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Announcement Gary Pitzer

New Western Water Available
Does California Need a Water Court?

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.

Press release

Get a Behind-The-Scenes Understanding of the California Water Bond at Water 101 Workshop
Longtime Legislative Expert Alf W. Brandt Among Lineup of Top Speakers

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.

Press release

Water Education Foundation Launches New User-Friendly Website
Links All Foundation Websites – Aquafornia and Aquapedia – Under One Umbrella

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 products.

“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 one umbrella.”

Announcement Brian Brown

CSTA Honors Project WET
The Water Education Foundation and Brian Brown to Receive Award

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.


In the News
Deputy Executive Director Sue McClurg Discusses California Drought with AP

(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 penalties waived.


Water Education Foundation Moves Office Location
Foundation Sets Up Shop in Midtown Sacramento

The Water Education Foundation is moving to a new location in midtown Sacramento.

As of Aug. 4, the Foundation and its staff will be located at 1401 21st Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811.

The phone number will remain the same: 916-444-6240.

Announcement Jennifer Bowles

In the News
Executive Director Jennifer Bowles Discusses Ocean Desalination with CNN

(CNN) — It’s been a cruel irony for ancient mariners and any thirsty person who has ever gazed upon a sparkling blue ocean: Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.

Press release

Former Journalist Named to Head Water Education Foundation
Jennifer Bowles Replaces Longtime Executive Director Rita Schmidt Sudman

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 Foundation.

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.