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Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next Generation
May 21-22 Conference Set for San Diego

The role that integrated regional water management can play during the drought and in the state’s water future is the focus of a May 21-22 conference to be held in San Diego.

Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next Generation is cosponsored by the Water Education Foundation and the California Department of Water Resources in partnership with the IRWM Roundtable of Regions.


Take Advantage of Early Bird Prices for 2015 Tours

The Water Education Foundation this year is offering early bird prices for all 2015 water tours.

The remaining tours with early bird prices are:


Does the Salton Sea Have a Future?
Attend our Executive Briefing Wednesday to find out

Debate swirls around California’s largest inland lake, the Salton Sea, which sits at the heart of a major farm-to-city water transfer that allowed the state to stay within its allocation of the Colorado River.


Learn About Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
March 25 briefing to include discussion of DWR’s new, draft SGMA strategic plan

With the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act now law – what’s next? Issues related to implementation at the state and regional levels will be the focus of a panel discussion at the Foundation’s March 25 Executive Briefing in Sacramento.

Hear what’s in the Department of Water Resources’ recently released draft strategic plan identifying actions that need to be taken to help local agencies achieve sustainable groundwater management from Dan McManus, regional planning branch chief at DWR. Regional, on-the-ground activities will be discussed by executive director of the Regional Water Authority and Sacramento Groundwater Authority.


Join Us on the April 22-24 Central Valley Tour
Early bird registration discounts end Monday

Sign-ups are underway for the Foundation’s April 22-24 Central Valley Water Tour, which focuses on San Joaquin Valley water issues. The tour begins and ends at Sacramento International Airport after a fast-paced trek down the west side of the valley and back up the east side.

Stops include San Luis Reservoir, the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Westlands Water District, the Tulare Lake Basin, Kern Water Bank, the Kings River, Friant Dam and the San Joaquin River.


Learn About “Living Within Our Means”
Long-term Water Management Featured Topic at March 25 Executive Briefing

The multi-year drought is the leading news story this year as water managers confront low reservoirs, reduced instream flows, water supply cutbacks, and the need for increased customer conservation. But even when this drought ends, many of these management challenges will not.

Experts say the effects of climate change, population growth and other factors will result in needing to further stretch supplies to meet future demands. Long-term management is the key.


Attend the Most Provocative Water Conference this Spring
Groundwater, drought, the Delta and more to be discussed at March 25 Executive Briefing

If you only have time to attend one water conference this spring this is THE event to attend: the Water Education Foundation’s March 25 Executive Briefing in Sacramento.

Consider the lineup of top speakers (just to name a few):

  • DWR Director Mark Cowin
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary Jennifer Gimbel
  • Cal-EPA Undersecretary Gordon Burns
  • Deputy Resources Secretary Karla Nemeth
  • Delta Vision Foundation President Sunne McPeak
  • California Water Foundation Executive Director Lester Snow

Registration Open for Spring Events Highlighting Drought, Groundwater

Our 2015 spring event season is underway with a line-up of top speakers and key water issues, such as groundwater and drought, on the agendas. Each event is linked to a page with more details and an online registration form. Some events are free but seating is limited so register soon.


New Western Water Magazine Available: Is California’s Water Supply Resilient and Sustainable?

In the January/February issue of Western Water Magazine, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the notion of a “sustainable” and “resilient” water supply.

His article highlights what sustainability and resiliency mean to a state in the middle of a drought and with a growing population and water needs that stretch from bustling cities in the north and south to the rich agricultural fields of the Central, Imperial and Coachella valleys and Central Coast.


Mark Cowin and Jennifer Gimbel to Speak at March 25 Briefing
Hot topics to be discussed include drought, the water bond and the new groundwater management act

Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, and Jennifer Gimbel, principal deputy assistant secretary for water and science at the Department of the Interior, will headline a lineup of top speakers at the Water Education Foundation’s March 25 Executive Briefing.


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.