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Agenda Posted for Water 101 Workshop in Early February

Great Opportunity for New Board Members and Anyone Interested in Learning More

Go beyond the headlines of California’s drought and groundwater issues and gain a deeper understanding of the state’s water issues at our Water 101 workshop on Feb. 5-6 in West Sacramento.


Tour the Lower Colorado River this March

See the “Lifeblood of the Southwest” Up Close

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 Value of Water: Building Momentum in 2015

Executive Briefing Set for March 25

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 annual conference.

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.


Make the Most of Year-End Gift Opportunities

The year may be coming to a close, but there’s still time to help support the Water Education Foundation. Your tax-deductible gift will help us continue our mission to provide unbiased information on water issues through facilitation, education and outreach, as we have for 37 years.


Consider Donating Tomorrow as Part of #GivingTuesday

If you spend money on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please consider taking part in #GivingTuesday tomorrow when charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

#GivingTuesday inspires people to give back to communities, charities and causes they support. Please consider kicking off your holiday season with an end-of-year, tax-deductible donations to the Water Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Top Speakers Featured at Water 101 Workshop

Learn the Basics and Beyond of Water in California

As drought and groundwater issues continue to dominate headlines, attend our popular Water 101 workshop to gain a deeper understanding of the key issues associated with the life-sustaining resource from the new groundwater law, to water rights, to how water moves across the state.

Leading policymakers and experts will serve as the teachers of this 1-1/2 day workshop on Feb. 5-6 at the Civic Center Galleria in West Sacramento.


Shopping on Cyber Monday? Use Amazon Smile and Support Water Education

With Cyber Monday just days away, remember that you can help the Water Education Foundation when shopping online. The Foundation is a participant in the AmazonSmile Foundation program, which allows Amazon customers to designate a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to receive 0.5% of the purchase price of products bought.

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Help Raise Awareness of Water on #GivingTuesday
Become a member of the Foundation on Dec. 2 and get a discounted price

The Water Education Foundation will be among the nation’s charities and nonprofits participating in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 2.

Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping.


Mark Your Calendar for the 2015 Tours

The Water Education Foundation has announced the dates for its 2015 water tours. Seven tours will be offered:


Lessons Learned from Mono Lake Decision Explored at Symposium
Sharing Limited Supplies During Drought Among Topics

Looking to lessons learned from the Mono Basin water-sharing decision made 20 years ago is one way to move forward in the bid to ease the effects of drought, according to organizers of the Nov. 17 Mono Lake at 20: Past, Present and Future symposium in Sacramento.


Still Time to Catch the San Joaquin River Tour Bus
A few seats remain for November 6-7 tour

A few seats remain for the Foundation’s Nov. 6-7 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour. This two-day, one-night tour offers you the opportunity to learn the latest about one of the largest river restoration projects in the nation. The tour starts and ends in Fresno.

Tentative stops include Friant Dam and spillway northeast of Fresno, the San Joaquin Trout Hatchery, area farms, restoration areas along the river, area farms, Mendota Pool and various flood control features.


In the News
Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Bowles Talks Water With Radio Disney

Jennifer Bowles, the executive director of the Water Education Foundation, recently did an interview with Radio Disney in San Francisco to talk about various water issues, including the drought and groundwater.

Listen to the complete interview here.



New Western Water Available
Finding the Right Balance: Managing Delta Salinity in Drought

The newest issue of Western Water magazine examines salinity in the San Francisco-San Joaquin Delta, a vital estuary and critical juncture of the state’s water delivery system.

Written by the Foundation’s Gary Pitzer, the September/October issue discusses the how salinity during drought is affecting fish, wildlife and farms.

In wet years, dry years and every type of water year in between, the daily intrusion and retreat of salinity in the Delta is a constant pattern.


Holiday Shopping? Support Water Education While You Shop Online

The Water Education Foundation is now participating in the AmazonSmile Foundation program, which allows Amazon customers to designate a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to receive 0.5% of purchase price of products bought.

AmazonSmile provides the customer with the same products, prices and service as, but has the added bonus of allowing you to support the Water Education Foundation.


Register Today for San Joaquin River Restoration Tour

Join us on the Nov. 6-7 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour that will explore the challenges associated with restoration of the San Joaquin River, a program that is the result of a legal settlement. See firsthand the progress being made and discuss the current conflicts so you can better understand the coordination taking place to implement one of the largest river restoration projects in the nation.

Press release

Applications for Foundation’s 2015 Water Leaders Class Now Available
Deadline to Apply is Dec. 12

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Water Leaders Class, a yearlong program that educates young professionals from diverse backgrounds about water issues. The deadline to apply is Dec. 12, 2014. The class begins January 2015.


Hear About the Year of Groundwater
Water Education Foundation is Cooperating Organization for Oct. 15-16 Conference

Drought, groundwater overdraft and new groundwater law are among the topics that will be addressed at the Groundwater Resources Association’s 23rd Annual Conference. The Water Education Foundation is a cooperating organization for the Oct. 15-16 event to be held in Sacramento.


Mono Lake at 20: Past, Present and Future
Water Education Foundation is Cosponsor of Nov. 17 Event

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.

Press release

Lester Snow to Talk About Historic Groundwater Legislation at Special Water 101 Workshop
Register Today for One Day or Both Days of the Oct. 2-3 Event

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.

Press release

Santa Ana River Watershed 2014 Conference agenda available

The preliminary agenda is available for the sixth annual Santa Ana River Watershed Conference to be held on Oct. 14 in Riverside. The 2014 theme of the annual conference is Keeping Our Cool.

The keynote speaker will be UCLA geography professor and researcher Glen MacDonald, who will address what drought conditions might mean for water resources of the future.