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Free drought briefing set for March 19
Event at CSU Fresno is cosponsored by the California Department of Water Resources

Learn about how current hydrologic conditions are affecting water project operations and conditions in the Delta and the actions being taken in response to balance impacts to cities, farms, and the environment at “Challenges of the 2015 Drought: Water Project Operations” March 19 in Fresno.

Cosponsored by DWR and the Foundation in cooperation with the Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno, this one-day event will feature speakers from the state and federal agencies.


Catch a Foundation Tour Bus this Spring!
Still room on Colorado River Tour; Early bird pricing available for Central Valley Tour

Nothing compares to seeing the water facilities and related uses – agricultural fields, wetlands, urban water treatment plants and more – firsthand. The Water Education Foundation invites you to get out of the office and join one of our upcoming tours.

Press release

The Water Education Foundation Announces Four New Board Members
Among the new members are a farmer and an environmentalist

The Board of Directors of the Water Education Foundation recently elected four new members. They are: Cannon Michael of Bowles Farming Company, Kim Delfino with Defenders of Wildlife, Jennifer Persike with the Association of California Water Agencies and Christopher Park with CDM Smith, announced Jennifer Bowles, Foundation executive director.


Learn About Potential Colorado River Shortage on March 11-13 Tour
Register by Feb. 11 for Early Bird Savings

As Lake Mead continues to decline, Arizona officials say there is a 61 percent chance of a first-ever shortage declaration in 2017. Mead is now at 1,089 feet above sea level, or 42 percent of capacity. If the reservoir drops to elevation 1075, a level one shortage would be declared, reducing supplies to Arizona and Nevada.


Agenda Posted for March 25 Executive Briefing
Check out the lineup of top speakers and hot topics

Drought, the new sustainable groundwater law, the water bond, the Salton Sea and the Bay-Delta will all be discussed at the 32nd Annual Executive Briefing to be held March 25 in Sacramento.

“The Value of  Water: Building Momentum in 2015” will feature some top speakers, including DWR Director Mark Cowin, California Water Commissioner Joe Del Bosque and Cal EPA Undersecretary Gordon Burns.


Getting Prepared: Preventing Flood Contamination in the Delta
New video free for viewing

When it comes to flooding in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

The Water Education Foundation’s latest video, “Getting Prepared: Preventing Flood Contamination in the Delta” (running time 17.35) takes a look at the real threats of flooding in the Delta and what to do to minimize the damage when it happens.


Groundwater Key Topic at Water 101 Workshop
Lester Snow among the speakers addressing state's historic groundwater law

Speakers at next week’s Water 101 Workshop in the Sacramento area will talk about California’s new groundwater law and the important role that groundwater plays in the state’s supply.

The 2015 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act became effective Jan. 1. It was passed by the state Legislature last fall, making California the last state in the West to regulate groundwater pumping.


What’s Next for the $7.5 Billion Water Bond?
California Water Commissioner to Discuss at Upcoming Water 101 Workshop

California voters last year passed a $7.5 billion bond water bond amid one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. What’s in the water bond and where is the money going to go?

Get the answers from Kim Delfino, member of the California Water Commission, at the Water Education Foundation’s Water 101 Workshop Feb 5-6 in West Sacramento.

The largest single portion of bond money was the $2.7 billion earmarked for the Commission to allocate for storage projects.


Register for Colorado River Tour by Feb. 11 for Early Bird Savings
New! Optional California Starting Point

Our annual Lower Colorado River Tour now has two options to benefit attendees: early bird prices and a starting and end point in California.

The March 11-13 Lower Colorado River Tour begins in Las Vegas and ends at California’s Ontario Airport. But those concerned about out-of-state travel can now take the option of beginning and ending the tour in Ontario.

Those who select this option can learn more here.


Sign Up Today for Capitol Weekly & UC Center’s WATER 2015
Water Education Foundation is Cosponsor of Feb. 19 Event

Two dozen water experts and decision-makers will be on hand at the WATER 2015 program hosted by Capitol Weekly and the UC Center. The day-long event will be Feb. 19 in Sacramento. The Water Education is a cosponsor and Executive Director Jennifer Bowles is moderating a panel.


River Report Winter 2014/2015 looks into new, bold water conservation efforts in the Colorado River Basin

As the multiyear drought continues across the Colorado River Basin and the two main reservoirs along the river reach lower and lower levels, federal officials and the major users of the river’s water are seeking to avert crisis conditions and offering millions of dollars to stimulate new water conservation proposals, writes Water Education Foundation Writer Gary Pitzer.

Pitzer covers “The Colorado River System Conservation Program: Wringing Even More Savings from the System” in the recently published Winter 2014/2015 edition of River Report.


Lake Mead’s Low Point Sparks Innovative Conservation Programs
Learn About This and More on March 11-13 Tour

Lake Mead recently reached its lowest level since it filled in the 1930s, and there is concern that if the drought continues the nation’s largest reservoir will drop and reach ”shortage” conditions. A federal, multi-state effort is now underway to retain water in the reservoir and avoid a shortage.

Learn more about these efforts and see the reservoir and Hoover Dam firsthand on the Water Education Foundation’s March 11-13 tour of the Lower Colorado River.


2015 Water Leaders Selected

Twenty-one Young Professionals to Meet Jan. 29

Members of the highly revered William R. Gianelli Water Leaders program put on by the Water Education Foundation were selected to participate in the 2015 class.

Class members are:


Register Today to Attend the Foundation’s March 25 Executive Briefing

California DWR Director Mark Cowin Among Top Speakers

California DWR Director Mark Cowin is among the top speakers at the Water Education Foundation’s March 25 Executive Briefing in Sacramento.

Taking a look at significant developments that occurred last year such as the water bond and the new groundwater law, “The Value of Water: Building Momentum in 2015″ will feature discussions on next steps of these major actions.


New Western Water Magazine Available
The Next Steps of the Colorado River Basin Study

The 2012 landmark Colorado River Basin Study identified a major disparity between future water supply and demand, and established three workgroups to figure out how to close the gap. The newest issue of Western Water magazine takes a look at the process and progress in the last two years.


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.