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Itinerary Posted for Oct. 8-9 SoCal Tour
Water recycling, groundwater management and key infrastructure on tap

Join us as we explore a major hub of Southern California’s water supply where we’ll see water recycling facilities, Metropolitan Water District’s massive reservoir and see how wetlands play a role in Orange County’s water supply.

Click here to see an itinerary of the Oct. 8-9 Southern California Tour. Some of the highlights on the tour include:


See State-Of-The-Art Water Conservation Facility during Oct. 8-9 SoCal Tour

As part of our upcoming Southern California Tour, we will be visiting a state-of-the-art low-impact development and water conservation facility at Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District in Riverside.

The facility, which updated the District’s parking lot and grounds, includes:


Application Form for 2016 Water Leaders Class Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Water Leaders Class, a yearlong program that educates young professionals from diverse backgrounds about water issues and leadership. The deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2015. The class begins January 2016.


The Latest Issue of River Report is Now Available
Issue looks at the Moving Forward Report and reaching a reliable supply on the Colorado River

Squaring a projected imbalance between the water supply and demand of the Colorado River hinges in part on further advances in agricultural and municipal water use efficiency, according to a report produced earlier this year by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Colorado River Basin states and numerous stakeholders.

Water Education Foundation Writer Gary Pitzer explores “Reaching Reliable Supply on the Colorado River: The Moving Forward Report” in the recently published Summer 2015 edition of River Report.


Southern California Tour to Showcase Innovations
Dinner to be held at winery where we'll hear a grape grower discuss water issues

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) in Chino on our upcoming Southern California Tour, Oct. 8-9.

A leader in recycled water, groundwater management and generating renewable energy to power its treatment plants, IEUA will kick off our tour at its headquarters, which was the first and largest public building to receive the Platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) in 2003.


Groundwater Management in the Spotlight on Upcoming Tour
September 24-25 draft tour intinerary available; stops include Folsom Lake, Napa winery and much more

Passage of the landmark Sustainable Groundwater Management Act has put an unseen resource into public view as regions throughout the state undertake the next step – implementation. During our Groundwater Tour, you will learn what actions water leaders in the Sacramento, Yolo, Solano and Napa regions are taking to monitor and manage this valuable resource during this critical drought and into the future.

Check out the full draft itinerary here. Experts from USGS, UC Davis, DWR and regional agencies will discuss groundwater pollution, the surface water-groundwater connection and the important role of groundwater for city supplies and for agriculture – including vineyards, dairies and more .


Join Us As We Explore SoCal Water Hub Oct. 8-9
And check out our other fall tours

Join us as we venture into Inland Southern California, a major hub of the region’s water operations where both the Colorado River Aqueduct and the State Water Project bring imported water.

But while much of the region depends on imported supplies, it is also blessed with ample groundwater and has strived in many cases to make every drop count through water recycling and other innovative means. Learn about this on our Southern California Tour, as we travel from Ontario to the Temecula wine country to see how the region has sought to implement drought-proofing measures.


Join Us on our September 24-25 Groundwater Tour

Groundwater overdraft, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and groundwater’s importance during a drought are all headline issues across California that will be discussed on our upcoming Groundwater Tour.

As we travel from the Sacramento region to the Napa wine country, we will discuss aquifer recharge, storage and water recycling, well drilling, groundwater use for agricultural, municipal and industrial uses and groundwater contamination in disadvantaged communities.

Our tentative itinerary includes:


Hear about water recycling, drought-proofing efforts during SoCal Tour

Join us October 8-9 for a two-day, one-night tour of Inland Southern California to see how the region has become a leader in managing groundwater, recycling water and promoting drought-tolerant landscapes.

We’ll also visit Diamond Valley Lake, the large reservoir operated by Metropolitan Water District, the Temecula wine country, wetlands along the Santa Ana River and Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District’s low-impact development facility, which shows ways to build water-wise features.


Learn the Basics and Beyond at Water 101 Workshop

As drought and groundwater issues continue to dominate headlines, gain a deeper understanding of the key issues associated with the life-sustaining resource at our popular Water 101 Workshop.

Leading policymakers and experts will serve as the teachers of this 1-1/2 day workshop on Feb. 4-5 at the West Sacramento City Hall.


Drought Tour is Rare Opportunity to See Impacts Upclose

California’s worst drought on record is a hot topic of conversation but most people only have second-hand information about its real impacts.

The Water Education Foundation’s Drought Tour on September 1 & 2 gives you the chance to personally interact with real people facing real problems in one of the state’s hardest-hit areas.


Groundwater tour among upcoming events
Save the date for our fall tours and 2016 workshops and conferences

Besides our upcoming drought tour, we’ll be hosting a groundwater tour and a Southern California tour this fall.

Rounding out our 2015 tours will be our annual Northern California Tour and the San Joaquin River Restoration Tour. To find more information on all tours and to register, click here. Buy a ticket and grab a seat on the bus with us!


California Drought Tour Itinerary Announced
Tour to focus on drought impacts in the San Joaquin Valley

Join us for our California Drought Tour through the San Joaquin Valley on September 1-2. Buy your seat on the bus today! Early bird prices good until August 3.

As farmers fallow fields, towns receive emergency drinking water and groundwater supplies are depleted, we will explore the impacts of California’s unprecedented four-year drought on the nation’s breadbasket and what steps are being taken to avert disaster.

Hear firsthand from farmers, water managers, state and local officials, researchers, and community activists.


Drought Tour Just Announced

Join us this September for a two-day tour of the San Joaquin Valley to explore the impacts of California’s unprecedented, four-year drought on the nation’s breadbasket and what steps are being taken to avert disaster.

As farmers fallow fields, towns receive emergency drinking water and groundwater supplies are depleted, we will get an up-close view of one of the state’s hardest-hit regions. The Sept. 1-2 tour starts and ends in Fresno.


Fall Tour Lineup: Get Early Bird Prices

Our exciting fall tour lineup includes in-depth looks at groundwater in the Sacramento region and drought-proofing measures in Southern California along with our annual Northern California and San Joaquin River Restoration tours.

Early-bird prices are still available for each tour. Click here to see the tour line-up. There, you can get more information on each tour and register securely online.


Save the Date for our 2016 Events
International Groundwater Conference and Executive Briefing

Our 2016 calendar is starting to fill up with exciting events. We are organizing an International Groundwater Conference in San Francisco next June 28-30.

This international conference focusing on the nexus between groundwater and agriculture will provide scientists, policymakers, agricultural and environmental stakeholders, government officials and consultants with the latest scientific, management, legal and policy advances for sustaining groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world.


New Western Water Magazine Available: “Countdown at the Salton Sea”

In the May/June issue of Western Water magazine, Writer Gary Pitzer explores the challenges and possible future of the Salton Sea in this edition.

The Salton Sea, the shallow, briny inland lake at the southeastern edge of California, is slowly evaporating and becoming more saline. By the end of 2017, the state-mandated obligation for Imperial Irrigation District to provide mitigation water to the sea will end. Without that water, the sea will diminish faster, exposing more playa at a faster rate.


Go Deep into California’s Water Hub
Join us on next month's Bay-Delta Tour

Join us for our annual Bay-Delta Tour from June 24th – 26th for a rare opportunity to visit the heart of California’s water supply, see infrastructure vital to managing water in the state and speak to the experts who operate the projects. You will also learn from key stakeholders representing a broad diversity of specialties including farming, ecology, history and land management.


DWR to Offer Preview of IRWM Strategic Plan at this Week’s San Diego Conference
Also on the agenda: Frances Spivy-Weber to discuss mandatory state conversation regulations and the importance of regional planning

Attend the May 21-22 Integrated Regional Water Management conference for a sneak preview of recommended strategies from the Department of Water Resources for the future of IRWM in California, based on more than two years of interaction with IRWM practitioners and other stakeholders.

Headline issues related to drought, mandatory conservation and groundwater management also are on the agenda, which features a top lineup of speakers, including keynote speaker Fran Spivy-Weber, vice chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board.


Top Policymakers from Multiple Agencies Discuss Governmental Alignment at Upcoming IRWM Conference
Also, check out DWR’s Tools Expo to learn more about IRWM strategies for the future, funding and more

How do you get multiple agencies with multiple missions on the same page when it comes to water? The importance of governmental alignment will be discussed by a panel of top policymakers at the Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next Generation conference in San Diego.

Speakers on this panel are:

  • Col. Mike Farrell, Commander, Sacramento District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Gary Bardini, Deputy Director for Integrated Water Management, California Department of Water Resources
  • Gordon Burns, Undersecretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dennis Grossman, Senior Advisor for Environmental Science and Policy, California Strategic Growth Council
  • Norma Camacho, Chief Operating Officer: Watersheds, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • David Bolland, Special Projects Manager, Association of California Water Agencies