In the January/February issue of Western Water Magazine,
Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the notion of a “sustainable” and
“resilient” water supply.
His article highlights what sustainability and resiliency mean to
a state in the middle of a drought and with a growing population
and water needs that stretch from bustling cities in the north
and south to the rich agricultural fields of the Central,
Imperial and Coachella valleys and Central Coast.
Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water
Resources, and Jennifer Gimbel, principal deputy assistant
secretary for water and science at the Department of the
Interior, will headline a lineup of top speakers at the Water
Education Foundation’s March 25 Executive
Learn about how current hydrologic conditions are affecting water
project operations and conditions in the Delta and the actions
being taken in response to balance impacts to cities, farms, and
the environment at “Challenges of the 2015 Drought: Water Project
Operations” March 19 in Fresno.
Cosponsored by DWR and the Foundation in cooperation with the
Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno, this one-day
event will feature speakers from the state and federal
Nothing compares to seeing the water facilities and related uses
– agricultural fields, wetlands, urban water treatment
plants and more – firsthand. The Water Education Foundation
invites you to get out of the office and join one of our
The Board of Directors of the Water Education Foundation recently
elected four new members. They are: Cannon
Michael of Bowles Farming Company, Kim
Delfino with Defenders of Wildlife, Jennifer
Persike with the Association of California Water
Agencies and Christopher Park with CDM Smith,
announced Jennifer Bowles, Foundation executive director.
As Lake Mead continues to decline, Arizona officials say there is
a 61 percent chance of a first-ever shortage declaration in 2017.
Mead is now at 1,089 feet above sea level, or 42 percent of
capacity. If the reservoir drops to elevation 1075, a level
one shortage would be declared, reducing supplies to Arizona and
When it comes to flooding in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,
it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”
The Water Education Foundation’s latest video, “Getting
Prepared: Preventing Flood Contamination in the Delta”
(running time 17.35) takes a look at the real threats of flooding
in the Delta and what to do to minimize the damage when it
Our annual Lower Colorado River Tour now has two options to
benefit attendees: early bird prices and a starting and end point
The March 11-13 Lower Colorado River Tour begins in Las Vegas and
ends at California’s Ontario Airport. But those concerned
about out-of-state travel can now take the option of beginning
and ending the tour in Ontario.
Two dozen water experts and decision-makers will be on hand at
the WATER 2015 program hosted by Capitol Weekly and the UC
Center. The day-long event will be Feb. 19 in Sacramento. The
Water Education is a cosponsor and Executive Director
Jennifer Bowles is moderating a panel.
As the multiyear drought continues across the Colorado River
Basin and the two main reservoirs along the river reach lower and
lower levels, federal officials and the major users of the
river’s water are seeking to avert crisis conditions and offering
millions of dollars to stimulate new water conservation
proposals, writes Water Education Foundation Writer Gary Pitzer.
Pitzer covers “The Colorado River System Conservation Program:
Wringing Even More Savings from the System” in the recently
published Winter 2014/2015 edition of River Report.
Lake Mead recently reached its lowest level since it filled in
the 1930s, and there is concern that if the drought
continues the nation’s largest reservoir will drop and
reach ”shortage” conditions. A federal, multi-state effort
is now underway to retain water in the reservoir and avoid a
Learn more about these efforts and see the reservoir and Hoover
Dam firsthand on the Water Education Foundation’s March
11-13 tour of the Lower Colorado River.
California DWR Director Mark Cowin Among Top Speakers
California DWR Director Mark Cowin is among the top speakers at
the Water Education Foundation’s March 25 Executive
Briefing in Sacramento.
Taking a look at significant developments that occurred last year
such as the water bond and the new groundwater law, “The
Value of Water: Building Momentum in 2015″ will
feature discussions on next steps of these major actions.
The 2012 landmark Colorado River Basin Study identified a major
disparity between future water supply and demand, and established
three workgroups to figure out how to close the gap. The newest
issue of Western Water magazine takes a look at the process and
progress in the last two years.
Signups are now underway for the Water Education Foundation’s
March 11-13 tour of the Lower Colorado River. Don’t miss this
opportunity to visit key sites along the “lifeblood of the
Southwest,” including a private tour of Hoover Dam, Central
Arizona Project’s Mark Wilmer pumping plant, the Havasu
National Wildlife refuge, farms in the Imperial and Coachella
valleys, and the Salton Sea.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the water bond and
the question of long-term water management are among the
important and timely topics to be addressed at this
year’s Executive Briefing, the Water Education Foundation’s
The 32nd annual event, “The Value of Water: Building Momentum
in 2015,” will feature key speakers and top experts in their
fields. The Briefing will be March 25 at the Red
Lion Woodlake Hotel and Conference Center in Sacramento.