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Water Education Foundation Honored Nationally for Program that Trains Teachers in Climate Change Science
The Foundation’s teacher training program was recognized for its innovative partnership with the California Department of Water Resources

Water Education Foundation logoThe Water Education Foundation has won a national award for its innovative partnership with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to train schoolteachers across the state on climate science and how they can bring hands-on activities into their classrooms connected to local examples of climate change impacts.

The award was presented today by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry during their virtual Climate Leadership Series and Awards Showcase, Oct. 13-15. The Climate Leadership Awards is a national program that recognizes exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change. In all, 24 organizations nationwide were honored this year.


Last Chance to Register for our Northern California Tour; Water Summit Just Around the Corner
Join us online Oct. 14 for a virtual journey across the Sacramento Valley and Oct. 28 for our annual premier event

Aerial photo of a portion of Lake Oroville in July 2021 showing almost no water, the result of a two-year drought.Learn about the drought now plaguing California and steps being taken to abate the impacts at our annual Water Summit later this month, and gain a deeper understanding of the state’s biggest watershed relied on by millions for drinking water during our Northern California Tour this Thursday.


Visit Oroville and Shasta Dams, Rice Farms, Wetlands and More During our Online Northern California Tour
Grab Your Ticket While They Last for our Engaging Virtual Journey into the Sacramento Valley Oct. 14

Reconstructed Oroville SpillwayRegister now for next week’s virtual Northern California Tour on Oct. 14 to explore the Sacramento River and its tributaries and learn about issues associated with a key source for the state’s water supply, including the drought now gripping California.

During the afternoon online event, you’ll 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 get up close to Oroville Dam, a key component of the State Water Project, and learn how its two spillways were repaired following a catastrophic 2017 storm, and visit other major infrastructure such as Shasta Dam, part of the federal Central Valley Project. In addition, you’ll visit the area being eyed for the proposed Sites Reservoir. Seating on the virtual “tour bus” is limited, so get your ticket here


Oct. 28 Water Summit Panel to Examine Drought Impacts Across California
Optional In-person Sacramento River Cruise Reception to Follow Engaging Afternoon Online Event

Lake Oroville, September 2021Register today for our Water Summit, hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the afternoon of Oct. 28, to hear a variety of perspectives detailing the on-the-ground impacts of the the current drought in California.


Applications Open Soon for Water Leaders Program, Which Marks Its 25th Year in 2022
Yearlong program offers early- to mid-career professionals a deeper understanding of California water issues; named for former DWR Director Bill Gianelli

Water Leader takes notes during an orientation session. Applications will soon be available for our yearlong Water Leaders class, which will mark its 25th year in 2022, so now is the time to start polishing those resumes and seeking support from employers.

One of our most popular programs, the William R. “Bill” Gianelli 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.


Registration Now Open for the Foundation’s California Water Summit
Join us online Oct. 28 for our annual premier event; Optional In-person Sacramento River cruise reception to follow

Aerial photo of a portion of Lake Oroville in July 2021 showing almost no water, the result of a two-year drought.Registration is now open for the Foundation’s Water Summit, hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the afternoon of Oct. 28, followed by an optional in-person reception during an open-air cruise along the Sacramento River.

With the theme, Pivoting Today’s Pain into Tomorrow’s Gain, the online event will examine what’s being done to get through the drought now gripping California and highlight some of the innovative programs, projects and partnerships aimed at addressing the challenges. 

Our annual premier event now in its 37th year, the Water Summit features policymakers, water managers and other water experts who will provide the latest information and viewpoints on issues affecting water across California and the West. 

Find more details and register here. Members of the Foundation get discounted prices to attend. 


Journey along the Sacramento River and Into Other Key California Watersheds During Virtual Events this Fall
Enjoy our NorCal Tour Oct. 14 and Travel Into the Sierras for our Headwaters Tour Nov. 9; Don't Forget our Virtual Water Summit event Oct. 28

The Foundation’s virtual journeys will whisk you away to explore California’s key rivers and water regions this fall from the Sacramento River to the headwaters in the Sierras.

Plus, our annual Water Summit will feature water managers and other water experts who are dealing with the “new normal” as unprecedented drought and wildfires challenge the status quo.


Reserve Your Spot for a Virtual Journey into California’s Water Hub
'Seating' is limited for next Thursday's Bay-Delta Tour that includes overview presentation, exclusive video tour screening and live Q&A with experts in chat rooms

The Delta map at Big Break Regional ShorelineJoin us next Thursday, Sept. 9, for an engaging online Bay-Delta Tour that will feature 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. Plus, you’ll get your hands on the newest update of our Layperson’s Guide to the Delta, published in 2020.

‘Seating’ on the virtual tour bus is limited, though, so get your ticket here!


2020 Annual Report Recaps Water Education Efforts in California And the West Amid a Global Pandemic
Water Education Foundation report highlights a year of challenges, accomplishment and gratitude

The Water Education Foundation’s just-released 2020 Annual Report recaps how, even in the midst of a global pandemic, we continued educating about the most crucial natural resource in California and the West – water. 

The annual report takes readers along to see the array of educational events, trainings and articles we produced last year, including engaging virtual water tours that educated participants on pressing water issues and allowed them to interact with each other and a wide range of experts offering different viewpoints. 


Latest Western Water Article Examines Effort To Revive Mexico’s Colorado River Delta Despite Chronic Drought
Experimental flows aim to revive trees, provide habitat for birds and wildlife and buffer climate change impacts

Water is flowing once again in the Colorado River’s delta in Mexico, a vast region that was once a natural splendor before the iconic Western river was dammed and diverted, leaving the delta a desert. Now an audacious multi-year experiment, brokered under a binational agreement, is releasing river water into the delta floodplain to provide habitat for birds and wildlife as well as buffer climate change impacts. 

Our latest article in Western Water examined the restoration flows, what conservation groups and others hope to accomplish and how a multi-decade drought that is forcing water cuts for some Colorado River water users could affect the effort.

Announcement Layperson's Guide to the Delta

Explore California’s Vital Water Hub During Sept. 9 Virtual Journey
Join us online for diverse views & conversations on hot topics during our Bay-Delta Tour

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast, is a vital hub in California’s complex water delivery system as well as a rich farming region, an important wetlands area – and often, a source of conflict.

Join us for an engaging online journey on Sept. 9 to go deep into the Delta and its 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that supports the state’s two large water systems - the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.


Join our Team to Help Educate About the West’s Most Precious Natural Resource
We're seeking someone keenly interested in water issues to plan conferences, workshops and do multimedia; we also are looking for freelancers to help with writing & editing

Water Education Foundation logoThe Water Education Foundation has a full-time job opening for a programs and communications manager  interested in educating and informing the public about our most vital natural resource — water.

In addition, our news and publication team is looking for freelance writers with deep knowledge and experience covering water issues in California and the Colorado River Basin.


Water Summit and Headwaters Tour to go Virtual this Fall

The Water Education Foundation was hoping to host a few in-person events this fall (and you told us in a survey that you wanted us to) but with the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cases, we have decided to present our Water Summit and Headwaters Tour in a virtual format.

However, while our annual Water Summit will be virtual on Oct. 28, we are hoping to include an optional outdoor reception aboard a boat for a Sacramento River cruise. Stay tuned for details!


Grab Your Ticket for Virtual Journey into California’s Water Hub
Bay-Delta Tour includes overview presentation, exclusive video tour screening and live Q&A with experts in chat rooms

Join us for a Sept. 9 virtual journey into California’s most critical and controversial water region in the state, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and learn how the drought is impacting water quality and supply.

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, forms an important ecological resource. 


Registration Open for Virtual Journeys Into Key Water Regions This Fall
Engaging Online Events Include Overview Presentations, Guided Video Tours & Live Q&A With Experts in Chat Rooms

Immerse yourself in California’s key water sources this fall with the Foundation’s schedule of engaging virtual tours. 

Each tour event will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. PT and includes:

  • 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 in chat rooms so participants can dive deeper into the topics, including the drought gripping California.

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


We’re Moving! Please Update Our Contact Information
Foundation Office Moves Closer to Confluence of Sacramento & American Rivers

We’re moving! Please update your contact information for the Water Education Foundation.

Starting Aug. 2, our office will be located near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, on the fringe of downtown Sacramento.

Our new address is 2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento CA 95833.

Our phone number (916-444-6240) is not changing, but we will still be working in hybrid mode and sending an email is always the quickest way to get a response.


Whet Your Interest in Water With Our Array of Accessible Online Resources
Access the latest articles from our journalism team, keep on top of drought news and tap into our water encyclopedia

Curious about the significance of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Looking for the latest information on the drought hitting California and the West? Want to read up on some of the historic figures in California water?

The Water Education Foundation has an array of online resources to help you keep up with what’s new, what you need to know and what you might be curious about involving water in California and the West.


Save the Dates for our Fall Events, Join our Team, Check Out Our Drought Page and Moving Sale
Foundation planning to offer a mix of in-person & online tours & events

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Water Education Foundation!

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

At the Foundation, we are busy preparing to move to a new office near the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers, planning a blend of virtual and in-person programming for the fall and offering a sale on our beautiful water maps and guides so we don’t have to move them. 


We’re Hiring! Join the Foundation as a Programs and Communications Manager
We're seeking someone keenly interested in water issues to plan conferences, workshops and do multimedia

Join the team at the Water Education Foundation, a nonprofit that has been a trusted source of water news and educational programs in California and across the West for more than 40 years.

We have a full-time opening for an enthusiastic, team-oriented, multitasking Programs & Communications Manager at our office in Sacramento.


There’s Still Time to Save 30% On Water Maps, Guides and More During Our Moving Sale!
We’re relocating our office, so now’s the time to build out your water library and save some money

maps imageWe’re in the final weeks of our moving sale as we prepare to head to new quarters next month, so you still have a little time left to knock 30 percent off the price of our water maps, Layperson’s Guides, DVDs and more.

Use the code MOVINGSALE when you check out to claim your 30 percent discount and get those updated maps, guides and DVDs you’ve wanted.