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Persevering in a Year of Change and Challenges
A letter of thanks from the Water Education Foundation's Executive Director

As we wind down to Thanksgiving and look back on this challenging year, feelings of gratitude well up. 

We are grateful most of all for the health of our team at the Water Education Foundation. And we are especially grateful for those who supported us along the way, allowing our talented team to pivot in-person educational opportunities about California’s most precious natural resource into virtual experiences.

Joe Del Bosque, a former member of the California Water Commission, at his San Joaquin Valley farms stand, speaks.
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Last Chance to Sign Up for Virtual Water Journey Across the Central Valley, Today’s Q&A Session on 2021 Water Leader Applications

It’s your last chance to sign up for a few events this week:

Today at 3 p.m.: Are you considering applying for our 2021 Water Leaders class or supporting an applicant as their boss?

Sign up for a 30-minute Q&A session at 3 p.m. with Executive Director Jenn Bowles, who will offer details on the one-year program and tips for completing a solid application. The program deepens knowledge on water, enhances individual leadership skills and prepares class members to take an active, cooperative approach to decision-making about water resource issues. Get more info on the free Zoom event and learn how you can sign up to attend.

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Support Project Wet in California Through Workplace Giving
Consider a gift through payroll deduction campaigns underway for federal and state agencies, private employers

Workplace giving campaigns at the local, state and federal level.It’s workplace giving season, the time of year when anyone in the workplace can show their support for the organizations and causes they love.

The Water Education Foundation is now part of federal, state and private programs allowing donations through payroll deductions.

Like many nonprofits, the Foundation is “mission-driven but revenue-dependent.” We need your continued support, especially in a challenging year like 2020, to keep programs like Project WET going!

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Register for Central Valley Tour to Explore Water Challenges in Key Agricultural Region
Spend an afternoon touring the region virtually and participating in a live Q&A with experts

Grab your ticket for our Nov. 19 Central Valley Tour to explore water supply challenges in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions. You’ll hear from farmers, water managers, disadvantaged communities and others about how they’re meeting those challenges.

Joe Del Bosque, a former member of the California Water Commission, at his San Joaquin Valley farm.During this three-hour online event starting at 2:30 p.m., we’ll take you deep into the San Joaquin Valley to hear how farmers manage surface water for various crops and orchards, and how they are responding to mandates under the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. You’ll hear from the valley’s disadvantaged communities and learn how subsidence from groundwater pumping is affecting surface water facilities. You’ll visit key infrastructure, including San Luis Reservoir, Friant Dam and the Friant-Kern Canal. You also learn about managed wetlands, see a unique feature to one of the region’s rim dams, and hear about efforts to put water back in the ground. Get tickets here!

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for the tours. Contact Nick Gray at ngray@watereducation.org for more information.

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Join us for Virtual Water Journeys, Get Tips on Applying for 2021 Water Leaders Class and Snap Up Our New Water Rights Guide

As we countdown to the Thanksgiving holiday, we still have a lot going on at the Water Education Foundation over the coming weeks. And you can now get your copy of our updated Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights, which is hot off  the press!

Among our upcoming events:

Meghan Hertel with Audubon California at the Sacramento National Wildlife RefugeThis Thursday (Nov. 12): Our Northern California Tour will hit the road at 2:30 p.m. on a virtual exploration of the Sacramento River and its tributaries, where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of issues associated with a key source of the state’s water supply. Participants will visit Oroville and Shasta dams, rice fields and wildlife refuges, and hear from farmers, biologists and water managers. Get your ticket for the three-hour virtual journey here

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Last Chance to Reserve Your Spot on a Virtual Journey into California’s Water Hub
Sign up for the next Tuesday's Bay-Delta Tour; all virtual journeys this fall include overview presentations, exclusive video tour screenings and live Q&A with experts

The Delta map at Big Break Regional ShorelineIf you missed last month’s sold-out Bay-Delta Tour, you can join us next Tuesday, Nov. 10 for an encore presentation that will include a video tour and a live Q&A with key experts on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state’s vital water hub and the West Coast’s largest freshwater tidal estuary.

You’ll learn about Delta ecosystem restoration, impacts to ocean fisheries from changes in the Delta, agriculture and municipal water use and the Delta’s role in supplying water to Southern California. You’ll hear from farmers, fish biologists, water managers, people working on restoration efforts, and more! Get tickets here!

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Updated Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law Hot Off the Press
Latest edition of the Guide offers a "mini-textbook" to history, key issues and changes in water law

Our popular Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law has just been updated with an extensive section on groundwater rights and the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act as well as the latest significant court cases governing how water is used in California. 

This 28-page Layperson’s Guide, recognized as the most thorough explanation of California water rights law available to non-lawyers, traces the authority for water flowing in a stream or reservoir, from a faucet or into an irrigation ditch through the complex web of California water rights.

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Join Q&A Session for 2021 Water Leaders Class & Applications
Learn more about the program and get tips on applying during Nov. 17 online event

A group photo with the 2019 Water Leaders on our Lower Colorado River tour.One of our most popular programs, the Water Leaders class is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California water issues and building leadership skills with class members by studying a water-related topic in-depth and working with a mentor. 

Are you considering apply for the 2021 class or supporting a candidate? Join us at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 for a 30-minute Q&A session with Foundation Executive Director Jenn Bowles, who will offer details on the program and tips on completing an application.

Register here for the Zoom Q&A session!

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Visit Oroville and Shasta Dams, Rice Farms, Wetlands and More During a Virtual Journey through Northern California
Spend an afternoon touring the region virtually and participating in a live Q&A with experts

Reconstructed Oroville SpillwaySign up for next week’s Nov. 12 virtual Northern California Tour, which will take you through a region key to water supply for much of the state.

During the three-hour online event, you’ll get up close to Oroville Dam and learn how its two spillways were repaired following a catastrophic 2017 storm. You’ll also visit rice farms and wetlands in the Sacramento Valley, and hear from farmers and environmentalists about efforts to restore runs of endangered chinook salmon and help birds along the Pacific Flyway. You’ll also visit Shasta Dam and the area being eyed for the proposed Sites Reservoir. Get your ticket for the “bus” here

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Immerse Yourself in California’s Key Water Sources During Upcoming Virtual Journeys
Get your ticket for our Bay-Delta Tour Encore and/or Northern California Tour

Tickets are going fast for our three-hour virtual journeys into key California water sources.

Registration is open for our:

Bay-Delta Tour: Nov. 10

Aerial view of Sacramento-San Joaquin DeltaIf you missed our October Bay-Delta Tour, you can join us Nov. 10 for an encore. This tour traverses the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that serves as California’s most crucial water and ecological resource. Hear from farmers, fish biologists, people working on restoration efforts and more!

Northern California Tour: Nov. 12

Aerial view of Shasta Dam and Lake Shasta.Explore the  Sacramento River and its tributaries and gain a deeper understanding of the issues associated with a key source of the state’s water supply. Visit Oroville and Shasta dams, rice fields and wildlife refuges, and hear from farmers, biologists and water managers.

Each virtual tour event will include:

  • An overview presentation of the region’s critical topics
  • A guided video tour of key locations — farms, wetlands, dams and reservoirs, wildlife habitats — to gain a stronger understanding on a variety of water supply issues and the latest policy developments
  • Live Q&A with experts featured in the video so attendees can dive deeper into the topics

As part of each event, participants will receive one of our popular Layperson’s Guides and be entered into a drawing to win one of our beautiful water maps.

Attendees should make sure they download the latest version of Zoom before the event.

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Grab Your Ticket for Nov. 12 Virtual “NorCal” Journey into California’s Key Water Source
See dates for all fall virtual journeys that include overview presentation, exclusive video tour screenings and live Q&A with experts

Water Education Foundation staff on the road filming for the Northern California Tour. Join us for an engaging virtual exploration of the Sacramento River and its tributaries to learn about issues associated with a key source for the state’s water supply on our Nov. 12 Northern California Tour.  

In addition to the Northern California Tour, you can join us for an encore Bay-Delta Tour Nov. 10 and other virtual journeys into key water regions across California.

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Help Support Water Education in California Through Payroll Deductions
Consider a gift through workplace giving campaigns underway for federal and state agencies, private employers

Attendees listen to a presentation at the Foundation's Water 101 WorkshopThe Water Education Foundation is fortunate to have generous supporters who have answered the call to make contributions through a workplace giving campaign. The contributions support our nonprofit’s mission to inspire understanding of water and catalyze critical conversations to build bridges and inform collaborative decision-making.

This year, we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation via a one-time payroll deduction or as a set amount per pay period through your employer.

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Applications for 2021 Water Leaders Class Now Available
Apply by Dec. 21 for program that promotes a deeper understanding of statewide water issues

Water Leaders program for early to mid-career water professionalsApplications are now available for our yearlong Water Leaders class.

One of our most popular programs, the Water Leaders class is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of California water issues and building leadership skills with class members by studying a water-related topic in-depth and working with a mentor. 

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Support Water Education in California Through Workplace Giving
Foundation is now part of federal, state and private programs allowing donations through payroll deductions

It’s workplace giving season, the time of year when anyone in the workplace can show their support for the organizations and causes they love.

If you have come on one of our water tours, participated in our Water Leaders program or are a loyal reader of our Western Water articles or weekday Aquafornia water news feed, you can now support us though a payroll deduction at your workplace, whether it’s a federal or state agency or in the private-sector.

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Join the Waitlist for our Virtual Bay-Delta Tour to Get Priority ‘Seating’ for Encore Event
First of our fall virtual journeys has sold out; Save the dates for engaging online water events that remain

Virtual Bay Delta Tour scenes from shooting videoOur virtual Bay-Delta Tour set for tomorrow (Oct. 8) has sold out, but you can still join the waitlist and receive priority access to an encore Bay-Delta Tour event later this fall if there’s enough interest!

In addition to the Bay-Delta Tour, you can join us later this fall for other engaging virtual journeys into key water regions across California

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Applications for 2021 Water Leaders Class Coming Soon!
Program gives big-picture view of California, fosters deeper understanding of water and pairs class members with mentors

Water Leader alums (clockwise, from top left) Newsha Ajami, Martha Guzman Aceves, Dave Mooney, Sean MaguireFun, friendship, invaluable contacts, exposure to different viewpoints, core knowledge and a big-picture view of California water are all elements of our popular and respected Water Leaders program aimed at early to mid-career professionals.

Alums include Sean Maguire, State Water Resources Control Board member; Newsha Ajami, director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University’s Water in the West; Dave Mooney, Bay-Delta office manager, Bureau of Reclamation; and Martha Guzman Aceves, a commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission.

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2019 Annual Report Recaps Water Education Efforts in California And the West
Water Education Foundation report highlights year of accomplishment; gratitude to supporters

The Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2019 Annual Report takes readers along to see the array of educational events, trainings and articles we produced last year to create a better understanding of water resources in California and the Southwest.

The Annual Report, whose release was delayed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, recaps the Foundation’s efforts for the year in words and photos.

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Join the Waitlist for our Virtual Bay-Delta Tour to Get Priority ‘Seating’ for Encore Event
First of our fall virtual journeys has sold out; Save the dates for engaging online water events that remain

Virtual Bay Delta Tour scenes from shooting videoOur virtual Bay-Delta Tour set for Oct. 8 has sold out, but you can still join the waitlist in case ’seats’ open up.

Those who have signed up for the waitlist will receive priority access to an encore Bay-Delta Tour event later this fall if there’s enough interest!

In addition to the Bay-Delta Tour, you can join us later this fall for other engaging virtual journeys into key water regions across California. As part of each event, participants will receive one of our popular Layperson’s Guides and be entered into a drawing to win one of our beautiful water maps

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Grab Your Ticket for Virtual Journey into California’s Water Hub
See dates for all fall virtual journeys that include overview presentation, exclusive video tour screenings and live Q&A with experts

Join us this fall for engaging virtual journeys into key water regions across California, including our Oct. 8 Bay-Delta Tour.

Virtual Bay Delta Tour scenes from shooting videoEach tour event will include:

  • An overview presentation of the region’s critical topics
  • A guided video tour of key locations — farms, wetlands, dams and reservoirs, wildlife habitats — to gain a stronger understanding on a variety of water supply issues and the latest policy developments
  • Live Q&A with experts featured in the video so attendees can dive deeper into the topics

As part of each event, participants will receive one of our popular Layperson’s Guides and be entered into a drawing to win one of our beautiful water maps.

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Registration Open for Virtual Journey into Key California Water Region
Bay-Delta Tour includes overview presentation, exclusive video tour screening and live Q&A with experts on the state's vital water hub

Aerial view of a part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.Join us for an Oct. 8 virtual journey into California’s most critical and controversial water region in the state: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals, supports the state’s two large water systems – the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project – and together with the San Francisco Bay is an important ecological resource.