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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.