics on tap for the May 25 conference in Ontario are efforts to map water use to make the watershed resilient, a look at Proposition 1 funding and the region’s ambitious integrated projects, and a focus on underserved and disadvantage communities.


Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo
2017 Executive Briefing set for March 23

Finding new sources of water for the future and implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act are two of the key topics to be addressed at this year’s Executive Briefing, the Water Education Foundation’s flagship conference of the year.

The 34th annual event, “Wave of Change: Breaking the Status Quo,” will feature key speakers and top experts in their fields. The Briefing will be March 23 at a new location this year – the Hilton Sacramento Arden West hotel, 2200 Harvard Street in Sacramento.


Go Deep into California’s Breadbasket to Explore Water Issues
First Foundation tour of 2017 traverses the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley has been hit hard by the six-year drought and related surface water cutbacks. Some land has been fallowed and groundwater pumping has increased. What does this year hold? Will these recent heavy storms provide enough surface water for improved water deliveries? 

Your best opportunity to see and understand this vital agricultural region of California is to join us on our annual Central Valley Tour, March 8-10.


Drought Along the Colorado River
Our latest River Report explores steps being taken in the Upper Basin

Dependence on the Colorado River as a water supply source has been shaken by 16 years of drought that have rewritten the rules for managing water. In the Lower Basin, water users are grappling with the potential of a shortage that would reduce annual allocations.


Water 101 Workshop Agenda Now Posted

Learn all about California water at our popular Water 101 Workshop.

The event, held once a year, gives attendees a chance to gain a deeper understanding of our state’s most precious natural resource, including the history, hydrology, legal aspects of water, along with hot topics.

The agenda is now posted for the Feb. 2-3 event in West Sacramento. Check it out here and see all the experts lined up to teach the various sessions.

Press release

Former Bureau Commissioner Bob Johnson Elected Board President of Water Education Foundation
Board of Directors Also Elects Former California Natural Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman as Board Member and Elevates Celeste Cantú to Board Secretary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Bob Johnson, a former commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, was elected president of the Water Education Foundation’s board of directors, taking the helm as the organization marks its 40th anniversary in 2017.

Johnson replaces Bill Mills, who had been president since 2007 and will remain on the board as a director. Mills is a water consultant who was general manager of the Orange County Water District from 1987 to 2002.

Announcement Jenn Bowles

Happy 2017 From the Water Education Foundation – A Letter from the Executive Director
Water 101, Headwater Tours, our 40th Anniversary and more!

Happy New Year to the supporters and followers of the Water Education Foundation!

This will be a big year for the Foundation as we celebrate our 40th anniversary! We began in 1977 in the second year of a drought. Jimmy Carter was in the White House and Jerry Brown was governor of California. Some things never change!

We are planning a few events to mark the milestone – a picnic in the summer for attendees of our tours no matter how long ago you joined us for an outing, and a special dinner in the fall.


Project WET Gazette – Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 California Project WET Gazette is “live” on the Water Education Foundation website. The ocean is the focus of the winter edition, which includes an ‘Oceans Habitat’ activity.

The list of 2017 workshops is growing! Check out the workshops.


Water 101 Workshop: A Rare Opportunity for New Directors, Anyone Interested in Learning More about the Critical Resource

Our Water 101 Workshop in February in West Sacramento is a unique, once-a-year opportunity designed to give newly elected water district directors and other participants a chance to go beyond the headlines and gain a deeper understanding of California water.

Participants will learn from top experts, such as former Natural Resources Secretary Lester Snow, about:


Learn from Top Experts, Policymakers at Water 101 Workshop
Event to be held Feb. 2-3 in West Sacramento

As drought, groundwater and Delta issues continue to dominate headlines, attend our popular Water 101 workshop to learn from leading policymakers and experts about key issues associated with the life-sustaining resource.

Among the speakers on the first day of the 1-1/2 day workshop on February 2-3 at the West Sacramento City Hall are:


Our California Water Map has a New Look
Order your copy today!

A new look for our most popular product! Widely known as being the definitive poster that shows the integral role water plays in the state, the California Water Map has been updated just in time for the holidays.

The map features beautiful photos of California’s natural environment, rivers, water projects, wildlife, and urban and agricultural uses.


Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Tours
Registration now open for all six tours

The Water Education Foundation has announced the line-up for its 2017 water tours. Six tours, including a new one to the headwaters area of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the mountains around Lake Tahoe, will be offered:

Announcement Jenn Bowles

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: