As 2016 began, Lake Mead’s level of almost 1,082 feet was a
scant seven feet above the first trigger point for a
shortage determination for the year. Thus, Arizona and Nevada
barely escaped seeing their water supplies cut back this year.
But there is an 18 percent probability of a shortage in 2017.
With the Colorado River suffering through a 16-year dry period,
drought-response activities have become the standard in water
management in the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California and
Learn from top experts at our Water 101 Workshop in February
about the history, hydrology and water law behind California
water as well as hot topics such as groundwater, the Delta and
storage being funded by $2.7 billion from Prop. 1.
Check out the
agenda for the one-day workshop on February 4, with an
optional second, half day.
The staff at the Water Education
Foundation would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
We are excited about 2016 and have some great events
happening this year.
Our popular Water 101 Workshop
is fast-approaching in early February in the Sacramento area.
This once-a-year event is a great opportunity for anyone who
wants to go beyond the headlines and gain a deeper understanding
of the history, hydrology and legal system behind California
water. The daylong workshop has an optional second, half day.
The Layperson’s Guide to California Water, the anchor of the
Water Education Foundation’s popular series of Layperson’s
Guides, has just been updated and published.
“We felt an update was in order, given all of the developments
over the past couple of years – the drought, the water bond and
the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” said Jennifer
Bowles, Foundation executive director.
The 33rd annual Executive
Briefing, Defining the New Normal, will feature a
lineup of top speakers, including State Water Board Chair Felicia
The Briefing will be at a new location this year – the
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way, in
Sacramento. The latest information on implementation of the
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the future of the
Delta are two of the topics to be discussed by panels of experts
from a broad point of views.
Tickets are now on sale for the Water Education Foundation’s
March 2-4 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. The tour also
visits the Salton Sea and farming regions in the Imperial and
This free briefing sponsored by the Department of Water Resources
and the Water Education Foundation will discuss forecasts of
water project operations in the coming year.
Water year 2016 has officially begun, and all eyes are on the
weather and the potential runoff. But even if the projected heavy
El Niño becomes reality, the state’s drought-impacted reservoirs
are still a major concern.
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
Participants will learn from top experts such as former Natural
Resources secretary Lester Snow about:
Tick-tock! Monday Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to apply for
the 2016 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class, a one-year
program that fosters a deeper knowledge of water issues and
enhances leadership skills.
Criteria for acceptance include a commitment to understanding
water issues and an interest in seeking leadership roles on
public boards and commissions, or key staff positions.
Click here for more information and
to download an application.
The Water Education Foundation has announced the
line-up for its 2016 water tours. Six tours, including a new one
to the San Diego area to visit the new Carlsbad ocean
desalination plant and other interesting sites, will be offered:
As drought, El Niño and groundwater 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 4-5 at the West Sacramento City Hall are:
Climate change, hydrologic conditions and living within a new
normal when it comes to water management are two of the key
topics to be addressed at this year’s Executive
Briefing, the Water Education Foundation’s annual, flagship
The 33rd annual event, “Defining the New Normal,” will feature
key speakers and top experts in their fields. The Briefing
will be March 17 at a new location this year – the DoubleTree by
Hilton Sacramento, 2001 PointWest Way, in Sacramento.
Don’t miss the must-attend groundwater
conference of 2016 focusing on the world’s agricultural
regions next summer in San Francisco!
Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture 2016: 2nd
International Conference Linking Science and Policy will
focus on the latest scientific, management, legal and policy
advances for sustaining our groundwater resources in agricultural
regions around the world.
Earlier this year the Water Education Foundation published a
free online handbook with background information on the
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, signed into law in 2014
by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The handbook has just been updated to include chapters
on SGMA fees and case studies of SGMA implementation
underway in Stanislaus and Kern counties, the Pajaro Valley and
the Colusa subbasin. Click
here to read the updated handbook.
In the September/October issue of Western Water magazine, Writer
Gary Pitzer explores the impacts of California’s severe drought
on cities, business, agriculture and environment. In all, experts
say this drought is charting new territory.
After four years of drought, California has endured cumulative
years of deficit, which have taken their toll. The 2014 water
year tied the 1977 water year with a snowpack of 25 percent of
normal. Water year 2015, which ended Sept. 30, was even worse.
Seats are going fast – book yours today! This 3-day, 2-night tour
travels the length of the Sacramento Valley and explores the
issues of this major California water source.
Stops include Oroville and Shasta dams to witness the low water
levels in the reservoirs and hear from experts about what’s being
done and future implications of the drought. The stop at Shasta
will include a houseboat cruise on the reservoir.
The San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, on Nov. 5-6, will explore
the challenges and controversies related to restoration
activities, especially in a year of extreme drought.
The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most
contentious legal battles in California water history related to
providing instream flows for fish. A 2006 settlement between the
Natural Resources Defense Council, the Bureau of Reclamation and
the Friant Water Users Authority led to creation of the San
Joaquin River Restoration Program.
The Water Education Foundation is known for its
colorful, poster-sized maps detailing specific waterways and
information about their watersheds, including California water,
the lower Colorado River and the Delta.
These maps are guaranteed to help you better understand
California’s complex water story. Start your collection today!
Click here to see the Foundation’s