Learn the Basics and Beyond of Water in California
As drought and groundwater issues continue to dominate headlines,
attend our popular Water 101 workshop to gain a deeper
understanding of the key issues associated with the
life-sustaining resource from the new groundwater law, to water
rights, to how water moves across the state.
Leading policymakers and experts will serve as the
teachers of this 1-1/2 day workshop on Feb. 5-6 at
the Civic Center Galleria in West Sacramento.
With Cyber Monday just days away, remember that you can help the
Water Education Foundation when shopping online. The Foundation
is a participant in the AmazonSmile Foundation program,
which allows Amazon customers to designate a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization to receive 0.5% of the purchase price of
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 Amazon.com, but has the added bonus of allowing
you to support the Water Education Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.