This year marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark State Water
Resources Control Board’s “public trust” decision regarding Mono
Lake and its tributary creeks.
The impacts of this decision and what it has meant for Mono Lake
and beyond will be the focus of a one-day symposium on Nov. 17.
The symposium will be held at the Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA
Headquarters in Sacramento. The symposium is sponsored by the UC
Berkeley’s Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy. The Water
Education Foundation is a cosponsor.
Attend the Water Education Foundation’s special Water 101
Workshop in Southern California in early October and hear from
one of the people who helped formulate the historic groundwater
legislation recently signed by Gov. Brown.
Lester Snow, executive director of the California Water
Foundation and the former director of the Department of Water
Resources, was a key player in the formulation of the package of
groundwater bills – AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319.
Drought is one of the top headlines this year. Join the Water
Education Foundation’s Oct. 9-10 Russian River Tour and learn
about how this issue is affecting the Russian River watershed.
For the urban residents of Santa Rosa, the story is one of
conservation – users voluntarily cut their use 16 percent by June
30. But mandatory rationing is now in effect as water purveyors
face a decline in storage: Lake Mendocino is only at 27 percent
UCLA geography professor and researcher Glen MacDonald will
address what drought conditions might mean for water resources of
the future, during his keynote address at the sixth annual Santa
Ana River Watershed Conference to be held on Oct. 14 in
MacDonald, a recognized expert on climate variability and
environmental change and its impact on society, has published
over 150 journal articles, written an award-winning book on
biogeography and has testified on climate change to the Senate
The newest issue of Western Water examines the provocative
question of whether California needs a “water court” of some
variety. It’s an issue that periodically emerges, and
this year’s drought and State Water Board’s actions on water
diversions has caused some to question the need.
Written by the Foundation’s Gary Pitzer, the July/August issue
discusses how water rights are currently administered in
California and features interviews with proponents and
opponents. As with all things water – answers vary.
Recent polls show considerable voter support for the new $7.5
billion water bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. How the revised bond
made it to the ballot and what is – and isn’t – in the measure
will be discussed at the Water Education Foundation’s Water 101
Workshop in Southern California.
Sacramento, Calif. – The Water Education
Foundation recently launched a new cutting-edge website that makes it easier for visitors to learn about
water, conduct research, sign up for
email newsletters, securely register for tours and
conferences, and buy California water maps and other popular
“Our new website is extremely user-friendly and easy to
navigate,” said Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s executive
director. “It really brings together all of our resources under
The California Science Teachers Association recently announced
that Water Education Foundation/California Project WET and Brian
Brown, the program’s coordinator, will receive its
Distinguished Contributors Award.
(AP) — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn’t
bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday
night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents
who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School,
hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing
Jennifer Bowles, a former award-winning journalist who covered
Western water issues and became a communications strategist for a
major California law firm known for its water law practice, has
been named as Executive Director of the Water Education
Effective March 27, Bowles will replace longtime Executive
Director Rita Schmidt Sudman, who is retiring after 34 years of
heading the highly regarded nonprofit organization that raises
awareness of water issues in California and the Southwest.