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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.

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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.


Hot off the Press: Autumn 2014 California Project WET Gazette is available

The Autumn 2014 edition of the California Project WET Gazette is available free of charge on our website.

This edition of the newsletter includes:


Still Time to Register for the Russian River Tour
Attendees will learn about drought, groundwater use and more

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 of capacity.

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Climate Expert Glen MacDonald to Share Drought Research at Santa Ana River Watershed Conference

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 Riverside.

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 Appropriations Committee.


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.

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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.

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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.